We had the good fortune of connecting with Alexandra Stergiou and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Alexandra, what principle do you value most?
Never forget your connection to your audience. It’s harder to make a crowd laugh than make one person cry. 

Please tell us more about your art. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?

I work within the intersection of nonfiction, performance, queerness, and pop culture. As a director, my style of filmmaking is very collaborative and team-oriented. I want to surround myself with brilliant minds. I want to effectively communicate a vision while ensuring consistency and high-quality. 

I’ve put a lot of myself into my work. What people haven’t seen are the times I’ve been super broke because of it!! Shoutout #struggling #artists. It’s definitely not glamorous. There’s instability to the journey at first. However, it stabilizes in time as long as you remain humble and reflective.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc. In your view what are some of the most fun, interesting, exciting people, places or things to check out?

My bestie is a beautiful gay man and I’m a pansexual TV-loving dyke. So when he gets off the plane, we’ll immediately go bar-hopping in WeHo as I try to find the location of The Planet (from the original The L Word) in between location changes. 

Since I’m the designated driver, when the night is over we’ll slowly drive down Mulholland Dr. I’ll blast Angelo Badalamenti’s score and recite the film’s plot, scene-by-scene, along with my interpretation of recurring themes and motifs.

Next day, we’ll check out the stables in Atwater Village, and ride ponies across the North Atwater Bridge to Griffith Park and stare at the people on the merry-go-round. 

We’ll go to Hollywood Forever Cemetery with my worn copy of Kenneth Anger’s Hollywood Babylon as we check out Douglas Fairbanks’ tomb. If the timing’s right, we’ll stay for a picnic at sunset and Cinespia and keep the june bugs away with a dance party.

We’ll catch our hometown Mets vs the Dodgers.

I’m a big fan of history and ghost tours of any city. I’ve always been very interested in the history of Los Angeles and the way it changed over the centuries. I’d like to share this with my friends and family when they visit. I think a lot of East Coasters associate LA with traffic and superficiality without knowing the rich and complicated history in the soil. 

And brunch! Need some recs, because…gay.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Gotta shoutout my Stanford community and those lil bags of clementines they sell everywhere. Both provided me nourishment on the cusp of mental breakdown during the worst of the pandemic.  

Website: http://www.sterg.work

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alexandra__stergiou/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/astergiou/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/alexandrasterg

Other: https://art.stanford.edu/people/alexandra-stergiou

Image Credits
Margaux Z. Lee, Azza Cohen

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