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Sometimes out of turmoil and strife, we build character. Sometimes when chaos ensues we become our better selves and circumstances define our path. Such was the case with Robert Leckington who rose to the occasion to evolve as the artist he was destined to become.
In 1999 Leckington had an epiphany. He had to get his life together. He had just gotten his second driving under the influence and realized he had to stop being the directionless, partier he had been. The music career he had been pursuing was not going as planned and neither was his life. It had to change.
And change it did. It took a little doing, but Leckington arrived on the east coast in November, 2003 with a fresh perspective. He ended up developing a brand new career in 2009 and despite some naysayers who said the 5’6” actor did not have a marketable look, he has racked up some film roles and two Crash the Superbowl Dorito contest commercials which are now part of his diverse audition reel.
Although he hasn’t played a lot of music recently, Leckington says he’ll never give it up. It has been his love from the time he was about three years old growing up in Albany, Oregon when his grandparents gifted him a toy snare drum.
In high school he was part of the band program and played music with friends. After high school, Leckington played in several groups in the Oregon and Washington State area that performed in the prime entertainment spots.
But after a while it just wasn’t going anywhere.
“I was the kind of guy who wasn’t into much more than the music,” Leckington admits. “And I had been a partier pretty much since I had been in high school. Eventually I got into trouble with it.”
That was when he realized it was time to get his act together, so to speak. He attended an out-patient program which Leckington says put his earth back on its axis.
“I realized the people I was hanging around with weren’t the type of people I needed to hang around with” Leckington said.
The move to the east coast was just what he needed — a new direction, a new focus and a new career.
While working at an alarm installation company, he answered an ad in the Bergen Record Newspaper on a whim that offered him an opportunity to speak with a talent manager.
“It looked like fun, it seemed artistic,” Leckington says. “Growing up, people told me I might be good for a certain role or something.”
Leckington began to study the craft, first with a cold reading class in October 2009, followed by several other acting classes. By November, he had gotten a background part in the film called “The Adjustment Bureau”, starring Matt Damon.
For about two years, Leckington got his feet wet primarily doing background work. One of the highlights of those jobs was as a member of two mob scenes in “Batman: The Dark Knight Rises.” He had a blast, even though there were some 16-hour days on his feet in flat-footed wardrobe boots.
“The ending climax scene where the mob goes up against the Gotham City Police was a lot of fun,” Leckington recalls. “It wasn’t a speaking role, but it was the most fun I’ve had on a movie set.”
In 2012 he booked his first speaking role in the independent film “Unicorn Sky,” which he describes as a conspiracy story.
“I was so excited,” Leckington recalls.
In the film “Moirai” he plays Michael Roberts, a tormented young man whose wanderings land him in trouble. The short garnered great reviews and has been accepted into the Long Island Film Expo.
While the multi-talented Leckington pursues the acting profession and goes out on auditions, this force of nature is getting his second Master’s Degree online for TV management to be able to run a television station or produce a show or network.
Recently he established Extremely Loud Media to umbrella his many creative endeavors — acting, art, photography, his developing behind the scenes TV production skills and music — as well as the charitable organizations in which he is involved.
Mostly, Leckington, with a look so perfect for commercials and a myriad of character roles, says he would love to continue his journey as a working actor.
“You can create characters and you don’t necessarily have to be who you are as a person,” Leckington says. “I’ve got the bug.”
For more information: Robertleckington.com
Robyn Flans – June 2017