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She May Be Young, but Author and Filmmaker Alexandria Rizik is Already a Woman to Watch

Alexandria Rizik is just at the beginning of her career but has accomplished so much. She has written books, films, and has multiple award-winning shorts circulating around festivals. Her children’s book, “Chocolate Milk,” encourages children to be confident in being different from their peers. Her latest novel, 21 Questions, will be released in 2019. When she’s not writing books, she’s writing scripts, producing, directing and acting in short films. It’s prime time to be a woman in the film industry and Alexandria is looking forward to making an impact on the world by sharing her many talents. She tells JustLuxe about her numerous projects and what’s next on her full plate:

When did you start working as a writer? 

I’ve been writing professionally for about seven years, but I have been a writer my whole life. It all started when I was a kid and my aunt bought me a journal, she told me to write her a story in it…the rest is history. 

You’ve written a children’s book, “Chocolate Milk.”  How did that come about? 

That actually started at the same time I was running an anti-bullying campaign called “Save A Soul, Save The World”. I was about seventeen and for a school assignment we were told to write a story with a moral to the ending and I chose to write about a cow who gets made fun for producing brown milk until the farmer figures out that her milk is chocolate. I realized that this story would make for such a great children’s picture book and eventually, I met another writer named Patrick Adams, who also writes children’s books and is a consultant for other writers trying to publish their work. He helped me with everything from finding an illustrator to self-publishing…and, voila — “Chocolate Milk” was published. 

You’re also a filmmaker, what attracted you to that art form? 

I’ve always been a writer and as a writer, I always visualized my stories as if they were meant for the screen. But it wasn’t until I was 17 when a family friend let me read her script. Her story was about a personal experience based on her own life and I was going through my first heartbreak at that time. Her honesty through writing and a willingness to take from her own experiences inspired me to channel my heartache into a screenplay. So, I wrote my first script…based off of my relationship with my first love. It was a lot of firsts in one. 

The experience of writing this script taught me a lot about myself including why I write. It seems that I like to relive experiences and to sometimes change the endings.  

Tell me a bit about "Contentment.” 

“Contentment” is my baby! It was my first short film that I wrote, directed, and starred in. It was inspired by a poem I wrote during a time when I was kind of lost and wondering about a failed relationship, “was this guy the one?” — love and heartbreak seem to be a common muse for me. I was scared that if he was the true love of my life, was I going to be one of those people, who I so often see, settling for a mediocre love because it hadn’t worked out? This feeling of “contentment” is something I fear, not just in relationships but in jobs and really anything in life. The thought of settling, or playing it safe, scares me. People become content and comfortable in their relationships, their careers, their situations that they never really pursue what they are passionate about. 

 

Carly Zinderman

Carly Zinderman is a Senior Staff Writer for JustLuxe, based just outside of Los Angeles, CA. Since graduating from Occidental College with a degree in English and Comparative Literary Studies, she has written on a variety of topics for books, magazines and online publications, but loves fashion and style best. In her spare time, when she?s not writing, Carly enjoys watching old movies, reading an...(Read More)

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