"I'd always tell him: If you want your dream, you've got to pursue it. It's not going to become a reality until you do it," said Lucy Alberson of Vanduser.
Alberson said she first noticed her son's interest in performing after he visited New York City during a school-sponsored trip when he was attending Scott County Central High School.
"He was really wanting to do it. I told him: you have no ties here, and if you're going to do it, you may as well pursue it," Lucy Alberson recalled.
After graduating high school, Alberson co-owned and managed Antonio's Salon in downtown Sikeston for several years, as well as worked as a licensed Realtor for Century 21 Premiere Realty.
The aspiring actor also spent a couple summers in New York City where he received training guided by New York University as well as an extensive program at H.B. Studio, an intimate school for performance-based training. He was also involved in the Sikeston Little Theatre, his mother said.
"I was repeatedly told by my mother that I could be anything I wanted to be. And while I had established a career and comfortable life in Missouri as a business owner and Realtor, it wasn't feeding the desire that had always been in my heart to be a performer," said Alberson.
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