Since the beginning of the school year, Northport Middle School student
Alexa Valentino has been busy with schoolwork—but also with her aspiring
career as a musician and actress.
At 12 years old, Valentino has already released multiple singles, and
had roles in films, web series, and Off-Broadway productions. Being a
member of National Honor Society, Northport’s Tour Choir, as well as
advocating for anti-bullying, makes juggling a growing career
difficult—but she manages.
“One thing that my mom taught me as things started to take off was that
balance was the key,” Valentino explained. “Completing all my
responsibilities, while always making sure that I got down-time, was
super important. It taught me how to grow up, and be more responsible.”
In regard to her love for music and acting, she recalled teachers within
the Northport-East Northport district who inspired and encouraged her
to follow her dreams. Her fourth-grade Dickinson Avenue teacher, Mrs.
Fee, shared her love of Broadway, and came to see many of the
Off-Broadway shows she secured roles in.
“I remember when I did my first Off-Broadway show,” Valentino recounted.
“Mrs. Fee came all the way to the city to see me perform. Her support
meant so much to me.”
Since the end of the summer, Alexa has performed at the Labor Day Bash
at Wildwood Pier, the East Northport Festival, and in front of PETCO,
singing sweet tunes and raising nearly $1,000 for animals affected by
Hurricane Harvey. She plans to continue following her dreams now, and in
“I never want to give up my pursuit for success in the arts,” Valentino
declared, “and I will do my best to use my voice to speak for causes I