We had the good fortune of connecting with Alisa Eykilis and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Alisa, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I don’t have the proper education, and consider myself an amateur photographer. My background started on photography websites, where I was posting my first “masterpieces”. For some magical reason I got the attention of some extremely talented people. They took me as their pupil, and started explaining the rules of composition, and sent me links to various masters of photography and cinematography. I was a sponge.  I accepted every drop of knowledge they were willing to share. Years later, despite some lost connections, those friends and teachers are still in my heart. Every time I create an image, or I photograph a performance, I think and remember them.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
You ask a lot of hard and important questions. Honestly, I have yet to find the answers.  I am still learning and still searching. I’m most proud of my constant work with the non-traditional theater and performers. I want to believe I have an eye for the performing art if it’s a dance, or theater, or music. What do I want the world to know about my story?  I’m not sure.  I guess like most of us, I want to be noticed and allowed to do what I love and think I do well.  I want to capture, document, and photograph in my way. Lessons? hard work, determination, and good friends to remind; if your mind is set, you can do anything!

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.
Ha! First of all is my home. My home is my everything, with the amazing partner in crime and husband, we transformed an average suburban house into our private wonderland. With the current COVID situation, I am beyond happy to cook for my friends. As for going to places, I like to drive, not always to a known destination.  I like to see where the road can take me. We will go looking for adventures and will be back home for dinner and drinks in the back yard because there is no place like home.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would love to dedicate my shoutout to my friend Ilknur Ozgur and Artstillery.

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