We had the good fortune of connecting with Alexandra Adomaitis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alexandra, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking.
When I think about risk, I often picture being on a ship, headed out for an adventure. You know your target, and with the vast ocean expanding out before you, you take this journey knowing full well that you could achieve glorious things or you could very well perish in an instant. Now while my piratical metaphor may be extreme, being an independent female director is very similar and takes guts, patience, and passion. Like other industries that play host to freelancer workers, having a career in film & television is full of risk. In my field, you are often unsure when or where your next job is, and you must always be ready for the landscape to change. The entertainment industry is constantly being updated with new platforms for content, innovative technology, and remodeled laws/ regulations to employ (especially now). Therefor, as creators, we must be flexible and ready to alter our course at any time. In my career, risk is a very familiar friend. Like many of my fellow colleagues, I have sacrificed so much, both personally and professionally, just to see my dreams come to fruition. Relationships, time and money are often on the line, both on set and off, and I constantly find myself living in the unknown. Every alliance I create or break involves some sort of risk factor, and every time I send out content, whether it be scripts, actual footage, or even a small pitch, it’s a risk because you’re not only being vulnerable in sharing your creative side, but when money and fame are on the horizon, the truth about people is always revealed. Having these scary unknowns have made me bolder in my choices and have pushed me to really know my self and my values. I do not function in a 9am-5pm way of life, and that’s okay. I try to ride the waves and pray the risks I take will end in my favor…and not have me walk the plank.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m a writer/ director who was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico and grew up in the suburbs of Boston. After graduating from the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts (AADA) in New York City I eventually made my way to Los Angeles, where I co-founded the production company Red Siren Entertainment, and have been creating content with my business/producing partner, Tracy Keshek, ever since. It was not easy to get to where I am today, as I started out a professional ballerina, then became an actress and eventually morphed into a director/writer. I have lived many lives as an artist and continue to forge my path to the best of my ability. There have been tons of both personal and professional setbacks through the years, but they have all made me stronger and more in tune with my values both on and off set. I’m currently most proud of the fact that I was accepted to The Met Film School in London, and will be attending their masters program for directing in October. It will be a huge life change, but I worked very hard for it and am extremely grateful for the opportunity, What I would love the world to know about my story, is that I started with nothing but the love and support from family and friends and have built my brand out of hard work, sleepless nights, sacrifices, and a little luck. It’s all worth it though! The biggest lesson I have learned is to be patient and persevere. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither was Hollywood. Craft your content with the finest of tools and care, because that ultimately is your legacy.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
Luckily my best friend lives here in LA with me, but if I had to create in itinerary (in a sans COVID world) I would make sure that we hike to the iconic Hollywood sign, hit up my favorite secret beaches in Malibu, and grab drinks on Sunset blvd. The Tower is my personal favorite spot!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
While I have a beautiful amount of support in my corner, I have to first and foremost give a shoutout to my mother. Mama Jill is a fierce little force to be reckoned with. She’s a passionate artist, who lives with conviction, and has taught me how to be a women I can be proud of. No matter what career or life choices I’ve made, no matter how many times I’ve changed my mind and switched directions, my mom has been my biggest supporter and I’m beyond grateful to her. There are so many others in my story that I owe credit to, but I’d like to focus alot of love towards my business partner and best friend, Tracy. She is so loyal and trustworthy, with a whole heart of love to give. Tracy and I have worked together professionally for many years, and over that time our friendship grew as well as our ideas for content. We share a love of creating art and I’m grateful to have her in my corner.