We had the good fortune of connecting with Alex Nicole Windsor and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alex Nicole, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Creativity has been deeply embedded in my identity since birth. Growing up as an only child in a small town, I had to keep myself entertained much of the time. My boredom often manifested into writing, drawing, and daydreaming. Music was my biggest outlet – I would put on my headphones, close my eyes, and pretend I was somewhere else. I was also an emotional kid, and music was therapeutic. I tried to learn to play a few instruments early on, but nothing stuck until I picked up a guitar. I instantly felt like I had found a missing piece of myself. Almost twenty years later, I still can’t imagine doing anything else. I get to share my passion with others every day. Sometimes, I even get to help other bored kids in small towns find themselves. Some days are hard, but it has always been worth it. I don’t think it gets much more rewarding than that.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Like most of us creative types in LA, I wear many titles. During the weekdays, I am an Education Specialist for Guitar Center, where I help develop curriculum and train instructors for the Lessons program. I am also a freelance journalist and I write gear reviews, technique tips, and artist interviews for Guitar Girl Magazine. Above all, I consider myself a musician first and I dedicate most of my time to performances, sessions, and songwriting. While I have been extremely fortunate, the road has been far from easy. I’ve spent many days crying in my car, convinced that I’m not good enough. I managed to get through those moments by acknowledging that those feelings are normal and they will pass. I would tell myself that tomorrow is a new day and that I give myself permission to keep going. I also tell myself to reflect on how far I’ve come. The most difficult thing that I’ve had to learn is that one person is not a failure just because another person is successful. I’m very competitive and for a long time, I saw the world as winners and losers – as soon as I let go of the idea that I had to be one of the “winners”, I started living to the fullest. I also had to learn how to let myself be vulnerable, especially when it comes to writing music. Being vulnerable can be terrifying but it can also be life-changing.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Assuming this happened before the pandemic, I would probably take them to Amoeba first. Most of my friends are music dorks like me and would geek out, its just such a cool place. Then, because I’m a weirdo, we would have to visit the Museum of Death and Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Venice Beach is an obvious destination if they want a true Californian experience. and from there we could grab dinner at Plan Check in Santa Monica. We would catch a show at El Rey Theatre or Troubadour, and probably stop by the Rainbow Bar and Grill for drinks after. We would definitely have to catch a show at the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga, as well as finish out the trip with drag brunch at Hamburger Mary’s in NoHo. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I should probably start with my parents, right? From taking me back and forth to guitar lessons, to reminding me how far I’ve come when I need to hear it the most, I am so lucky to have had their unwavering support every step of the way. I also have to shoutout my husband, Patrick Windsor. Not only is he also a skilled musician that I trust professionally, but he’s stood by me through all of the ups and downs (and yes, he helps me carry my heavy equipment to and from shows). I have to thank Guitar Center for giving me all of the resources I needed to end up where I am. I would also love to shout out Tara Low of Guitar Girl Magazine, Shira Yevin of Shiragirl, and all of the awesome musicians I’ve met through Gritty in Pink and the Sunset Jam at the Viper Room. This list could probably go on forever!