Lewis T. Powell, an award-winning director, producer, screen writer, and actor reveals his secrets on how he stays healthy and fit in Hollywood. Marking his 15th year in Hollywood Lewis, originally a native of Washington, DC is a Master Barber by family trade, his father a barber of 47 years, along with 17 barbers in his extended family, started off as a sweeper at his family’s barbershop at age 5.
Doubling throughout the years as a Master Barber, filmmaker, musician and actor with coast to coast experience from Washington, DC to South Los Angeles, Lewis is blazing a trail for himself as one of the most multi-faceted people in the entertainment business. He has cut the hair of over 50 celebrities from 50 Cent, Wale, Outkast (Big Boi, Andre 3000), John Singleton, Chris Paul, Soulja Boy, to name a few.
He graduated from Howard University, on a writing scholarship with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration & Management and known for his roles in the films, “Kings” starring Halle Berry and Daniel Craig, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Squatters, starring Richard Dreyfuss and Gabriella Wilde.
Powell has challenged audiences to confront the past with his critically-acclaimed short film, called "Padlock Men." He plays the lead “Walter Posey Fodrell,” and shares one of his youthful memoirs of the historically secret band of vigilante civil rights soldiers known as the Padlock Men "Blood for Blood Knuckles Dirty."
The 17-minute television pilot teaser that doubles as a short film serves as a slice and catalyst into the world of Lewis's full project that is being developed as a one-hour episodic fictionalized drama and thriller limited series revolving around actual events set upon the backdrop of the civil rights movement.
Powell's Padlock Men, of which he wrote, starred, directed, and produced has to date netted 28 'Official' Film Festival selections with 17 wins and nominations for its depiction of the historically secret band of vigilante civil rights soldiers.
When the topic of health, fitness and his incredible journey was asked to Lewis, he was quick to chime in.
"The journey is the experience and the experience is the journey." "I believe, if you aim for the sky, but move slowly, enjoying every step along the way, it is all those little steps that make the journey complete." "Sometimes, it just takes a little longer to get to your destination, but if you make sure to enjoy the journey, eventually, you will get there," says Powell.
5 Questions with Actor Lewis T. Powell on Staying Healthy and Fit
Q: What is the key to staying healthy?
LTP: The number one key is healthy eating. Food is what fuels your body to help you achieve your goals, and without the proper nutrition through quality foods, it will be hard to reach your goal of eating healthy, in my opinion.
Q: What types of food would you recommend to eat?
LTP: Maintaining a balanced diet consisting of fruits, vegetables, complex carbohydrates, complete proteins, and healthy fats like fish oils and flexseeds is the the way to go.
Q: How often should you eat a day?
LTP: I try and eat more clean food. I generally eat five times a day, which is about three hours, to get the metabolism moving and grooving. I also try and include two small meals in between my three basic meals. You might want to eat less as the day goes on. I try and control my portion sizes, though.
Q: Do you have a mantra or motto that you can share?
LTP: "Eat with purpose." Everything you consume should have a large nutritional value and serve a nutritional purpose in your body which will fuel your workouts and optimize your body."
Q: How do you build muscle?
LTP: Well, I remain focused and consistent in my workouts. I train with weights on average around four times a week. It’s also important to get your rest, after the gym because muscle tissue grows outside of the gym when you give your body time to relax and recover following the workouts.
Lewis continues to appear in films, as well as earning notice as a writer, producer, and director.
Padlock Men is available on Amazon Prime.
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