Here at Chrome City, we pride ourselves in having ultra-creative and inspiring homies throughout the Chicago area. Each week, the Chrome Chronicle (our news outlet) will share a little bit about these incredible people and why we are excited to feature them as our #ChromeHomie.
Let us introduce our very own Homie, Alex.
Alexandria Ott, Founder and CEO of Chrome City Creative
Q: Explain your job position.
A: My position as Chief Executive Officer of Chrome City entails internal brand development, external business development, overseeing all PR and Media Relations, the planning of all client strategies, ensuring all client relations are running smoothly, making sure our clients and our brand are being written and/or talked about by influencers, planning events and building partnerships for like-minded brands as well as running all financial and operational aspects of the business itself.
Q: What is your creative process?
A: I am the most creative late at night when my mind has settled from the stresses of the day. I usually like to listen to music (Jazz, Classical, 1960’s, etc.) and read articles that are relevant to the work I am doing. I also love going on really long walks to clear my mind in order to see the bigger picture. I find that the work days are usually filled with back to back meetings, deadlines and things that don’t spawn creativity. I need to take time away, whether its a workout, time with friends or quiet alone time to really get my creative process moving. I also have some amazing women that work for me and they inspire me and push my creative ideas.
Q: What inspires and motivates you?
A: I am inspired by love, art, music. I love the way we can experience music and art with no language or cultural barrier. It unites us all. What motivates me is being the best at what I do. I will work around the clock to make sure that I deliver the very best product. My work is a direct reflection of who I am as a person and I am motivated by the ability make someone see themselves or their brand in a light they had never previously seen it.
Q: How did you end up in Chicago?
A: I decided to move to Chicago when I was 25 years old (almost 5 years ago). I had a pretty cushy PR job in San Diego with a newly purchased car and amazing apartment but I didn’t feel fulfilled. I had achieved everything I had put my mind to professionally and I was ready for the challenge of my life. I visited Chicago one time for a friend’s wedding and didn’t know much about it. I wanted to move to a city where I didn’t know anyone and could build myself from the ground up. My first job in the city was a waitress (something I had also never done) at Mercadito and the hospitality industry in Chicago embraced me and brought me some of my closest friendships and best contacts in the city.
From there, I got some freelance writing jobs and transitioned into a full-time PR job for a small firm. I handled major accounts including restaurants, bars and nightclubs and more. After almost two years with that firm, I felt the time had come for me to go out on my own and do something completely different for hospitality clients. This is how Chrome City was started.
Q: What has most influenced your career?
A: Without a shadow of a doubt, my mother. She worked every single day of her life from the time she was very young to support her family and then when she had us, she had to support us alone. Her willingness to go out there every single day and keep fighting is what has kept me going in times that I didn’t think it was possible. She always was decked to the nines for work and commands the attention of a room everywhere she goes. She always approached work with a lot of love and nurturing which I sometimes have a tough time with. I am very black and white and she is incredible at making the people around her- both in work and in her personal life- feel really special, motivating them to be the best they can be.