We had the good fortune of connecting with Andrew Alandy and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Andrew, do you have any habits that you feel contribute to your effectiveness?
One thing I’ve drilled into my head is the habit of not speaking during a conversation. This sounds weird, but hear me out for a second (pun slightly intended). I’ve worked on letting my colleagues finish their thoughts first and let them speak so that I understand, clearly, what they are saying. If I feel the urge to interject, I stop myself from doing so, mostly because that means that I am not listening/being attentive to the person(s) I am interacting with. I’ve also taken to working out in the morning before I head to work, and this has helped tremendously; not just for my physical health but also my mental and emotional health. Since my schedule has allowed for me to do this, I’ve found myself more attentive to daily tasks and overall more positive. Even just doing something as stretching out my arms and giving my body time to warm up has helped.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
What sets me apart from others is the heart that goes into what I do. I have never believed in doing anything unless my heart was fully in it. I got to where I am professionally through a mixture of my own hard work, the willingness to network, and mostly, the desire to learn. It was not easy; to be perfectly honest, I have failed more times than I have imagined. Many of those failures were because I was not willing to take a chance, and as a result, I missed out on an opportunity. The major lessons I’ve learned can be summed up into two quotes: “But you tilt instead of withdraw, and that is knightly too.” Prince Edward, A Knight’s Tale “The only opponent you have to fight is nothing else but your own image.” – Archer, Fate/stay night For the first, I’ve learned that one cannot always be passive with how they do things. You have to take the reins. You have to move forward, even without knowing what could potentially happen. As long as you have given yourself time to prepare, take that first step. You never know what could happen! For the second, I remind myself that I’m not truly competing against anyone in the industries I am in. Understandably, yes, the world of creatives can be a competitive place, and I’ve often times gotten bogged down in comparing myself to others, wondering why I wasn’t X person or why I wasn’t given the opportunities that Y was given. I had to change my narrative and tell myself, it’s about improving myself and getting to the best level that I can achieve. I’m learning not to judge myself based on contemporaries, and this has given me the ability to really free up how I approach every situation. My brand and story? It’s all about how one adapts and evolves to every situation while working to give the world something new.

Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
If my best friends are indeed within the same vein as I am, then we’re definitely doing multiple days of karaoke. Places like Karaoke Bleu in the Sawtelle District of Los Angeles to start, and definitely Scum and Villainy in Hollywood for their Thursdays (and of course, the Star Wars-themed atmosphere). We’d also definitely go for some Korean BBQ at places like Oo Kook and Bulgogi Hut in Koreatown. There’d definitely be some fooding that way, and we’d also look at some of the bars over there for even more karaoke. Pharaoh for that private room karaoke would be awesome! A day of reminiscent fun would be an option too! A drive to Ventura for Golf ‘n’ Stuff, just to relive some old memories would be great! And of course, when all else fails, there’s always the beach.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Shoutouts to Dominic MacAller, my choir director from my hometown church, for always believing in me and giving me a chance to explore my vocal sound and grow as a leader!

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