Today we’d like to introduce you to Alexandra Senior.
Alexandra, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Honestly, it’s hard to know where to start, given my conclusion of these 19 years is I will probably always be changing/ adapting/ growing/ whatever you want to call it, and I just gotta keep up. I feel I have lived many different versions of myself, and I have now found a sweet spot. But performance-wise, I started in theater, which I actually did frequently for a long time. While I loved the stage and the opportunity to make friends from all over LA, it didn’t really light my fire by my mid-teens. I had only considered myself as a singer with potential to be a singer after I had been heard singing in the shower in an eating disorder treatment facility (of all magical places) by some friends and they told me I had some chops. Given my situation, I think that idea ignited a new spark within me, one where I could find myself, instead of trying to be the best at someone else’s game. Not gonna lie, back in the real world, it was extremely hard to find myself and my values again, and I definitely spent a few years chilling because I was gonna be a singer.
That shifted after I joined an a cappella group called Legacy, which one of my long lost theater friends happened to post about on Facebook. I was lucky enough to get in, and wow, did that change me. We accomplished some amazing stuff, and won an international championship as a group of 9, like what? Winning was fun, but the work ethic, musicianship, and family I gained from being in that group was the biggest win of all. Truly. I slowly started writing, and eventually, the people I needed in my life just started showing up. I met my mentor, Jarrett Love, on the plane to our competition actually, randomly met my now soul sister/ the killer guitar player, Aleyana Ndiaye, and my brother from another mother and insane bassist, Eric Wilson. Thanks to the universe, I was given all I could ever need to create a perspective that I didn’t even know I did need, which was that everything happens for a reason, and while I started my band, I’m gonna say fate is a co-founder of The Artist Collective, and I am so blessed to be where I am today with the people I am today.
Has it been a smooth road?
I have struggled my whole life with literally myself. I really have spent a lot of time worrying and attempting to achieve goals that were really just distractions. Growing up, I was a busy, fun-loving, go-getter/perfectionist combo, with an older brother who was the same, which is a great recipe for something to go wrong. While I love who I am, I can definitely make rash decisions out of fear. Let me tell you….please don’t do that. I say it jokingly as we all have our journeys, but I spent so much time afraid of being imperfect or disagreeable that I never got to know myself because I was too damn afraid. The eating disorder, i.e., a literal rock bottom of how far I will go to please my ego and fears, led me to a place in which I had no choice of movement but up.
I realized that in me being afraid of who knows what, I was causing so much harm to myself and others. It was okay while it lasted, but once I had the perspective that recovery gave me, I had no choice but to search for my purpose beyond others. Actually, part of my personal goal as an individual who could potentially have influence is to inspire others to find and embrace themselves, apart from others. The world is so concerned with everyone else, and I let that run me for a while. But if we all thought critically for ourselves, with our hearts and minds in harmony, I think a lot less people would end up in treatment centers, or even just alone in their room feeling so unfulfilled. It’s within all of us, sometimes you just need to adjust your glasses to see it.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with The Artist Collective – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
The Artist Collective is a group of unique musicians that hope to bring people together through what we create and put forward into the world. The group consists of: an incredible Spanish-classical guitar player, Aleyana Ndiaye, an insane heavy metal bass player, Eric Wilson, and a soulful singer/songwriter, me, though we all contribute and collaborate in many different ways. When it comes to music, we’ve learned that differences can be for better or worse, and we have definitely learned to use ours for the better. We want our music to do whatever it can for our listeners, whether it be provide a sense of deep relatability or an intense urge to dance around. We are honestly just a lil DIY family that hopes to provide others with the sense of home we have found in each other through music and love. We met each other, and before you know it, possibly changed the course of each other’s lives forever, and we hope to show everyone the power that all of us on this Earth hold within. We have a lot to say and cannot wait to be heard.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I love this city because the energy in the air is invigorating. Being able to drive 20 minutes to get to the beach is such a luxury, and one I appreciate greatly haha. There are so many beautiful natural places that are just a drive away. I mean, traffic but right now that’s not much of an issue. I’d say I wish the counties were a little more integrated, but what can ya do. All in all, I consider myself lucky to live in such a beautiful city.
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