We had the good fortune of connecting with Alexis Yrigoyen and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alexis, what is the most important factor behind your success?
Authenticity is the driving force behind my brand and its success. I value trust, integrity, and reliability, and I make an earnest effort to build genuine long-term relationships, including with my audience.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
It’s easy to say my looks set me apart from others. As a model and actress in LA, there aren’t many who are tattooed in general, much less as I am. I would describe my physical appearance as a juxtaposition, but I wouldn’t say this is what truly sets me apart.
It’s not just the aforementioned authenticity, it’s my love.
My art itself isn’t visually innovative, but I take pride in the quality of my work, its impact, and influence. I strive for excellence, and I value art as a tool for self expression. My art is unique because of the love I invest, and the love I “communicate” to others.
I started a blog in 2011, and through this, I was approached by a photographer in 2012 for a photoshoot. When I shared the photos, my followers loved them and I received my first paid gig from another local photographer. I became a freelance model starting then, and the rest is history.
When I began in 2012, being with an agency wasn’t something that was realistic for someone with my appearance. Now, in 2021, I just signed with an agency as a commercial actress and print model. They approached me and wanted me because of my tattoos!
Unfortunately, women with tattoos aren’t as accepted in the acting or modeling industries as easily as men are. Besides the general societal stigmas associated with us, there is limited work for a tattooed model and very few are paid gigs. We have a specific look, and are niche as a result, but the tides are slowly starting to turn for us.
There are many challenges that come with being a freelance artist. I learned very quickly how to read and draft my own contracts. I became a master of networking, marketing, advertising, and negotiating. Countless hours spent practicing poses in front of a mirror, applying to casting calls across various platforms, maintaining my appearance to a high standard, and failing in some form every single day.
Pursuing an artistic career is easy, but you have to pursue it every day… that’s the hardest part. My biggest lesson as an artist was learning to choose my pain. Being an artist is painful most days, but so is working a job I dislike. I find comfort in knowing I chose my pain, and that my pain is only great because my desire is overwhelming.
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.
Let’s start the day by getting breakfast at Egg Tuck or Armandine Patisserie in Koreatown. After, we’ll stop by and grab coffee, tea, or boba at any one of the local boba shops in the area.
I prefer easy going but stimulating activities such as visiting The Broad, LACMA, La Brea Tar Pits, Griffith Observatory, or The Natural History Museum. Taking a stroll in Downtown LA and visiting the local shops is also a pleasure. While in DTLA, soak in the city views and eat lunch at Nomad Rooftop Bar or 71Above.
At night, enjoy dinner at Kang Ho Dang Baekjong and drinks at Toebang Cafe in Chapman Market. Then, we’ll wrap up our night by singing karaoke poorly at Pharaoh Karaoke Lounge.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I am the person I am today, thanks to my best friend, Seth. It was through our friendship and with his guidance that I matured, gained necessary life experience, grew, and eventually thrived as a person. I owe my life to him.
My family, specifically my parents, have also been my biggest fans. They may not have agreed with some of my decisions in life – such as my tattoos or moving across the country at 18 – but they never ceased loving me, encouraging me, and reminding me of my potential.
Naturally, I have to thank my followers, too. Many have been my friend since 2011-2012, and they are my staunchest supporters. I appreciate the relationship I have with every individual; every comment and message is meaningful, and reminds me why I do what I do.
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