Robin asked:
Is art a reflection of the society of it’s day, or inspiration of what it could be?

Allison said:
What an awesome question Robin. I think it is both. I now, it sounds like a bit of a cop out answer doesn’t it? But I feel it is a very similar question to the chicken and the egg. I don’t know if we can ever determine what comes first. However, I do believe it is the responsibility of the artist to understand and recognize the effect the work they produce has on the world.

Where in an average day when I am not working, I personally see and effect maybe 25 people on a busy day. When I am working, I personally relate to about 6 million. This is heavy, 6 million people look at what my character says every week and take stock, are effected. I don’t think about this all that often, however it is a huge deal. I feel that the arts hold the beliefs of the general population in place. I believe they not only reflect, but perpetuate any thoughts or ideas we hold in place. The arts solidify, crystalize and and embalm our society. Art is spectacular. It is our essence in tangible form. We show our insides outside ourselves with what we create, what we take the time to think about long enough the we can actually put it out in the world as a symbol of our own thoughts.
Ok, enough rambling for now.

nkc asked:
Is there anything weird you did as a kid that you still do?

Allison said:
Make up dances, plays, and stories with my best friend Jenny in our living rooms.

Ruthie asked:
What legacy would you like to leave…how do you want to be remembered?

Allison said:
Wow, getting right into it I guess? I want to be remembered as something I feel so far away from currently. I want to be remembered as a woman of love and strength. I want to be remembered as someone who inspired ideas and expression. Someone who was passionate about life and art and friends and family. I want to be remembered for telling epic stories in my own way. Stories that influence and inspire society. I want to be remembered as someone who can be counted on to bring joy to the situations I choose to participate. I want to be a woman of peace and compassion. A woman who means what she says and says what she means. A woman of integrity and depth. I have so much work to do, but I think that is the process of life. Building ourselves to be the ultimate person we can be. Paying attention to the moments we have and filling them with as much of us as possible. Quietly, presently, alive.

Volley! Allison asks everyone:

  1. What is your Black Swan moment? A Black Swan moment is a moment in time when you knew your life would change forever. When you never knew it was possible to have a swan any other color than white and a black one appears in front of you one day and you entire life is changed.
  2. If you had a time machine and could go back and say something you wish you had said, but will never have the chance to say, what would it be and to whom?
  3. What is your favorite childhood memory?

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