We had the good fortune of connecting with Alyssa Park and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alyssa, what do you think makes you most happy? Why?
When thinking about what makes me happy, it would be impossible to select or name just one thing. I am the absolute happiest when I get to combine all of my passions into one experience. I have the amazing opportunity of traveling around the country (and even internationally) capturing photos and videos of dancers. Growing up as a competitive dancer and an aspiring filmmaker, this fuels my inner child while allowing for new adventures and a chance to connect with the friends I have made all around the country. I get to see the world through various lenses and come away from each trip and event feeling inspired and ready for the next.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I have been a creative for as long as I can remember, my first love being dance. I grew as a competitive dancer in Washington State and loved every second of it. When I was around the age of 12, I picked up my first DSLR camera and received my first editing software, and my passions quickly grew. I tried to engulf myself in any and all of the information I could, scouring YouTube to teach me everything. I would film myself dancing and would create conceptualized pieces all throughout high school. I then decided to further my education once I graduated and moved to Los Angeles. I attended a performing arts college, but after 3 semesters I decided that film was the route I wanted to continue on. Around this time, which partially informed my decision on switching schools, my body was under a lot of stress and my chronic illness symptoms started to flare up to unmanageable extents. My body was rejecting the very thing that kept me going throughout so much of my life, and it became too much to handle. Once I switched schools I found a calling that I had never imagined, and it was at that moment that I began the career I would grow to love even more! Over the last few years, I have spent a lot of time healing myself and my body and have found that the lessons I have learned have greatly impacted my art. I have a lot more empathy for others and want to help people share their stories as I know that has been beneficial in my journey.
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.
During my time in LA, I have tried my best to find the little spots that bring me to my happy place. For me, that includes a combination of thrifting, nature, and good food! My go-to locations for thrifting would have to be Melrose Trading Post, any of the various vintage shops on Melrose Ave., Sherman Oaks Antique Mall, or some of the shops in Silverlake/Los Feliz. My favorite nature spots would have to be Bronson Canyon Caves, Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve, and Franklin Canyon Park. As someone who has a lot of dietary restrictions, LA has all of the accommodations one could imagine! Places like The Paleo People, Kreation Organic Juicery, and SunCafe Organic are all a must-visit!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are SO many people I can thank for getting me to where I am today. To start off I want to thank my parents, family, and friends who have supported me in each step of my journey. I would love to give a shoutout to my Dupree Dance Convention, Rhythmic Souls Tap Company, and Geometry Dance Company families for providing a home and community for me and so many other dancers, creators, and artists. Huge thanks to The Los Angles Film School and AMDA College and Conservatory for providing me with not only knowledge but connections and experiences that have greatly shaped my path as an artist. To my mentors and those who have inspired me Cain DeVore, Mackenzie Martin, Nicole Berger, Jaymes Camery, Jessica Vick, Terry Schulke, Meghan Way Stinson, Michaela Todaro, Megan Sarbaugh, and the many amazing people I have had the chance to work with! Also another shoutout to my therapist, Danielle who has been with me through it all! The list could go on forever as community has been such a large part of my growth as a human and creator.
BTS Camera pPhoto (back of head with ponytail) – Marissa Mooney @mmooneyimages