Alexis Michelle Bugarin
Who’d a thunk it? Her parents never knew she was gifted with a voice until the movie Rio came out. She watched that movie up in her room reciting each line and singing along as if she was one of the characters. One evening she was asked to turn her television down and in her itty bitty voice she replied, “It’s off. I’m singing mommy!” To her mom’s surprise, this little 5 year old CAN SING! She has a natural vibrato and could hit HIGH notes easily. Right there and then her parents knew God gifted her this voice to share with others.
She started her musical journey first learning to play the piano. After her parents knew she could sing, they immediately switched her to vocal lessons. At 6 years old she started vocal lessons, and then at 8 she decided to try out musical theater. There she fell in love with the stage. She so passionate in performing that before a show ever ends she’s already asking to audition for the next. Since her first musical in 2014, Alexis has been in 9 productions. She had her first lead role at the age of 9 in Disney Mania. Alexis opened doors for younger kids with a vocal trainer who only took high schoolers as her youngest. Alexis auditioned for this trainer and to her surprise, she couldn’t believe what she was hearing. Alexis became her first young student at the age of 9. This girl was born to be on stage!
Alexis is part of many performing arts studios around our island. Some of which includes Shooting Stars with Diamond Head Theater, Performing Arts Center in Kapolei, and Castle Performing Arts Center. She trains regularly in vocals with her coach Christina Brown, dancing many different genres, and learning line for auditions which leaves hardly any room for a day off. You’ll see her performing all around our island. A few of her highlighted performances were with Philippine maestro, Ryan Cayabyab and the Honolulu Broadway Babies at 10 years old. Then at 11, she was the youngest performer at the 2017 Po’okela Awards, Hawaii’s version of the Tony Awards. She sang an original song called Lucky from a play she did, Dragonfly: The Story of a Young Local Girl’s Journey through Foster Care. Alexis has also performed in California, New York, and Florida with a few performing studios and as a soloist. She’s also trained with maestro Ryan Cayabyab and with 1994 Emmy Award winner musical director, Michael Rafter.
Not only will you see her performing on stage, but also on tv and film. She was an extra on Hawaii 5-O and also worked on an Independent film, Devatha. Her most memorable appearances were Nickelodeon’s Paradise Run, celebrity episode with Olympic gymnast, Danell Leyva were she was a winner and took home the grand prize. You will also see her on a Vice Golf commercial with Erik Lang that’s featured on the golf channel and internationally. She continues to work hard to better her craft. She hopes to one day perform on Broadway or to be an actor on the big screen. She knows it’s gonna take a lot of hard work and dedication but she prays one day she’ll get there.
On top of being in front of the camera or on stage, Alexis also loves giving back to her community. Whether it be feeding the houseless; performing for special events; taking a stand against human trafficking, domestic violence, and/or suicide prevention; beach clean up; and many more. She’s is also dipping her feet back into pageantry and sharing her platform of B.R.A.V.E. (Building Respect and Values for Everyone).
Alexis enjoys being a part of FKBK and can’t wait to see where this journey takes her and all these talented kids. “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”~Walt Disney