We had the good fortune of connecting with Alejandro Lee and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alejandro, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
For as long as I can remember- since I was five- I’ve been driven to create! I’ve always had ideas and needed some kind of outlet, but I wasn’t sure it could be anything more than a passing hobby. It wasn’t until my early twenties I learned about the entertainment industry – finding out there was a pathway applying my artistic energy while making a livable income.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My main field of inspiration for the past many years has been speculative history- also known as steampunk. Obviously there’s the fashion aspect of it, but I especially enjoy the whimsical, ostentatious functionality of the genre. I especially enjoy envisioning fantastical sets, vehicles, the occasional real-life props, and working on graphic novels. I lean heavily on my industrial design background to make everything *feel* like they have some logical rhyme & reason. Never fails to bring a smile to my face when fellow fans in the steampunk community point this out about my work. It’s for people like that that make me want to keep pushing my craft!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Wellll (provided we turned back the clock a little) some places I have enjoyed with my best friend include taking in the exhibits and a vintage film at the LACMA, lunch at Little Tokyo, Tuesday night swing dancing in Old Town Pasadena, a visit to The Getty Center, paddle-boating in the Rainbow Lagoon at the Long Beach Aquarium, Travel Town train museum + art walk at the Autry, and finally evening drinks and knocking a few pins at the Highland Park & Bowl (shout-out to the 1933 Group for restoring that establishment).
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Absolutely, a whole host of people in no particular order: Madeline Holly-Rosing, Ricardo Delgado, Michael D. Lynch, Shaene Siders, my family, Suzume and various others who didn’t want to be mentioned but they know who they are.