Today we’d like to introduce you to Alexis Kikoen.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I knew from a young age that I was going to make videos. I just wasn’t sure what kind. I had early dreams of moving to California and directing indie films. When I was around eight, I found my parent’s old VHS video camera in the basement and would make silly videos with my friends constantly. I worked at my mom’s pottery shop to save up enough money to buy a digital video camera of my own – my first big purchase. I went to summer camps and took whatever classes that I could that were based on film making. I feel extremely lucky to have found film making at a young age and to have always felt drawn towards storytelling.
I went to the University of Illinois and majored in New Media. There, I honed a lot of skills and fell in love with a documentary film class I was taking. I loved the idea of giving people a voice and bringing awareness to real issues. It’s a bit cliche but I really do believe that everyone has a story to tell, and I love giving them a platform in which to tell it. I’ve watched my work to make people laugh and bring them to tears, and I think that’s really powerful.
During my junior year, I worked as a delivery driver for Pita Pit and I absolutely hated it. It was incredibly stressful for me and I dreaded every shift. I quit after one semester and was determined to never work a job that wasn’t in my field ever again – and I held true to that promise to myself. I got a job as a multimedia producer for the National Center of Supercomputing Applications and worked there until I graduated. Then I moved to Virginia and worked for a health magazine, did some freelance work under my business Lex Films, started a wedding videography business called Lavender Haze Wedding Films, and moved to Colorado where I worked for a local news station for a few years before landing a dream job with Rocky Mountain PBS.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Definitely one of the biggest struggles at the beginning of my career was that I wasn’t taken very seriously. I can’t be sure if it’s because I was young, a woman, introverted, or just not confident in my experience. If I could go back and tell myself something during that time it would be, “You’ve got this!!” My advice to women in this industry is to learn your $#!T, be confident, and try not to let anybody’s attitude towards you bring you down.
I spent a lot of time doing work that I didn’t love but it helped me figure out what I do love. I never loved advertising or more commercial videos, unless they were helping out other small businesses or non-profits. I worked on a few scripted/narrative projects but didn’t love the process. It takes time to find your path! You’re not going to love every project that you work on, but you can definitely gain skills and knowledge from each one.
We’d love to hear more about Lex Films.
In case you haven’t caught on, I make videos! 😛 Throughout my career, I’ve done everything from TV commercials to music videos, weddings, business promos, news packages, and more. But my true passion is documentaries. I completely specialize in short 2-7 minute documentaries, but a feature-length documentary is definitely a big career goal. I also still have my wedding film company, and take 5-7 weddings per year, along with a few additional freelance projects with businesses or non-profits. Variety is the spice of life and I love to switch it up. 🙂
A few days ago, I found out that I have 4 Heartland Emmy nominations, which is really cool! 😉
Which women have inspired you in your life?
My Mama #1. She has always shown us a great example of what it means to be a strong, kind, hard-working woman. And she has always supported me, no matter what. (My Dad has, too.)
Honestly, my friends inspire me every damn day. I love watching them chase and achieve their dreams (not only in their careers but in their lifestyles & families). My friend & mentor Jennie, my step-mom Rita, countless former and current coworkers. The people around me and in my life inspire me the most!
- Wedding Coverage through Lavender Haze Wedding Films starts at $3,000
- Brand Films start at $1,200
- Please feel free to inquire if you have a specific video idea in mind! email@example.com
- Website: lexfilms.com & lavenderhazefilms.com
- Phone: 7082758065
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org & email@example.com
- Instagram: @alexiskikoen & @lavenderhazeweddingfilms
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lavenderhazefilms