We had the good fortune of connecting with Alexandra Wright and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alexandra, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
I have always had a difficult time with work life balance, and it is something that I am actively working on improving. When you love what you do, it begins to influence the way you view the world. You start finding inspiration everywhere, ideas everywhere, and that feeling is contagious. Before you know it, it’s late at night and you’re still grinding away. Sometimes you never know when inspiration strikes, and often times we feel like we need to jump on that inspiration as soon as is strikes or it’s going to disappear and never come back. That makes it hard to turn off your brain at the end of the day. Now, I try to give myself more structure. I think about clocking in to work and clocking out of work. I also try to do something at the end of “clocking out” to help me transition–whether it’s journaling, going for a walk, or meditating. If/when inspiration strikes out of work hours, I now make a note and schedule it the next day. It’s difficult, but I’m trying!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I think that curiosity, empathy, and listening is what makes a good artist. One of my biggest lessons as an actor over the years has been realizing that I have a creative voice. Yes, I’m using the words of the playwright and the vision of the director, but I also have to bring a point of view. We want to be transformative as actors, but we also need to have a voice. What do you have to say? What kind of stories do you want to tell? This is why diversity is so important when it comes to casting. People seeing people like them on the screen is really powerful, more powerful than I think we realize. Also, if the same “type” of person is always being represented on screen, then we are only getting one dimension of a story. Diverse backgrounds create diverse artistic voices, which can only elevate the story and the impact of that story. Being curious and empathetic, and being a good listener, will open up your world and your creative vision in a way that is beautiful, challenging, and inspiring.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love museums, but my favorite is probably The Museum of Jurassic Technology. It’s such an odd little gem! I’m also a theatre buff, so I would definitely take them to the small 99 theatres around Los Angeles, because I think they do some really exciting work. Plus, it’s always good to support small theatres! H Club in Hollywood is also a favorite spot of mine–they have an amazing rooftop bar. The Henry, Bibo Ergo Sum, Sassafras Saloon–so many amazing places in LA. A drive to Malibu down the PCH is a must. After, you can stop off at Theatricum Botanicum, have a picnic, and watch some fantastic live theatre. I love Los Angeles.
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?
So many people! Katherine James, Alan Blumenfeld, Andrew Caple Shaw, Christian Lebano, Estelle Campbell, Versa Manos, Aurora Lizardi, Jennifer Hummel, Thom Milam, Claudette Sutherland, Linda Brennan, Tom O’Connor, Dominic Taylor, Joe Olivieri, Charles Pasternak, Nancy Houfek, my family, my badass group of girlfriends, and my inspiring students. And Shakespeare. And Stanislavski.
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