How To Find Your Inspiration with Alejandra Mikulan

July 24, 2020

By: Richard Lau

How To Find Your Inspiration with Alejandra Mikulan

Tell us about yourself and how your journey brought you to where you are now.

I always dreamed about being a "Hollywood Actress", about being part of those fantastic movies and tv shows that changed my life and inspired many others. A friend of mine said to me: if you always wanted to leave Argentina and move to the USA, then do it! And I realized he was right, besides all the obstacles you can have (monetary barriers, leaving your friends and family, speaking a different language, moving to a place with a different culture, etc.) to make your dream come true, once you took the decision you have to work your way to get there. I am happy and proud of where I am now, and I'm excited about what comes next during this journey.

Was there someone or something that inspired you?

I remember my first action as an artist: I was 12, and I was crazy about the album Californication by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, I went to my Mom and told her "Mom, I want to learn how to play that instrument, I think it is called electric bass". The Red Hot Chili Peppers have been essential at the start of my journey as a musician, and as an actress, I'm always thankful for that and my parents, they have always supported me during my acting journey.

How did you create your brand name and logo?

Creating my brand name was very simple; it's my name! And for the logo, I had a lot of help from a friend, she is a graphic designer, and she knows me. She captured my essence and created that gorgeous logo.

Tell us about your first experience in the industry.

My first experience was in a commercial, playing the violin. It was a lot of fun to be part of an orchestra and start learning about on set work as an actor.

What is your work structure like, and what does the average workday look like for you?

An average day of work includes submissions to projects, writing, shooting self-tapes for auditions at home, and working out, staying healthy and secure is vital for a freelancer who works with their body.

What philosophies do you integrate into your workflow most often, and what view inspires you in your work?

I think honesty and respect for my work and other creator's work are fundamental and make the dramatic result more fructiferous; we interact with other creators daily in many different ways. We are no more than the result of everything we have been through during our lives.

What do you think you do that drives your success?

I think persistence is essential in every entrepreneurship, learning that every step counts and learning to have patience, knowing that hard work will always pay off.

What do you wish you knew before you started? What advice would you give to someone entering your field now?

I wish I knew some professional standards that you wouldn't know if you are not part of the industry. Luckily, I knew that when I decided to move to the USA, my first research was about the industry standards, and I asked everyone I knew for recommendations on what to wear for headshots, what material is best for a reel, how you should behave in an audition, etc. It sounds simple, but some differences are enormous because of the cultural differences and the size of the industry. My advice: pay attention to detail and do not assume your logic is everyone's logic.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

I can whistle very very loud; nobody expects such a noise from a tiny person. And that translates to my personality in some way.

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