Musicians are ubiquitous in Los Angeles, however finding multi-talented artists who are capable of handling the competitive nature of the world’s entertainment capital is a much more laborious task. These days, artists are adapting to the concept of mastering multiple inspired avenues. One such example of this flexibility is GhostCircus Apparel artist Alicia Vigil. At only 20, Alicia embodies the concept of the modern artist, with her accomplishments in music, modelling and on screen having already given her a résumé full of the kind of credits that most people spend years trying to build. From her band Hellfire Heart, to appearing in movies like Frankenstein Reborn and Mercenaries (alongside Vivica A. Fox from Independence Day: Resurgence) and starring in Black Veil Brides concept film ‘Legion of the Black’, as well as a successful modeling career, it’s safe to say that the world is an open book for Alicia.
GhostCircus Apparel and Alicia crossed paths in early 2016 during the annual NAMM convention in Anaheim, which was attended by designer eli james, “he started chatting and telling me about his line [GhostCircus Apparel], and I was all about it! We met at NAMM and planned out our first shoot from there.” Since then Alicia has been a constant body of support for GhostCircus Apparel, culminating in her being one of the faces of designer eli james’ first limited edition collection, ‘eli james RED’, alongside LA-based model Jade Ealy, “It was very flattering and honoring to be a face for ‘eli james RED’!” Being a professional musician and a model, Alicia is well accustomed to the art of fashion, on GhostCircus Apparel; she said, “I love that all of the pieces are literally hand designed, versatile and the fabrics Eli chooses are so soft! I don’t think I’ve come across anything I don’t like yet, which is awesome! I don’t think I’ll ever stop being in love with fashion!”
Despite a magnitude of talents, music is where the passion is at its peak for Alicia. Hollywood is awash with some incredible musical talent of all varieties, so naturally, it was the prime destination for this California local to come to apply her trade. After playing with the likes of Gene Simmons and Bruce Kulick, Alicia helped form the all-girl rock band Hellfire Heart, which was founded by Jerry Only of the Misfits. “My biggest accomplishment is having recently last year with my former band [Hellfire Heart originally the She Demons], being able to tour the world with the Misfits. We worked very hard and the tour experience of meeting new faces and playing amazing venues every night was so rewarding!”
Being an entertainer in Los Angeles can be a daunting task, but it’s something that Alicia approaches with enthusiasm and excitement, “Just focus on yourself and what your goals are and as long as you work hard, you can achieve anything!! There are so many people not willing to go the extra mile and put in the hours, so as long as you stay focused, you’ll be great.” It’s this attitude that has aided Alicia in her own personal successes, “Don’t think about anyone else doing what you do as a competition.” In a city like LA, where the opportunities are endless for those willing to take the challenge, advice like that from someone who has already walked the walk, is invaluable.
When asked about the next 12 months, Alicia kept her cards close to her chest, “I can’t say too much right now, but I’m definitely working on a couple of new projects I’m so excited to release! This year has been full of hard prep work for some new music launching late 2016 or early 2017. Finishing up an EP, filming a music video and preparing for a full and busy 2017! I just can’t wait to be playing shows again and showing the world some fresh tunes!”
photos by: ahhmusephotography
and Cristina Preiss