Alexandra Creteau was born and raised in Chernovtsy, Ukraine. She spent most of her childhood in Ukraine, even studying Civil and Criminal Law there. At the age of 18, she relocated to Russia with her parents and twin sister to be closer with relatives and extended family.
Three years later at 21, Alexandra moved to the United States and realized her love and passion for acting and modeling. Alexandra is a former 2x Team Ukraine National Karate Champion, which landed her 13 medals and 21 diploma.
Recently landing the lead Role in the upcoming film "The Memory Scanner," followed up by a recurring role on the TV show African Twist. Alexandra has over 320k followers on Instagram @Alexandracreteau, and a YouTube channel with over 9k subs. From karate, TV/film credits, and social media presence, Alexandra is the full package on any project. Alexandra speaks Russian, Ukrainian, English and Russian accent in English.
Her likable personality motivates and inspires her loyal fans to become the best version of themselves. Alexandra Creteau aspires to keep growing as a human being, as a social media person, as a creative artist and as an inspirational actress to make a difference in the world.
Thank you for sharing your story with us. What is your professional background? How did you end up with this career?
It’s my pleasure! I was originally born and raised in Chernovtsy, Ukraine. At the age of 21, I moved to the US, where I fell in love with acting and modeling. I played different roles in a few short and independent films. After two years of modeling, I learned that actors can make a bigger difference and portray a wider range of talent through their work acting. I have always been a creative person. I am good with details and sharing my ideas. I started multiple Youtube channels and Instagram as a hobby.
I was just doing what I loved for many years.I now have around 315,000 followers on Instagram. Once my page started to grow, brands began to reach out to me about collaboration opportunities when marketing had slowly started to shift from traditional advertising to digital. I love sharing my fashion, lifestyle, and beauty tips along with other posts on my Instagram and YouTube channels alike. As time went on, I realized that Instagram gave me the ability to be personable with my followers and not only about fashion, beauty or lifestyle, but about social justice issues as well. In 2016, I decided to move from the Boston area to Hollywood to focus on my acting career.
Through the process, I was able to establish myself more as a social media influencer. This gave me a bigger platform for my personal positive messages, and eventually led to working with bigger and more influential brands.
How did you begin your remote work journey? Where do you see yourself in the next year?
What I do is actually requires me to work outside the office and remotely.
If we are talking about acting, It’s always super exciting to work side by side with that high caliber talent both in front of and behind the camera. I think once things settle back into their normal routine, I can finish a few projects that I began filming. I love acting.
The process is a beautiful thing. I am currently represented by Jerry Pace agency, he is known for representing a lot of European talent. Currently, we are focusing on a few auditions for Russian characters in tv shows and movies. When it comes to social media, I am currently working on creating an activewear clothing line with a clothing company. I don’t want to dive too deep into my passion project that i am currently working on, but I am so grateful that I now have the time to undertake this huge project. As soon as it is done, I can’t wait to tell everyone about it. These 2 projects are my main focus right now. I know there is going to be more collaborations with different brands, as I work with new or established brands each month. Negotiating contracts can be a long and tedious process, not to mention the content creation, location scouting, and editing; So there is always work to be done when it comes to the social media aspect of my life.
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What is your self-care routine and how do you find time to integrate it into your daily life?
I try to stay active as much as possible and on the days when I can`t make it to the gym, I try to walk 10-15K steps a day. On the days when I can go to the gym and do weights, I try to walk around 10k steps a day. I think walking also helping me to get rid of stress.
Putting yourself first is important to your overall wellness. Given this, what are your best holistic wellness tips?
I think Sleep hygiene is very important and I try to sleep in a cool, dark room. I noticed when its cooler in the room I sleep better.
Another one is mindful eating. I try to take time to eat my food, this way ot helps not to overeat.
What was the toughest challenge you faced during your career? How did you get through that period? What advice for people dealing with similar difficulties?
I consistently have to create high-quality content. Having to come up with new ideas can create pressure when you have a creative block. At the same time, these ideas need to be executed well. They require a lot of time and effort, and even then sometimes not all content may be well-received by my followers. When your work or effort is neglected, you can become frustrated. This can especially happen if you spend hours at one time or days working on something. It is not only about me or my pictures – it works for everyone and everything. If you are going to show something to the world, make sure you have a thick skin and be critiqued. You may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but remember that’s ok.
On top of creating content, I have to reach out to the brands, and negotiate deals with them and it can be time consuming or stressful. These are only a few aspects most don’t know about when it comes to being a social media influencer in the public eye.
As an actress I face a lot of adversity as well. If there was one thing that would lead to an actors improvement more than anything else, it would be overcoming their fears. It is our fears that hold us back from every element of great acting. I always try to push myself, work on challenging screenplays, and explore characters outside of my comfort zone.
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Mental health and feeling good are crucial to maximizing performance. How do you prioritize your mental health?
Before I go to bed I listen to meditation for 15-30 minutes and I also do therapy sessions if there is something urgent I need to discuss. I used to do therapy sessions more often, now mostly when I need to talk about something that bothering me.
Before the pandemic hit, you may have worked in an office or corporate setting, but what do you foresee happening now? How do you see companies allowing employees to work post-pandemic?
I believe we already seeing employees going back to their normal jobs and I believe that it will only improve. Mask mandate will be lifted soon.
If you could have lunch with one person in the world, who would it be and why?
I would love to have lunch with Anya Taylor Joy, she is true inspiration for me. I also worked as Anya`s stand in on X-Men : The New Mutants.
If you could inspire a movement, what would it be and why?
I want to inspire us to understand we are #strongertogether and only when we work together can we can change things. I believe in hard work and team work.