We had the good fortune of connecting with Alexis Hudson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alexis, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
Just like all relationships in life, there are necessary ebbs and flows. Two phases of a tide that must coexist in order to maintain movement. As things shift and time passes, circumstances inevitably change. But one must keep moving. I find that Balance is in adapting and being able to do what is necessary as moments present themselves. I think it is important to be flexible in life. As my work becomes less of a job and more of a direct expression of self, work and life harmonize and become synonymous. Prior to fully diving into entrepreneurship, I received my bachelor’s degree in Global Public Health and Chemistry from New York University and my Master of Public Health degree from Emory University. Although I am still fully committed to health education, I am now finding ways to incorporate this knowledge within my photography business and clothing company. As my work evolves into art, finding balance becomes as easy as breathing.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My photography has always been personal to me because I can remember being obsessed with it well before I even really knew what it was. I knew that I had a passion for visual imagery and the stories it told. I loved how it felt to be behind the camera therefore I always embraced the challenges. The most difficult experience for me was defining my work. I spent so many years attempting to fit myself into a neatly wrapped box. However, I learned that no matter how many different roles I played or whatever art I chose to present to the world, it was more important to ensure that I would always do it to manifest joy and understanding for myself and others. My educational background reinforced my personal idea that a deficit in creative expression is a public health crisis. So, I began my work as a service for creatives and artists. I would work specifically with musicians, clothing brand owners, dancers, etc., to provide them with affordable means to self-promotion. My photography company, Lexis Faytography stands as a service to facilitate self-expression and eventually increase the capacity for creating art within all communities. As my work evolved and I began to simultaneously tailor my art into a clothing company. Sixela Clothing has worked with non-profits and continues to promote educational as well as healing messages. I would like the world to recognize my brand and myself as a resource and opportunity for sustaining mental health through art in our community. I am always open to future opportunities to collaborate and build.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Dear Best Friend, I can’t wait for you to get here next week! I have made a full itinerary for your trip because I am a Virgo and no detail must go undocumented. Ms. Rona is still at large so we will try to keep our fun as safe and lowkey as possible. So we are going to start your week off right by doing a little shopping at Lenox and lunch at the Ponce City Market Beltline! During the day time of this week-long trip, we will be stopping by Suite Lounge for a Day Party, Bike riding at Piedmont, Photoshoot at the Botanical Garden, Host a brunch for friends at the house, and a private manicure and pedicure downtown. At night we will be going to dinners at some of my favorite spots like Iron Age Korean Steakhouse, and Negril Village. Friend, other than that I think we will spend a lot of time at the crib making experimental food dishes and plotting on our next business ventures. Can’t wait to see you in the A <3 -Alexis
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have had immense support and encouragement throughout my entire life from family and friends. I am extremely grateful for their efforts and investments towards my success. Especially my parents who supported my in many ways through school and even bought me my first camera. On a spiritual level, I also know I am protected and divinely guided. Beyond that, I would love to give a big shoutout to Calvin Bennett of Civilly Righteous Clothing in McDonough. With the support and guidance, I was able to go beyond my public health and photography work and dive into my clothing company with an amazing foundation.
Alexis Hudson of Lexis Faytography