Alexanne, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I was born and raised in Las Vegas. My mother was part of the production crew for Cirque du Soleil when they first arrived in the US, so I was often on site. Being a part of that environment from a young age showed me what show business was about. In first and second grade, my mother would sometimes take me to work with her after picking me up from school, and the artists would bring me into their dressing rooms and make up my face like theirs. I was the girl who brought Cirque performers in full costume and makeup to show and tell in kindergarten. Years later, I found out they’d had to sneak out because they weren’t supposed to leave the site with costumes! The time I spent there backstage opened my eyes to the performing arts and fueled my love for the industry.
Years later, I got my hands on a camera and realized I loved filming “interviews,” and making movies with my younger siblings. I began filming everything around me, including my younger brother’s short track races. For years, I filmed those races!
In high school, I discovered broadcast journalism. I was the anchor for the school news and an editor. That’s when I realized I loved anything to do with a camera, being in front, behind, and even editing. And creating; I loved creating stories, then brining them to life by filming them.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc.—but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It hasn’t always been a smooth road. In my 20s, I constantly distracted myself from what I really wanted to do—I even started a high end clothing company that went nowhere —because I didn’t truly believe in myself enough, didn’t believe I could do something I loved for a living.
I keep learning more and more about myself, constantly fine-tuning what I want to do and accomplish when I grow up. Which I hope to never do in the sense that I want to keep inviting fun, openness, and child-like creativity into my world—without being immature. My drive for greatness in everything I work on grows more and more every day.
We’d love to hear more about your work.
Right now, I’m behind the scenes as one of the Executive Producers at Firework, and in front of the camera as an actor. I’ve also turned my Instagram addiction into my work also a fashion and beauty content creator. I feel almost guilty sometimes because I get to play all day every day!
I’m also in pre-production for an upcoming show (outside Firework) I created and for which I’m an executive producer—this is most exciting because I’ve been writing this for close to 5-6 years now and I can’t wait to start filming. It’s still all hush-hush so I can’t say more about it than that for now.
I am most proud that I have found a way to do all the things I love and get paid for it!
Which women have inspired you in your life?
I’m inspired by multiple women all the time, I’m inspired by stories, women I work with, women I meet who genuinely lift you up. I’ve gotten to a point where I’m not the smartest person in the room anymore, and I love that. I love learning from the woman who doesn’t take no for an answer, the one who doesn’t make excuses for not doing what needs done—she just does it, the woman who doesn’t call it a dream but calls it a plan.
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