Upon graduating with her BFA in Musical Theatre, Alexandra moved to the Big Apple in pursuit of her dreams. Whether she’s on stage or in front of the camera, she commands a strong presence through her talent, vivacity, and charm. Check her out below.
Say hello to Alexandra:
Where are you from? Where have you been?
I’m from St. Louis, MO, went to school for Musical Theatre at The Hartt School in CT, and then moved right to New York! I always knew I wanted to end up in this city.
What’s your favorite place in the world?
My favorite place in the world is Italy. I can’t even pick a specific city because it’s all so magical to me. I still have family there, and when I visit, I feel so at home and inspired. Here are two photos from my most recent trip to Rome.
What’s on your “bucket list” of ideas to create?
I would love to write something. Writing is one of the only creative outlets I haven’t explored recently. I have some ideas bumping around right now so we will see….
You’re also a singer and an actress – tell us about these aspects of your career.
My dad had a huge passion for music, which he definitely passed on to me. He exposed me to such an eclectic mix of great music at a young age. Growing up, he played everything from musicals like “Showboat” and “Dreamgirls,” to classic rock, like The Allman Brothers and CCR, and then Pavarotti and Andrea Bocelli. As I got older, I started singing and dancing, and then I was hooked. I knew performing had to be a part of my life, and I decided to get my BFA in Musical Theatre. Since living in NYC, I’ve been involved in a lot of new musical theatre, which has been thrilling! It’s very exciting to be a part of something that’s still fresh and in its process.
Was there a certain movie/singer/model that inspired you to pursue a career in entertainment?
Judy Garland, Sophia Loren, Julie Andrews, and all of the women of SNL.
How has acting and singing influenced your modeling and vice versa?
Acting in NYC is not a pretty business! Most of the time, you’re being paid very little or not at all for massive amounts of work that requires a lot of discipline. I’m used to working until the job is done for the love of the art, no matter what I’m getting in return.
What’s your favorite picture of yourself?
This is a photo of me rehearsing for a very serious play. Just kidding! This is me practicing my death by tiny Christmas tree for a comedic Christmas cabaret involving a lot of my favorite people. I’m having an absolute ball in this photo!
What was the moment you decided to get into modeling?
When I moved to New York, I started noticing healthy, curvy, size 8-10 models like Myla Dalbesio in ads and magazines, and it really excited me. I definitely struggled with my body image growing up (as most girls do), and maybe if there had been move curvy models around when I was younger, I would have felt differently!
What was your most embarrassing situation while modeling?
I have SO many it’s hard to choose! You HAVE to be able to laugh at yourself in this business because some of the situations you find yourself in are completely absurd. Here are some highlights from just the past few weeks…I went to a casting for a music video where they turned on some music and told me to just dance as if I were at a club while they taped it (there is now video somewhere of my solo dance performance to “Ghetto Superstar”). Once, I had an entire casting where they had to shoot JUST my butt wearing different outfits and walking around. And most recently, I found myself being measured in my underwear in a room full of people, while the Hamilton soundtrack played in the background.
Modeling is very competitive. How do you stand out?
I’m always early, prepared, and show up with a good attitude. Whether or not I’m the best for the job, if someone works with me once, they are very likely to want to work with me again.
What’s been the most challenging part of modeling, and how did you overcome those challenges?
The most challenging part is fighting the urge to compare yourself to other people. Every time I walk into a casting, every SINGLE girl is drop dead gorgeous and probably just finished working on an incredible job. I have to block all of that out and remember that casting decisions at the end of the day are about hair color and measurements. They aren’t personal.
What is the best thing a photographer can do to bring out your personality?
Play great music!
What was your most memorable photoshoot?
I was shooting swimwear in the summer just to add to my portfolio, and it was about 101 degrees. I do NOT hold up well in the heat! I was a total mess. My makeup was dripping off – I felt faint. It was terrible. The makeup artist was an angel and found a frozen pack of peas to stick down the back of my suit in an attempt to cool me down. So there I was, trying to look sexy in a swimsuit with sweat and pea juice dripping down my back. The whole thing was just so comical!
What do you like most about modeling?
It opened up an entirely new creative network for me. I jump at any chance to create something new.
What are the top 3 tips you have for aspiring models?
- Don’t be a jerk! Meaning, don’t talk badly about people, show up on time, and smile once in a while.
- You can’t make everyone happy.
- Laugh at yourself.
What do you want people to remember about you after a shoot?
I hope that people remember me as open, honest, creative, and willing to work to get the job done.
What advice about modeling do you wish you had when you first started?
There’s no right or wrong. It’s all a matter of opinion.
Is there any work you would like to show off?
What’s one of your biggest fears?
My biggest fear is regretting that I missed an opportunity or didn’t take a chance. That’s why I pushed myself to move right to NYC when I finished college, even though I didn’t have a job here. I constantly try and put myself out there.
What fashion trend do you wish would come back?
I’m REALLY enjoying the resurgence of the 90s vibe that’s happening right now. I’ve always been inspired by the fashion and music from that decade. I used to wish I could live out my twenties in the 90s!
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
Sometimes I think too much. I wish I could get out of my head more easily!
What’s your greatest achievement, and how has it shaped you?
My greatest achievement is maintaining a life as an artist in NYC for the past few years. It’s a life of constant unknowns and sacrifices! Most of the time, I have no idea when the next paycheck or job is going to come my way, and I just have to try and plan the best I can and roll with the punches. Living this way has made me very scrappy and forced me to take responsibility for creating opportunities for myself. I have an incredible community of artists here and we work together and lean on each other through all of the ups and downs. I’m majorly lucky!
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Alexandra, thank you so much for taking the time to interview with us!
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