Today we’d like to introduce you to Alexandra Adomaitis.
Alexandra, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico and grew up in the suburbs of Boston. As a child and into my teens, I studied dance and was a professional dancer for a time before an injury sidelined my career. After leaving the dance world I went to the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts (AADA) in New York City and I also studied for a summer in Oxford at the British American Drama Academy.
After graduating, I eventually became bi-coastal and worked in New York, Miami and LA. Although I started out as strictly an actor, the lack of diversity in the roles being offered to me inspired me to start writing, which eventually lead me to direct. In 2016, I co-founded the production company Red Siren Entertainment, with the goal of bringing the highest quality work to the public, both behind and in front of the camera. My current focus today is mainly directing because I truly enjoy getting to mold the direction of the stories I am sharing in a different way then how I could when I was an actor.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
If I could place a big “LOL” here I would…I guess I just did, but hell no! I don’t know too many in the entertainment industry that have had a smooth road. It’s always filled with potholes and plot twists, often too many for my liking, but I manage. I like to think of this career like a game of chutes and ladders, sometimes you’re up and sometimes…well you get the gist.
The craziest part about my career is that everything could change on a dime. When I was a child I thought my whole world would be ballet forever, I could have never guessed I’d be doing what I’m doing today. I have worked my ass off, more than most people know, but I love the hustle and am grateful for every lesson. I feel the lessons usually make me a better artist.
Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
My business is in the entertainment industry, I’m a writer/director. My company is called Red Siren Entertainment, which I co-founded with my producing partner Tracy Keshek. We specialize in creating content that is entertaining and inspiring. We aim to give women in our industry opportunities that they might normally not get. We also firmly believe in bringing diversity to the screen.
I am honestly most proud of the fact that we are still going! Making a film is one thing, and that’s already a huge accomplishment for anyone, but being two young women that started this company with nothing and hustled to get it to where it is today really amazes me. I feel the thing that sets us apart from others is the type of content we create and quality we bring to it. Often, I prefer to film action, violence, sex, and mystery, which you don’t often see from women filmmakers. At Red Siren, we like to be innovative and creative. The quality is always important to me too; we strive to hire the most talented and hard-working folks in the industry.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Finding the delicate balance between being humble and a strong leader has been very important. I always want my crew and my actors and anyone else working with me to feel supported but also know that I will give 110% every minute and I expect the same from them. Growing up, my parents always emphasized how important gratitude was, no matter the circumstance, so I still try to keep that in my mind.
- Website: www.alexandratheartist.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @queenmaitis
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/redsirenent/
- Twitter: @queenmaitis
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