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Conversations with Alexis Keonia Brown

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alexis Keonia

Hi Alexis Keonia, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
Sure. I was born in Albany, a small town in southern Georgia. Coming from a military family, moving was apart of our routine before I was raised in the wine country of Temecula, California. One day a flyer landed in our mailbox promoting a local pageant and at a young age my interest was immediately sparked. So I began competing locally, which eventually led me to bigger crowds, and larger stages.

It wasn’t long before I was scouted by an agency in Los Angeles which began my career at age seven. Completely new to the industry, my family quickly adapted to this lifestyle change. Auditions were throughout the week and hours away from home. At times it was hectic, but I am still fond of those childhood memories. As I grew older, my focus shifted. From the start of my freshman year at Chaparral High School, I was extremely devoted to my academics. I was enrolled in multiple AP classes and tutored my peers in science and math every week. Although I was fulfilled in this way, I knew something was missing. Growing up, I watched every season of America’s Next Top Model.

For years, I studied Seventeen Magazine with a dream of being on those pages one day. And though it seemed too distant from reality then, halfway through my first year of college, I pressed reset on my dreams and signed with Willow Model Management. Shortly after signing, I received a call (in class) from my agent that I was selected by Victoria Secret Pink’s Back-To-School campaign. From there, my career launched. I was spending much of my time in Los Angeles and began booking beauty campaigns with companies such as NARS and NYX Cosmetics. As I continued, my opportunities became increasingly surreal and my markets expanded. People began recognizing my face in ads for Satin Lined Caps, J.R. Watkins, Primally Pure, and Jolyn Swimsuits; Commercials for CHI Hair, Barbie, Tuft & Needle and Conoco Gas; Editorials for Harpers Bazaar and throughout their shopping experience in-store and online. It has been quite the journey aspiring for the goals that I have now achieved, and I’ll never forget where I started or those that have helped me along the way.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Far from smooth, that’s for sure. I made a decision early on that my education was a priority and I refused to sacrifice that. But as a full-time pre-med student, obtaining a Tuesday/Thursday schedule was nearly impossible and my availability was extremely limited. The closer I became to completing my degree in Chemistry, the further stagnant I felt in my modeling career. Very few bookings I could afford to attend and I began losing prominent opportunities on a regular basis. It felt as if one of my dreams was slipping away, just as the other was being built. Those years were very difficult but having a support system by my side pushed me through the anguish. Relentlessly, I obtained my degree and returned to modeling full-time. I don’t regret a thing. I’ve witnessed that every sacrifice and moment of doubt only reinforces that nothing meant for you will pass you by.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I love what I do. It still feels like a dream every time I’m on set. I’ve been fortunate to explore various niches, but I find myself specializing in commercial and print work. It’s always amazing being able to work with creatives to achieve a vision. Outside of managing my natural hair, most of my work actually involves self-awareness and teamwork. I perform my best when I have an arena that openly allows the freedom of my expression. I love being able to tap into silly, mysterious, fun, or bold moods, and then having them captured on camera. What sets me apart is the positive energy I bring to each and every set. Over the years, I am most proud of retaining an attitude of loving what I do and encouraging others like me to pursue their passions!

What matters most to you? Why?
Living in the moment has always been my mantra. When they say memories last a lifetime, I do hope it is true. I cherish every moment that is spent and created with other people. That is what matters most to me, because life is too short.

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Gabi Adams, Nikki Smith, Megan Taylor

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1 Comment

  1. Ashton

    December 7, 2020 at 19:00

    Awww this is incredible!!! Keep up the great work!!!!!!!

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