The Find Your Grind Podcast, Episode 9: Alexandra Chando on the bigger picture and not identifying self worth to a job

 

The Find Your Grind podcast is a weekly series hosted by our founders, Nick Gross, Natasha Gross, Mike Smith, and Luke “The Dingo” Trembeth. Each week, we speak with special guests on the first 10% of their journey, decisions that led them where they are today, and how they built their ideas from finding their grind. In this week’s episode, Nick and Dingo sat down with actress and director, Alexandra Chando.

Creator and Entertainer, Alexandra Chando, is an actress, producer, and director who got her start at a very young age in the TV industry. As she’s matured and gained seasoned experience, Alexandra has found that identity and self-worth go beyond what you’re currently working on. Leading to her biggest pivot ever, she’s now directing and working towards giving access and opportunities to female filmmakers. 

Growing up in Pennsylvania, Alexandra had a nice childhood with a supportive family who encouraged her to join community theatre at a young age. Always singing and dancing, she was naturally a leader and had a mind for directing. In her sophomore year in high school, she got her start acting professionally and landed her first pilot. This led her to be signed with a manager. 

Although Alexandra was already working in the field, it was important for her to attend college which led her to Fordham, New York. Because of her drive, she was able to manage both school and her passion. Alexandra faced a lot of personal challenges including arbitrary casting decisions, but the rejection prepared her and solidified how serious she was towards acting. Acting is such a challenging career path because of all the times you become so close to landing a role and are invested in it, then not chosen because of something so arbitrary like your hair color. Because of this, she knew you had to learn how to endure the highs and lows. Sometimes, you have to have side hustle jobs. Most of the time, people stop chasing after their dreams because they can’t sustain themselves. 

I always kinda put my self-worth in my job and in my career. And it took me a really long time to kind of not identify my worth with the fact if I’m on a tv show or not.

Her journey goes from following her love of theatre and acting, starring in a soap opera for 2.5 years, and navigating her identity to her ultimate pivot of directing today. As a woman in the TV and film industry, Alexandra has faced personal challenges in arbitrary casting decisions, age, shaming herself, personal relationships and how it all ties with looking at the greater picture of not attaching what you do to your self-worth. She’s learned not to identify her worth with a TV show or have a sense of shame if not booked. She’s moved beyond proving her identity or correlating age with the success of her career.

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Over time, Alexandra has moved in her career to channel her creativity towards directing and producing. Throughout the podcast, she gracefully weaves us through the sequences of auditions and pilots with advice on how to get started and key things to know.

Check out the episode in full and be sure to check out The FYG Podcast on Apple Podcasts and YouTube.

This episode’s references can be found here:

00:30 – Alexandra Chando

01:02 – FYG Lifestyle Assessment

02:59 – Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

21:17 – studio test

21:18 – network test

21:23 – WB

21:24 – CW

24.20 – Lion Game

24:39 – Austin, Texas

25.00 – Luke Greenfield

25:02 – Let’s Be Cops

25:02 – Girl Next Door

25:13 – greenlight process

26:47 – HollyShorts Film Festival

30:20 – Her Voice

30:27 – Mammoth Film Fest

30:34 – Jennifer Morrison

30:37 – Laura Lewis

35:51 – Snowfall

 

 

 

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