We had the good fortune of connecting with Allesondra Helwig and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Allesondra, looking back, what do you think was the most difficult decision you’ve had to make?
One of the most difficult decisions I’ve had to make was to move to Los Angeles and then to stay in Los Angeles.
When I moved here, I had no close friends or family near by and it was almost like starting over. I had been working professionally in other markets, but in LA, I was completely unknown.
I struggled with the feeling that I wanted to move back to New York City where my family and friends are and ultimately I decided to stay.
This was a huge risk as I was starting over and leaving a big part of myself behind to pursue the next chapter in my life and career.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am so proud of all of my accomplishments so far and I am most excited about the future of my career. I have worked professionally in print, commercial, tv, film, theatre and have even worked behind the scenes on the production side; and if there is one thing I have learned, it is that finding success here takes hard work and time.
A couple credits I am most proud of over the past few years are my CoStar in a Netflix series, Guest Star on Discovery ID, a few National Commercials, and several lead roles in indie films and series. I am proud to say that I am a working actor; it took time to get here..
It has not always been easy; actors always find themselves questioning if they are ever going to get their “big break” or why they didn’t book that job even though they nailed that audition.
Being successful in this industry takes determination and tenacity. It takes confidence, even in the moments when you are having doubts.
For me, it has been important to remember that we are not defined by our career. We are defined by the person that we are and as long as you are authentically yourself, you will find your place.
I hope that my story will inspire other actors at every stage of their career that if they keep going, they will find success.
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?
I would absolutely take my friends to Malibu and Point Dume, making stops at the Reel Inn for fresh fish and perhaps the Rosenthal Winery . I would make sure to take them biking or rollerblading along Venice Beach and Santa Monica and then go to Happy Hour at Mercado!
My last must see is the beautiful Los Leones Trail Hike in the Palisades; the perfect start to any weekend!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to dedicate this to my incredible family who have always supported me, but especially my mom, Yolanda. She always encouraged me to pursue my passion and led by the example of hard work and integrity.
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