We had the good fortune of connecting with Alexa Polar and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alexa, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I’ve always had this creative passion within me. It mainly comes from my upbringing of course and those that surround me in my life. I have to say that the person that played the biggest impact in my creative career was my Aunt Nancy. I didn’t realize how much of an influence she made until recently. I always knew but didn’t piece it all together until I started reflecting back on so many wonderful heartwarming memories. Truly the reason I pursue a creative career is that I have the support of my family and friends to do so, they understand the difficulties there are in attempting to be remotely successful in this crushing industry. They provide me with so much love and support, they encourage me to not give up.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
To answer this question properly it would involve me taking you on a brief ride through my life starting from my childhood. I was born in Lima, Peru, and migrated to California when I was only seven months old. I was raised in Long Beach, California where I lived with my parents and five brothers. There was a short period of time when my grandparents (from my mother’s side) and my aunt (my mother’s oldest sister) along with her daughter lived with us. My aunt Nancy and I became very close, she would spoil me as if I were her own daughter. My mother would depend on her to watch over my brothers and me whenever she and my dad had plans. My aunt Nancy had a very creative mindset, finding entertaining ways to keep my brothers and I occupied. She introduced me to Pippi Longstocking, Our Gang (the original 1922 Little Rascals), and Shirley Temple, just to name a few. She had a way of telling us ghost stories to keep our behavior in check, and when we didn’t fully believe it, she introduced us to the Elvira Hour where the 1980’s icon would share classic horror films. With everything my aunt shared with me, it allowed for my imagination to bloom. I attribute most of my artistic and creative career to her. I was pretty nerdy my entire childhood, I was pretty much a loner with my sporadic friends for which I still to this day keep in contact with. I looked forward to hanging out with my favorite aunt, to share and listen to more of her stories. Most of which involved her siblings and wild adventures running in cemeteries at night with flashlights to scare cars passing by. She moved out of my childhood home shortly after my grandfather passed away, I was nine years old at the time. She remained close within the same city. My family moved out of our home in Long Beach after we lost it to a fire, we moved to Orange County and for the longest time, I hated it. When I transition to High School my academics excelled, my favorite subject was English because I loved to write and tell stories. I was also in the High School Marching Band, but that was mainly to get myself out of physical education class. I graduated with honors and persued at first a creative career as a writer. I paused it to get into the United States Army Reserved, which was a very short stint. I returned and went back to school and pursued a legal career where I became a paralegal. But my passion always remained in the arts as a filmmaker, mainly a writer. In short, I can say with confidence that my creative career is due in large to my aunt Nancy. It’s bittersweet to share this today, as it’s been two months since she passed away. It’s been devastating to my family, but we find comfort in so many wonderful memories we hold with her. I thank her for the impact she’s had on me and it’s because of her that I’m where I’m at and where I’m going. I find that I enjoy telling stories that have meaning behind them. Ideally, I would want anyone that sees my work to hold open-minded conversations and learn from each other. Hold discussions on current events and events that played such an impact in our history that it’s still a part of our lives today. What can we learn from our past so that we don’t repeat it over and over again? Why do we make the same mistakes and ignore signs and those closest to us that are trying to help by warning us? Is it simply because we want what’s easiest for us? Are conveniences more important to us that we let go of the struggles because truly it’s worth the struggle? I want to reflect more so on our human spirit, as our humanity is lacking lately. Being a writer and director is not easy. There are a lot more no’s than anything rewarding. What is rewarding to some is not rewarding to all. For me personally, I find it more rewarding to be able to tell a meaningful story. Share the good that exists in the world. Getting paid is nice but I’m not doing it for the money, I find the journey more enjoyable and meaningful. This is just one part of my life goal. With creativity, I have more freedom. I want that freedom where I can do more for others and this planet that’s provided so much for me. I want to keep and surround myself with like-minded beings that understand this career is just that, but what holds our spirits, our heart and soul is far more than a career choice. It’s those we want to make everlasting memories with. Helping out others. The lessons I’ve learned and continue to learn is that the struggle is part of the reward. Not giving up is what makes it matter. It’s not the need of others, it’s the want to have them in your life because they mean that much. Not because you need them or they need you, but you want them in spite of that. It’s a wonderful thing to have. I’m not a brand. None of us are. We are far more than that and I cannot wait for so many of us to realize that’s what it comes down to. Our stories, they all intertwine, kindness goes a long way. If I share that beyond my creative career and my art, that’s when I know I’m on the right path.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
I don’t have a favorite spot in the city, I have favorite adventures leading to newfound spots. I enjoy that the most. I like planning getaway trips. However long or short they are. Driving, taking a train, or just a leisure walk. Since I have a grand phobia of reptiles, it hinders and provides limitations to nature walks. Although, ironically I do enjoy hiking. I prefer them when the air is nice and light. The cooler the better. On warm days, I prefer being somewhere near the ocean, on a boat or kayak. It’s nice just being there in the vast taking it all in. Being surrounded by so much water it’s calming. Sometimes just going to a park and laying under the open sky blanketed by just enough shade makes it ever so nice. The only thing I would plan is that my friend(s) and I are off towards x marks the spot destination. The journey there is the adventure and that’s where I will collect all my photographic memories. Sometimes I share them openly, but for the most part, I don’t share too much because they are personal to my heart. It feels less meaningful when I see it shared for likes and views. I enjoy reuniting and sharing so many wonderful memories that bring so much laughter and ends with a sigh because it felt that good. I’ve noticed that the best memories and stories are often the ones you don’t find on social media. Those are the types of adventures I would have with those closest and special to me. Finding new places and exploring them together, taking in the scent of the spot, and how the air feels different from home. Trying their local cuisines, chatting with some of the locals to get their recommendations instead of yelp. I also enjoy visiting museums and art galleries. Later down the road of life, I find myself with my family and friends and sharing all those stories, so many wonderful adventures. Sometimes we can hold up a picture that was taken quickly at the time, But not overwhelmed with pictures that we took too much time taking them instead of enjoying it. We would laugh and play songs and make plans to someday soon do it again, just to see if it’s the same or if it’s changed, just like we have.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I dedicate my creative career to my aunt Nancy Visco, my parents Roberto and Carmen Polar. It’s truly because of them that I have the path in this industry that I do, and not by means of a free pass or opening passageway, but due to their impact and support on what I want to do with my life. My immediate family as a whole has been truly supportive of me and my career choice. Recently with my production company, Butterfly Angel Entertainment, I have to thank Kathy Dang, Rudi Silva, and Stephen Downing. With my current project that I’m working on, I want to mention again Kathy, Rudi, and Stephen but add to that list Michelle Manu and Deven MacNair who have been there from the start of 2017, and most recently Sarah Ann Masse, who is now my co-writer of our recent project R CULTURE. I’d also like to send out a shout out to Ash Warren who referred you to me. I can’t leave out Anne Radford, who I see more as an encouraging confidant than my publicist, but she’s great as both. There are so many people that play a part in my creative being, however small or large, and I do thank them all constantly for the impact they have in my life.
Other: IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5836800/ Butterfly Angel Entertainment: http://www.butterflyangelent.com/ Female Filmmakers Fuse: http://www.femalefilmmakersfuse.org/
Most of the photos were taken by Julia Zambianco Polar, the rest were selfies.