The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles…” ~Jack Kerouac

Growing up in a small Vermont town pushed me toward a life of “creative culture.” As a way to pass time and express myself, I turned to the arts. What started as a love of film and writing eventually flourished into an overall passion for storytelling, regardless of the medium. In practicing various crafts (directing, writing, acting, illustration), I was able to build an awareness and adaptability like no other, two characteristics I pride myself on. I value the ability to communicate, to believe in one’s self, and to set goals and achieve them.

In May 2018, after studying in Toulouse and Paris, I graduated with a degree in Marketing and French Language and Culture. After gaining experience as an assistant at La Monte Productions in Beverly Hills, working at a marketing agency in downtown Los Angeles, and working as a creative content intern at a women’s fashion brand based in Manhattan, I landed a role at Fox Searchlight Pictures as a publicity assistant. This expanded my knowledge of the various paths within the entertainment industry and taught me to be very efficient, task-oriented, and independent.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, I finished writing a feature film, several short films, and a novella, developed an episodic sitcom series, safely shot a short film, did creative direction and photography for an editorial, helped guide brand direction for an NYC designer, created a brand book for a developing streetwear label, and partook in an online course through Parsons entitled “Streetwear Essentials.” My short film SEASONS was also chosen as a semi-finalist in the New York International Screenplay Awards.

Currently I am pursuing career opportunities as it relates to creative brand marketing and design, particularly within fashion. I take any chance to develop myself as a professional and enjoy learning about additional interests of mine, such as architecture and photography.

At the end of the day, I have an undying passion for the arts and exploring humanity, all through diverse storytelling. And these passions are so strong that they sometimes drives me mad – mad to live.

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For up-to-date info on personal projects, head to the UPDATES page and follow @creativeculture_alek for any announcements.

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