Alin Halajian of Massachusetts – Actress/Producer/Stage Manager/Wedding Planner – Member of WIFVNE
What’s the best part about your work?
What I love about my work is that my career and a passion come together. In the business world, I specialize in wedding & honeymoon planning, as well as invitation and product design. I love bringing my brides visions to life and enjoy the entire planning process! In show business, I am an actress, producer, and stage manager. I have been involved in over 20 Hollywood films as an extra/background actor where I gained experience in movie making, behind the scenes, and set etiquette. I used my time on set to learn everything I can to work on my craft and grow in the industry through the years. Since then I have pursued my acting career by ongoing classes & workshops, performing in dinner theater shows, comedic theater, student films and short films leading to landing some great roles in films that made it to film festivals and theaters! I love scene playing, storytelling and bringing my character to life. On the producing side of things, what I love most is that it plays a similar role to wedding planning as both require research, preparing contracts, arranging meetings, setting up vendors/entertainers (photographers/video/music, decor, etc.) Playing the role of a liaison to connect, communicate and coordinate with bride/production crew, all parties involved to work effectively with each other. A stage manager also shares similar responsibilities of coordinating a wedding/event as it does in film/theater by making sure everything listed above is confirmed while coordinating communications and overseeing the entire event/theater/process.
What challenges have you’ve faced in this industry as a woman?
I feel my biggest challenge as a woman is finding a strategy to achieve a better work-life balance.
In the age of #MeToo & #TimesUp, what do you hope to see happening in the future for women in our industry?
I hope to see equal opportunity & respect in all ends of the industry. I feel it’s so important for women to stand by each other, support one another and always be brave enough to speak up, set boundaries and stand our ground!
What’s one way you would suggest people “Change the Lens”?
I believe in women empowering one another to create, collaborate, write, direct, and produce films and bring their visions to life! This will continue to grow women in film and can help change the lens!
What advice would you give to a new female filmmaker?
The advice I would give is to connect with other filmmakers and with like-minded people who enjoy some of the same interests and share the same goals! Join organizations and attend events to build connections, network and create films together!
What goals do you have for this year?
My goal is to take my career to the next level in acting, producing and stage managing by cultivating my work skills, expertise and passion from one industry to another to create, collaborate and work with incredible people on some really cool projects and films!
What women in the region (New England) inspire you?
Our entire community of WIFVNE inspire me! I love being involved in this organization dedicated to empower women working in the industry to achieve our professional potential, promoting equal opportunities and encouraging each other to lead such creative projects .
Upcoming Events or Announcements? What are you working on?
I am currently working on a few fun projects, events, trade-shows, and marketing campaigns in business, film and entertainment. I look forward to share and collaborate throughout my adventures!
It’s been an amazing journey in film and the production side of the industry! I took on a role as the assistant producer and stage manager for the theatrical play “Butter,” a comedy about food written & directed by Kimberly Rose. I also had the opportunity to take on the role as a wardrobe & set designer for the short film “Late Fall,” written and produced by Abigail Jean Lucas.
As for announcements, I would like to share the success of one of the films that I had the opportunity to work in “Sweeney Killing Sweeney” that made it to film festivals, com-icon, locals theaters and show case cinemas here in Massachusetts and then off to Hollywood, Los Angeles! I landed a fun role in this film playing a comedic waitress, as well as worked as a production assistant on the production end and assisted as stage manager the night of the premiere. So grateful to be a part of this film! Truly an amazing director, cast and crew! Sweeney Killing Sweeney will be available on iTunes starting April 1st, on its way to video on demand and will have another screening at the Regent Theater in Arlington on April 6th. Tickets are still available so come join us and have some laughs!
How can your fans find you!?
Travel & Wedding Planning www.destinationvows.com/alin-halajian
Invitation & Product Design www.zazzle.com/agirlsgottazazzle
Facebook: Alin Halajian/A Girls Gotta Go
Talent Representation http://www.modelclubinc.com/actors/women/alin-halajian