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

Hi Alejandra, how do you think about risk?
I believe that taking risks may be viewed similarly to taking a leap of faith. You do not know what the consequences will be, but you are confident that the risk is worth it. I first took a risk in my career when I applied to colleges in high school. Like many first-generation students of immigrant families, my family encouraged me to go into the medical field. They wanted what was best for me since that was what they knew. However, I prioritized my passions before my family’s wishes. Thus, I majored in Film Production at a top film school in the United States, California State University Northridge (CSUN) with an acceptance rate of about 25 percent. I took additional risks throughout my career, such as seeking various positions to broaden my knowledge and experience in entertainment. Now, my latest risk is pursuing acting. My initial risk of applying to film schools was the leap of faith that I needed to lead me to where I currently am. I will continue taking risks.

Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I view my art and work as a form of therapy. When I write, I think about the issues that I or someone that I care about is having. When I act, I allow myself to experience various emotions and develop organic thoughts. That is how I want to utilize my creativity. I want to be raw and vulnerable to bring awareness to communities and concerns. This is reflected in the majority of my work. I have been heavily involved in projects regarding communities of color, psychology, and social issues. Coming from a community where there is a lack of knowledge, finances, and opportunities, I am proud to say that I have accomplished more than I first thought I would have been capable of. From the challenges that I have encountered, I have learned to keep my faith strong and remember my “why’s”. Things may not play out as you predicted so being confident of your work and reasonings will bring a sense of peace and motivation. I would like the world to know that my brand revolves around creating change in my community. When I eat, I want to feed others.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I am from Los Angeles in the South Bay area. This is the southern section of Los Angeles that many tourists do not know about. Without a doubt, I would begin the itinerary with the beach. Possibly Hermosa Beach as it has a bunch of restaurants, bars, shops, and beautiful waves. I would take them on a car drive down Pacific Coast Highway until we hit Palos Verdes. There we would view sunrises and sunsets while hiking and/or picnicking. Another day, we would drive down to Long Beach to hit 2nd and 4th street. We would eat all sorts of foods, listen to music, mingle with locals, visit beaches, and scout the neighborhood. I would then visit Wilmington to find authentic street tacos. I would take them to San Pedro to visit museums such as the Fort MacArthur Museum and Point Ferman Lighthouse. These are some places and activities to name a few. I truly believe that the South Bay area is an underrated part of Los Angeles.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Oh my goodness. So many people come to mind. Some include my high school English teacher, my former mentor at the Boys and Girls Club, and my aunt who always supported my creative passions. Still, my shoutout will have to go to Thomas Macias. Thomas was one of the first few people that I met during my first year at CSUN. He worked within the Media Department at the Equal Opportunity Program. I introduced myself as an eager student who needed a step in the doorway. Thomas understood the importance of diversity on a set. As a woman of color in a predominantly white industry, Thomas understood how crucial his mentorship was for me. He was one of the first people in this business who believed in me and genuinely vouched for me.

Website: https://www.ale9jandra.com/more

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