We had the good fortune of connecting with Alexis Brown and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alexis, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
In my family, we are always pushed to create the foundation for ourselves. I honestly was always against that, because they also tried to push me to create a business that I wasn’t passionate about for quick money. However, during the pandemic, I was in a creative dump. There wasn’t any opportunity out there, but with the ideology of my family, I decided to create something that I was passionate about. With my best friends, we started KAYDA so that way our creative minds and filmmaking didn’t have to wait. We have the freedom to make what we please and we are determined to continue forward.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My art is nothing but the experiences I have in my life through the lens of a camera. I love to showcase a truth that isn’t often expressed through media today. I want to challenge what we typically see on camera and music videos with something more realistic and romantizie that instead of a false reality that people get attached to. My art showcases people from all backgrounds, sizes and stories from every angle of life and every perspective. I wouldn’t be where I was today without the heavy risk of choosing school over leaving my own toxic living environment. I made this decision because writing and directing has always been a dream of mine since early highschool, and I finally believed in my own ability and talents to not only create, but to bring me out of my household and into freedom. With this newfound confidence, I am proud to say I graduate with a bachelors in Film Production and Directing at the Los Angeles Film School as well as my own production company I started with my best friends called KaydaFilms.
Somthing I’d like any struggling creative to know is that relying on family to believe in your work isn’t the driving force you should rely on. You have to have that belief in yourself. The confidence you have in your own work will drive you toward any success you put your mind to.
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.
You’ve never been to LA?! Well welcome, the first thing you have to experience is my favorite collection of cities: The South Bay. We’ll go to Torrance beach to skip the crowds and enjoy the sun. After we walk all the way to Redondo and eat Ice cream or the fruit man on the pier. Enough of the beach? Awesome because I’m starved! Let’s take a fun trip to cypress (It’ll be some traffic but bear with me, we’ll blast Flo milli and Doja the whole way) and eat at Red Palace 2 for the best and cheapest Kbbq place. We’ll grub until we are stuffed and end the night at Kareoke in Buena Park and sing until 3 am. And, we’ll repeat that for the next week haha!
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’d like to give a huge warm shoutout to my cinematographer, Alex Garcia for helping such a small startup out. He really believes in us, and we truly believe in you.
But to my best friends who are also my partners in my production, a special warm thank you for staying on this team. It is a dream to work with the people I love and such a huge advantage. Keila Solorzano and Daisy Day prepare your Oscar speeches.
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