We had the good fortune of connecting with Alexandria Siah and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alexandria, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I pursued a artistic career because I always thought that there was something magical about being an artist. Whether it’s an artist who paints pictures, makes music, or in my case being an animator, there’s something so amazing about the power artists have to create something out of nothing. I always loved creating stories and making things come to life , many of my favorite hobbies like crafting, baking and gardening always involved creating something wonderful out of nothing. I think that’s why I always had a passion for art. I was always hesitant growing up to pursue it as a career however, even though art was the only thing I was decent at in school. The term “struggling artist” wasn’t made up after all and most of my friends were in the medical industry which is a really safe and well paying pursuit compared to my passions. It was definitely the support and love of my family who allowed me to be able to pursue this career with full gusto, and in turn I am able to put my full energy into proving that they could put their trust in me to do my best and make something they can be proud of. I really hope that in the future more people don’t have to worry about whether being an artist can pay the bills and can pursue it with all their heart. The world always needs more artists.
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 an animator with a passion for creating stories. I’m from a small country in South East Asia called Singapore where the work there is more business and medical oriented and less artistic which is why i decided to travel to the United States to pursue my passion for animation.. It is there where I graduated from Ringling College of Art and Design in the major of Computer Animation. It’s definitely wasn’t an easy journey there, you could say it was like a four year boot camp as Ringling is one of the top animation schools in the world, and they had a really intensive course with a lot of expectations on us. It was certainly a challenge both physically and mentally. Before Ringling I also graduated from an animation school in my hometown in Singapore but it was nothing compare to what Ringing put us through. It was definitely the guidance of the professors and support of my friends that helped me push through the tough times and do my best to complete our final thesis which was creating a fully animated 3D short film on my own. The film is called “The End” and it is a fantasy romance comedy that is created from story idea to final compositing by me and will be releasing to the public sometime late 2022.
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?
It depends on which friend but we always enjoyed going to art places like museums aquariums and gardens. We also like adventurous locations so theme parks and other fun rides are always on the list as well. If we had time we would also go on nature walks to view iconic natural sceneries too. We aren’t much shoppers but we also like strolling and seeing the sites and maybe find a bookstore or a tea shop as we love to try out new teas from different places. I think more people should check out more natural sites and scenery because every part of the world is different and has their own unique scenery to them. One fun thing my friends and I like to do whenever we go to a new country is to try their Mac Donald’s there because every country’s Mac Donald’s is different and its always fun to see how it differs from what we know back home.
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 definitely want to thank my family for their support for me pursuing my passions. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without their help behind the scenes making sure that I can put my 100% into doing the best I can. I also want to thank the amazing professors teachers at Ringling College of Art and Design and Singapore Polytechnic would taught me all they can about the field and pass on their stories and experiences in the industry to me. I would name all my professors if i could but I want to especially thank Mr. Paul Downs, who helped me through so much while I was at Ringling, and never stopped believing in me when I never did. And of course, I want to thank all my friends who I met throughout my animation journey. They made the treacherous journey fun and exciting and gave me so many fun memories and experiences to look forward to everyday. I’m so proud of each and every one of them and I hope that no matter where we are in the world we’ll always keep in touch and remember our time together fondly.
Instagram: @piplupcola for my main account and @theendanimated for my film
Facebook: Alexandria Siah
Youtube: piplupcola for my main account or theendanimated for my film account
Other: you can find me on most social medias at piplupcola or theendanimated for my senior film