#DrakeDreams: Alexander Pilon, Property Ambassador

Posted by Drake, August 08, 2016

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Alex Pilon

With a firm belief in the innate strength of ideas, Alexander Pilon relies heavily on this mantra whether he's writing, connecting with others, or working at Drake Devonshire Inn as Property Ambassador. For this week's #DrakeDreams, we caught up with Alex to talk about his creative process, shared in a couple of his pizza-loving, death-defying stories, and learned of his plans for the future.

1. What does The Drake mean to you?

To me, The Drake means a place for everyone. It doesn’t matter who you are, where you are from, The Drake’s doors are open for you as guest, or as a team member.

2. How does working at The Drake inspire you to follow your dreams?

Working at Drake Devonshire is my first exposure to the restaurant and hospitality industry. In my first few weeks, it’s been easy to find pleasant and inclusive team members. Experiencing this industry for the first time has inspired me to find ways to share my fresh perspective in artistic ways, and given me a platform for something new and exciting. Watching the kitchen staff create art of their own, reminds me of the passion it takes to thrive as an artist no matter the medium.

3. What do you love most about what you do?

At Drake Devonshire – There are moments where I get to share a quick chat with interesting people from all over the country, and do my best to add to a positive experience for them at the Drake Devonshire.

As an artist – Being able to move an idea into something tangible and real is something I love about what I do. Simply living in this space as an artist opens you up to see art in in other people’s work, in the world around you, and allows you to let art affect you in a deeper way. I love connecting to people through art.

Alex Pilon

4. How do you feel when others get inspired by your work?

Recognition is a powerful force. Sometimes it can be difficult for me to believe that something I created can evoke emotion or provoke discussion, but that’s what I hope for in everything I do. It motivates me to create.

5. Why do you wake up and do what you love?

Sometimes I think it’s the only thing I know how to do. I need to communicate; I need to express feelings.

6. What gets you out of bed in the morning?

The opportunity to change the world – and when I can’t – pizza.

7. Describe your creative process.

My creative process is always changing. Sometimes it could be that late-night inspiration where I work into the night until I have what I’m looking for or recently I’m staying very minimalistic with visual designs or musical arrangements and slowly add to the ideas. The one constant is putting on some music and letting it take me somewhere.

8. Describe your ideal day.

Finally waking up well rested, sharing laughs with people I love, and getting to catch a great film.

9. Tell us 3 random facts about yourself.

I have a twin brother
I was once hit on by an American Idol judge
I have never been on a plane

10.What's something people would be surprised to learn about you?

I flat-lined seven times when I was born. Perhaps I have two lives left by cat standards. #MiracleBaby

11.Where in Toronto do you feel most creative?

I feel most creative in downtown Toronto. There’s a kind of energy that lives downtown that you won’t find anywhere else. It also helps me appreciate those quieter moments when I can take that energy and focus it when I’m getting away from the hustle.

Alex Pilon

12. Why do you love Toronto?

Growing up, Toronto was always a second home to me. Living there I learned Toronto can challenge you, and that’s the most important part of personal growth.

13. Who or what are your greatest influences?

As an artist, light, shadow, and sound of any kind inspires me quickly to create something. The world’s greatest storytellers, Hitchcock, Disney, Spielberg. Art’s old masters like Michelangelo, Bernini, Da Vinci. The list goes on and on.

14. In what ways you do see yourself improving in your work?

I’m using mediums that I haven’t created with before, and I hope that leads me into seeing my work differently. I want to take bigger risks and put those efforts in front of more people. It’s important for me to always be a student of art, and look up to those who inspire me. I never want to think I’ll surpass them because it may stop me from learning.

15. What do you think distinguishes you from others?

Having experience in so many different fields, from television, music, marketing, healthcare, education etc., living in big cities, small towns, all gives me a unique perspective on the world around me. Simply still being a fan of what others accomplish, and being witness to trends keeps me looking for something fresh.

16. What do you do when you hit a life roadblock? How do you get past that?

I take a step back from what I’m trying to do, and I go back to basics. Sometimes a roadblock is part of personal growth, as incredibly difficult as that is to recognize, especially in the moment. I try to take stock in the situation, and ask for help if needed.

17. How does it feel to create something that inspires/affects others?

Whether it inspires change or stirs something personal up inside, it can be incredibly rewarding to make someone feel something, and have them start a conversation. There’s always a hero to cheer for or a villain we love to hate – engineering those kinds of feelings is gratifying.

Alex Pilon

18. What's one important thing you've learned, that you could have only learned through experience?

Be kind. Get out in the real world, learning stories of real people, and experiencing the world around you, and seeing how you can change it.

19. What's one of your favourite quotes? Why?

“Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.” To me it means get started, move forward.

20. What are some goals you’ve yet to accomplish?

I would like to travel more, create more meaningful content to share, develop an annual concert, and create a fundraiser to support those fighting digestive disease like Crohn’s Disease, and GI cancers.

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