We are so excited for you to get to know this week’s #FEMMEFEATUREFRIDAY Alexandra Carson. This talented woman always knows how to bring a smile to someone’s face. She is beautiful inside and out, and her bright energy shines wherever she goes. Alexandra made the big move from Australia to LA when she booked her first professional gig as one of Janet Jackson’s dancers on the Unbreakable world tour. Since then she hasn’t stopped. It’s a powerful thing when a gal is kind-hearted, hardworking, passionate, and determined and Alexandra embodies all these things and more.
She first moved away from her home to live in New Zealand where she was a core member of Parris Goebbel's badass dance troupe REQUEST CREW. When Janet Jackson held an audition for her comeback tour, Alex flew all the way across the world to try out and she got the job. Since that tour, she’s made her mark as a standout artist. In her first year of living in LA, Alexandra has graced the stage on The Voice and she has danced alongside some of the industry’s top artists such as Gwen Stefani, JLo, Hailee Steinfeld, and Nicki Minaj. She’s worked with some of the most sought out choreographers, and people love hiring her because of her witty sense of humor, her strong work ethic, and her inevitable talent as a performer.
Not only has she created a successful dance career for herself, but she also started a mentoring program called 11:eleven this past December for dancers in her hometown Canberra, Australia. She felt that Australian dancers didn’t have much guidance as to what the industry is like and the mental challenges that come with it, so she wanted to share her personal experiences in hopes of inspiring others. Her program brought in makeup artists, stylists, guest teachers, and other individuals who guided the students to understand better how to navigate the world as a dancer.
We absolutely admire Alexandra’s tenacity and her ability to dive right into her dreams. She’s a woman on a mission to accomplish whatever she wants and nothing stands in her way. We applaud her for never taking no for an answer and for pushing through an obstacle that comes in her path. Thank you Alexandra for being the beautiful soul you are and for taking time to share with our YGTGirls!
You're a female foreigner who moved away from home to pursue your dreams, and we know firsthand how difficult that can be! Talk to us about the time in your life when you moved across the world for your passions and what you did to overcome any challenges.
Moving to the states wasn’t my first crack at a fresh start. In fact, it was my 3rd major move since turning 20. This time however, was a whole new kettle of fish. I really don’t think there’s anything that can prepare you for a situation quite like what I experienced. In a single moment my life had flipped. I went from working a full-time retail job, juggling training/ performing with a world renown dance crew, and managing all that life throws in between, to landing my first professional dance job on a world tour with Janet Jackson!
I had always dreamed of going on tour with a major artist, but growing up in Canberra (Australia) the thought of making these dreams a reality felt distant. It took a lot for me to work up the courage to have a proper crack at my dreams. Multiple moves, changes in career, financial struggles, exhaustion, being away from family, not to mention the amount of emotion resulting from all this. The day I heard about the audition I was on the other side of the world, with nowhere near enough money in my pocket to buy groceries for the week let alone fly to L.A.! But something told me I had to find a way to get to this audition. I feel like the story of how I got to where I am right now is probably longer than the entire Lord Of The Rings series, and I am CLEARLY struggling to keep it concise. So, if I were to list 3 major challenges I faced when first moving to the States, they would be:
- Finances. Having to cover flights, visas, moving with literally NOTHING to my name
- Not letting Alexandra “Negative” Carson get the best of me. I literally felt like I had been thrown in the deepest of oceans having arrived late to the Janet camp. I had never worked a dance job in my life and all of a sudden I felt as though I was expected to be one of the best in the world. My mind told me I wasn’t capable, how could I be if i had never even been an option in the Australian or New Zealand industry? It was a challenge everyday for me and something that really held me back throughout the rehearsal period.
- Isolation. One thing that keeps you sane when you feel overwhelmed is the ability to talk to/ distract yourself with the presence of friends. I knew absolutely nobody. I would get home and spend my time alone in a hotel room, unable to stop stressing about every little mistake I had made throughout the day. Would that mistake get me fired? Would my dream be over before it begun?….. Jeez! Talk about a stress head. Clearly these were all things I had made up in my mind. But without having anyone to vent my crazy thoughts too, my anxiety was only fueled.
What would you consider your greatest strength?
I would say my greatest strength is my ability to stay driven and dedicated even when the odds aren’t in my favor. I’ve learnt that life can change at any moment, but if you’re not consistently working, your opportunity may pass you by. Even if the goal is not right front of you, it’s still important to work steadily toward it.
If you could go back in time and give advice to your 10-year-old self, what would you say?
I would probably tell little Lex to immerse herself more in the arts. I really wish I had had more training as a dancer, and even in other fields like acting and singing. I’d also advise her to not place so much importance over wanting to fit in. At the end of the day taking a different path is what helped me achieve my goals. I wish I didn’t spend so much time yearning to fit in when I should’ve been content with who I was.
What does female empowerment mean to you and why do you think it’s important right now?
For me, female empowerment was always just a given. I was raised in a house full of women. All of them strong, independent, focused, and loving. My role models were all women, so if anything, in my eyes, women were always the more influential sex. I guess now knowing that’s not how the entire world views women, it really grinds my gears. If it weren’t for the female influencing my life, I would’ve never had the courage to pursue half of my most amazing experiences in life. I think it’s our duty as women to be role models for younger females so they too have the confidence to live how they wish. To walk with pride, have a voice, find comfort in their own skin and inspire others to be empowered also.
What's your definition of a YGTGirl?
At the risk of sounding crazy, in my mind, a YGTGirl is a little cartoon superhero that pops up when you’re in dire need of life advice . She’s there to make you feel bomb about your outfit of the day, reminds you of all the things you should be grateful for when you’re inner brat comes out to play. She tells you “you are strong” and gets you through that last mile on the treadmill and she let’s you know if you have food leftover in your teeth to prevent embarrassment. She gets us through rough times, and celebrates with us when they’re good. But most importantly she teaches us to be YGTGirls to others, ‘cause at the end of the day we all need somebody……Soooooo she’s pretty much your mum.