10 Mar Why Aidan Alexander is well on his way to becoming the biggest social star yet
Why Aidan Alexander is well on his way to becoming the biggest social star yet
Aidan Alexander may only be 15 years old, but he’s well on his way to social media stardom.
That’s because Idahoan-turned-Californian has gained the attention of over 1 million followers across Twitter, Instagram, Vine, and Facebook — and shows no signs of slowing down. But that’s really no surprise. After meeting him, it’s hard to not to look at Alexander as a voice of his generation. He’s funny and charismatic, but also understands real societal issues, becoming a social justice powerhouse in his own right. And on top of it all, he’s probably the most well-dressed teenager you will ever meet…ever.
Alexander hasn’t always been in this position of social power. Just a few years ago, he was a normal teenager living in Idaho. It wasn’t until a teacher approached him and gave him the idea to move to Los Angeles that everything changed. It was out West where he kickstarted his acting career and starred in TV shows like “Granite Flats” and “The Bluffs”, started growing his now 1 million strong social media fanbase, and became a lover of all things fashion.
While traveling from his new home of LA to New York City for Men’s Fashion Week, we were lucky enough to sit down with Aidan about his rise to social media fame, how he’s handling Men’s Fashion Week for the first time ever, and his weirdest fan interactions.
So I’m curious to know how you started diving into social media. I know you started acting first, so I want to know how you began to combine the two together.
It’s funny, I’ve always been on social media. I’ve had a few usernames before this one and they’re all terribly embarrassing; one of them was called “Cityhydraulics.” I’m not sure what that means. But anyways, I went to a performing arts school in Idaho, which is where I was born and raised, and my drama teacher actually was a casting director in LA for 40 some odd years. And after I went through little bit of training, she said I should go out and try the L.A. scene and see if it was something I liked. So I did and I was balancing acting and auditions. It’s a lot when you first get there; there’s a lot of preparation you have to do to get to where you want to be, whether its classes or shoots. And so as I was getting used to L.A. life, I started meeting a lot of people in the social space and they were like, “I post videos on YouTube” or “I’m an Instagrammer” and I didn’t really know then it was a possibility to make a living from it. That’s when I really started getting into social media. I just got lucky.