We had the good fortune of connecting with Alex Walsh and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alex, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I think risk taking, especially in a creative life, is one of the most important things you can do. I mean, most people think that choosing a career in creativity is a risk in itself. We are the risk takers of society! I believe it always pays off. The risks that work out have unbelievably wonderful results and the risks that don’t always leave me feeling glad that I took them. I took the risk of leaving my previous college and non-art degree to go to a college for art and only art. There I remember taking risks for auditions and not booking many of them. Younger Alex cared a lot about what people thought, and had people often only point out the negative ‘what if’s’ of every risk. Present Alex has, first of all, surrounded herself with positive people who love to dream, and second of all, realized that a risk in the direction of happiness is a beautiful stepping stone. There’s no time to be unhappy and if it takes a little risk to get to where your heart is leading you, then RISK IT!!! You’ll always be glad you did 🙂
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
It all started when I was born. Then fast forward 19 years. That’s when I decided to dedicate my life to art. I had been interested as a kid and as a late high schooler, but always saw it as an extracurricular. But 19 had me very confused. I was alone in a new country, pursuing a degree that I knew nothing about. I looked at my life and knew something had to change and I had to make it change. It was kind of a blur, and I didn’t really feel scared, but I was transferring schools and moving to LA sight unseen to get my degree in Music Theatre. I had no idea what I was doing, I relied on being present SO MUCH. I followed what seemed to bring joy. And when I got there, everything clicked for me. I was so grateful for the trust in myself that had led me there. I believe we all have invisible strings leading us where we belong, and we just have to choose to follow them. Doing what made me happy made me flourish. I found so much joy in song, scene, and even dance. I also kept up with photography and felt a lot of growth there. I even felt the urge to start knitting and so I did. I just do what calls and I don’t really question it. It really takes the pressure off! Just knowing that you’re going where you are MEANT to go if you’re following what brings you joy. That’s what I’d love to leave with whoever is reading this. Follow the joy and don’t stop! Even though I’m 23 now and I’ve graduated college I still feel like my journey is just beginning! I’m writing music, taking photos, and exploring hobbies all on my own time. And everyday, I’m following my joy!
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?
Oh my goodness, a perfect day in LA… obviously starts with breakfast. I don’t know if you’ve had the New Yorker bagel sandwich from Love You Latte in Glendale but it’s absolutely TO DIE FOR. I get mine with no tomatoes, obvi. Oh, and definitely the Choco Açaí smoothie from Body Energy Club in Hollywood. A perfect day always involves the beach- so we’re headed down to Laguna or Sunset or maybe up to Malibu. Then at night I love Clifton’s in DTLA which has three different themed floors and is so fun. That or seeing a show at the Pantages!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would love to dedicate this shoutout to my high school drama teacher, Mr. Lau. He taught me to be weird, unashamed, and bold in all that I do. I wouldn’t be where I am today without him. Salty LauLau for life.
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