We had the good fortune of connecting with Alessandro Bordoni and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alessandro, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking.
Risk-Taking Takes Practice. I’ve always been a little risk taker but like everything else that you want to be good at, risk-taking takes practice. I wasn’t super comfortable at first. We think the creative people we admire have it all figured out and that we’re not like them. In reality, the world’s most successful creatives still carry self-doubt with them throughout their careers, no matter how much they succeed. I forced myself to put my ideas out there over and over again, and eventually, it felt like a regular everyday activity. This applies both to our creativity and business approach. I wouldn’t be here today if I hadn’t jumped off the cliff and learned to fly on the spot.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I started six years ago when I met my partner Sole. I was already a cinematographer but had no experience in filming weddings. The first time I filmed a wedding I was an assistant and I fell in love with the whole experience. Shortly after we started our own business. I started as a destination wedding cinematographer in my home country since Italy is one of the favorite places for Americans where to get married. After a while, my films have been published in wedding magazines all over the world such as Brides US, Vogue, People, Style me Pretty, and many more. Today I film events in Hawaii, Egypt, England, the USA, the Middle East and of course many in Italy. 90% of my clients are American and I absolutely love working with them, that’s also one of the reasons I recently moved to Los Angeles. Another reason is that I wanted to pursue a career as a music video director. I started working on different projects than just weddings, felt privileged to provide media support and creative consultation for a variety of international nonprofit organizations, and took inspiration from so many different things and people. Multi-dimensional projects like these keep me fresh creatively and set me apart from others. Another thing where I differ is having Italian influences married with American business practices. A deeply-ingrained appreciation for beauty, art, pleasure, and a process that’s streamlined and easy to understand for clients in America and across the globe. It’s never a smooth road, but I think I was quite lucky to start in a beautiful country like Italy having the opportunity to show outstanding scenarios from my very first films. You don’t get the chance to work in real castles or villas overlooking the lake Como next to Mr. Clooney if you start this business somewhere else. At the same time, taking the risk and moving to Los Angeles 2 years ago was one of the most challenging times of my life. I didn’t have a hard time fitting in cause everyone is so welcoming here but definitely struggling with the language barrier, a different culture, lifestyle, and feeling alone despite its 4 million population were not easy steps. However, it was more than worth it as it changed the way I think and I grew as a person and creative. Both in the wedding and music video industry, the most common struggles are when you’re working with wedding planners, directors, producers, and photographers with a different vision and style from yours. At the end of the day, it is all about finding your tribe and the people and professionals you love working with and admire their work. Networking with the right people and creating brand awareness around you. Working with better clients and vendors tremendously helped me in taking my work to the next level.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Well, like a good Italian I’d say let’s start with food! Pasta Sisters in Culver city has the best homemade pasta ever, even better than my grandmom’s. I got to know the owner and what brought her to LA. The passion and tradition behind her work are just out of this world. I would then go for a hike to burn off the calories and Runyon Canyon is definitely my favorite spot, so close to the city with an amazing view and so wild at the same time. It’s also 2 blocks from where I live and I try to go there every other day. If my best friend is visiting I’d definitely bring him for a drive up in the hills then down to Malibu for some fresh seafood at the Reel Inn Malibu. Don’t let me go near S Monica or Venice cause I’d spend the rest of the day playing beach-volley. I’d check with my friends if someone is shooting that week and would definitely bring him on set to see the behind the scenes. That’s actually the most LA experience you can get. Hermosa Beach, Silver Lake, downtown LA, the not so far Joshua tree are other spots I like. A Neapolitan pizza at “Da Michele” in Hollywood is also mandatory.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My biggest Shoutout goes to my partner in life and business, she helped me from day 1, and together we created an award-winning studio called BORDONI FILMS that provides bold, bespoke cinematography fro luxe weddings and events worldwide. She’s the producer, one of our editors, and assists behind the scenes with logistics, travel details, and technical preparation. She’s at her happiest outside of the spotlight and truly enjoys doing the unseen work that brings each production to life. My love for music actually preceded my interest in cinematography and continues to have a major influence on my work and career. If I’m not filming a destination wedding, you’re likely to find me directing a music video or shooting behind-the-scenes footage for major recording artists here in Los Angeles CA. This second Shoutout goes to award-winning director Andrew Sandler and the UnderWonder family, an integrated content company based in Los Angeles, specializing in the production and creative direction for the music and advertising industries. They showed me the ropes, believed in me, and keep pushing me creatively to this day.
Website: www.alessandrobordoni.com / www.imalexbordoni.com
Instagram: @alessandro_bordoni_films @alexbordini