Today we’d like to introduce you to Sydney Alexandria.
Sydney, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and moved to Columbia, South Carolina when I was seven due to Hurricane Katrina. Growing up, everything related to art caught my attention. I loved to write stories. I was always dancing and visualizing music video concepts in my head. My mom loves music and my dad’s side of the family are all singers so naturally, the love and gift was passed down to me, but I had horrible stage fright! However, when it came time to select classes for my 7th-grade year, I saw ‘Drama’ as an option and immediately chose it on a whim. I wanted to try something new and it was a natural instinct even though I had never acted in my life up to that point.
One of my assignments in the class was to perform a dramatic monologue and I went all in. I stared my teacher in the eyes while yelling and everything (I didn’t know I wasn’t supposed to do that yet) and it was the ultimate adrenalin rush – so much of a rush that as soon as it was over, what popped into my head was, “This is it. This is something I want to pursue further.”
Since then, I took drama classes and did plays throughout my middle and high school years. It’s interesting, I never had stage fright when it came to acting – I absolutely loved it. It would be around my sophomore year of high school when I finally found my singing voice, which then led me to be cast as the lead in my first musical my junior year. I auditioned and was accepted into a performing arts college which brought me to LA in 2015, and it’s truly been an amazing and humbling ride since. I’m grateful for the support of my family and to be experiencing true community with my soul tribe of like-minded friends while doing what I love.
Has it been a smooth road?
My biggest strength and struggle at once is being multifaceted. I want to do everything ever. I have a lot of interests that are equally important to me, and it can be overwhelming trying to prioritize them – acting, singing, writing songs and scripts, filming/editing/directing, and modeling – amongst other things that I also enjoy doing! Sure, I do all the things because I have the ability, but it’s less about that and more about how I can’t imagine a life where I’m not doing all the things I love to do. Simply put, it’s already written.
Also, of course the common challenge of hearing “No” a lot more than “Yes.” Rejection is inevitable and resilience/continuing to create on my own is a must. A reminder I love to keep close that could go for anyone pursuing anything is that we all have our own path and timeline.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
Visual Glass Productions is a film production company that I co-founded with my friend Jordyn Randall. We specialize in filming, editing and directing. I’m currently producing, editing and starring in our mini web series called STICKS, and it’s our first large project. We’re super excited about its release! I’m most proud of the way our team balances each other out in our collaborative efforts, and how we’ve managed to make something great with limited resources.
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
I would say LA is definitely a great area if you’re looking to be in the entertainment industry. Creatives are everywhere, so you’re bound to meet likeminded individuals to befriend and/or work with wherever you go. The cost of living is high, so it would be best to find roommates to live with – even better if they support the arts or are in a similar field as you.
- Website: www.sydney-alexandria.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/ellosyd
Sydney Alexandria, Janee Green, Jorden Keith