We had the good fortune of connecting with Alexander Klebanoff and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alexander, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I am an actor, producer, and guitarist. Classic film and 60’s and 70’s rock have always been an integral part of my life and creative inspiration. During the pandemic, a fellow actor Deon Williams and I executive produced a crime thriller movie titled THE DECIPIO starring Sandy Molling, Deon Williams, and me, and directed by Jason Gullifer. The plot is as follows: After years of working undercover, Agent Victor O’Connor becomes unhinged as he discovers things aren’t exactly as they seem. The movie is a genre bender with a very unexpected character plot twist at the end bringing something new to the traditional crime mafia genre. THE DECIPIO is an Official Selection at The Marina Del Rey Film Festival and will screen at Cinemark 18 and XD as well as on Roku’s Shorts Daily Channel. As filming completed, I thought “How can I contribute to others creatively in a different way?” Prior to acting, I began playing the electric guitar at age 15. It was my first passion and I felt moved to share it with others. Playing music can be joyful and therapeutic. So, the concept came to me to launch a virtual guitar lesson business called the Kleb Guitar Experience. I decided to teach beginner players to unlock their creative potential and to show them how fun a musical journey can be with a focus on kids. I distinctly recall the thrill of learning Jimi Hendrix’s Purple Haze and Guns N’ Roses’ Welcome to the Jungle. So, the concept of giving something back is incredibly meaningful to me. I was teaching a brilliant 5 year old girl for a while and watching her face light up when she learned the Happy Birthday song on one string was beyond words. I feel so gratified that I can share my love of the guitar with others 23 years later.
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.
I am most proud of executive producing and starring in THE DECIPIO with Deon Williams and Sandy Molling and launching my virtual guitar instruction business the Kleb Guitar Experience during a pandemic. The greatest lesson I’ve learned along the artistic path is to truly believe in oneself and aim high because there is never anything to lose. With every failure there is a lesson to be learned and failing over and over again is only a part of success.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would take them to the Malibu Pier, Will Rogers State Beach, The Getty Villa, The Broad, Fryman Canyon, The Grove , Joan’s on Third, Ysabel and Tesse.
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?
Jimi Hendrix, Slash, Led Zeppelin, Anthony Hopkins, and Jack Nicholson.
Actor website: www.
The Decipio: www.fb.me/thedecipio
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