For prominent celebrities, guesting on one of the most-watched television shows could merely be another publicity stunt. But for a guy like Akeem Mair, appearing on The Ellen Show was a momentous experience.
Akeem Mair gained the spotlight when he was seen at the segment called Speak the Lyrics on the Ellen Show. The episode made waves as it gained the attention of everyone he knew, from his friends and family to distant colleagues. Eventually, Akeem became the talk of the town. It was an accidental experience, and he never fathomed how it could open opportunities for his creative career.
Speak the Lyrics is a segment where a producer or a writer from The Ellen Show gets filmed in a bustling public place and tries to converse with people in the area using only the lyrics of a particular song.
Akeem Mair was casually passing by Barnes and Noble in Burbank when he saw a television crew outside. He got curious, so he went in. Little did he know that he would be one of the persons segment producer Lauren would share a conversation with.
The clip where Akeem Mair was spotted gained over 680,000 views on YouTube alone, aside from being aired on national TV. In the particular segment, Lauren was casually reciting the lyrics of the song Me! by Taylor Swift to some store patrons. After a while, the producer was standing directly opposite Akeem when she started speaking the lyrics. At first, he was confused because he would ask Lauren specific questions and make small talk, but the producer kept talking out of context.
Akeem Mair played along with Lauren with an open mind, and their conversation turned into one that would get a laugh out of anyone. As a former acting student himself, Akeem saw the situation as an opportunity to practice his improvisation skills. During the conversation, he remembered what he learned from Mike Pointer’s level 3 class of Improv Mystery. His teacher said, “Be completely confident and don’t disagree with anything.”
To Akeem, it was a challenge as a novice actor. Little did he know that it would explode to a bigger situation. As Ellen Degeneres would say it, the episode is by far one of the best for Speak the Lyrics. While it was a short encounter, the episode indeed filled audiences with joy. It brought smiles to everyone across the country.
It wasn’t a couple of months later when Akeem Mair would know of his epic television exposure. While attending a class called On Set/On Camera by David Rountree, he received the news. The lecture he was attending was about breaking down realistic movements and actions in the scene. Amid the class, Akeem’s phone buzzed with one message after another. He checked and saw how his friends, family, and acquaintances proudly congratulated him for appearing on The Ellen Show.
“It was definitely a moment to remember and has been a big time exposure for my career,” Akeem Mair said. Soon enough, after generating over five million views on Instagram, the clip reached Sarah Angeli, Akeem’s future agent from Commercial Talent Agency. The agent met him in a meeting, praised his hilarious performance on the segment, and the rest was history.
Akeem Mair realized that opportunities could indeed come from anywhere. “I learned that life is an unexpected audition, especially in the land of Hollywood,” he remarked. Today, he welcomes chances and approaches life as if nothing is a coincidence.