We had the good fortune of connecting with Alex Duckworth and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alex, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
I wouldn’t be where I am today without the commitment to continue acquiring new skills. Being able to adapt to challenges in the media industry, such as the evolution of how content is not only produced but consumed, has afforded me the opportunity to remain flexible in my career.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Recently, I’ve been working on a lot of beauty and product photography. It’s a relatively new focus for me, but I’ve enjoyed the creative challenge of executing my photography from a different perspective. I’m really excited about the release of my most recent project, Short Cuts. Short Cuts takes a look at black men’s connection with their barbers by showcasing the various types of relationships one might find themselves in with a significant other. This is the first short film I’ve worked on as an editor, and it gave me the opportunity to be creative in a new way. Working with co-directors, Spencer Paysinger and Dane Morck, I believe we’ve created a story that is universal, relatable, and humorous. Through my work, I strive to convey a feeling of contemporary nostalgia; reminiscent of the past while connecting to the now. Absorbing a diversity of influences through music, film, art, and design has shepherded me forward throughout my career. It hasn’t been easy but reminding myself of how far I’ve come and the incessant desire to keep going has kept me engaged and open to new opportunities.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
The beauty of this city is how many different experiences you can have on any given day depending on your mood or the vibe you seek. A night out could be a steak dinner at Pacific Dining Car followed by a show or drinks at the Ace Hotel. An afternoon could be lost at the Getty in awe of the views and inspiration drawn from the artwork. If I need an outdoor escape for some fresh air and sunshine, a stroll through Descano Gardens can’t be beaten. Of course, what’s a trip to LA without a visit to the beach? Personally, I enjoy the long drive up PCH until you get deep enough into Malibu where the crowds aren’t too bad. But if you’re really feeling adventurous, a day-trip up to Carpinteria provides a tranquil escape. Across LA county they’re numerous neighborhoods, such as Larchmont, Miracle-Mile, or Windsor Hills to name a few, where I find myself inspired by the history of the landmarks and local small businesses that keep me coming back for more. A sandwich from Larchmont Wine & Cheese is a must! The lavender latte from Hilltop Coffee and Kitchen will get you right. And catching a matinee at the New Beverly is always a good idea when you’re in the mood to time travel.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to take this opportunity to shoutout my mother, Juana Bordenave. No matter how diverse my interests, my mother always supported me by providing encouragement and resources to pursue them. Through her example, I learned the value of hard work, independence, and commitment to your goals.