Last week I began my directing adventure and Holy Shit! I had no idea it would be this intense, fun, creative, and time consuming.

Half of the time, I am totally capable of understanding everything being said and the other half I am smiling and nodding, no idea what is happening, and a total screen-saver glazing my eyes.

But, wow, after 22 years of doing one thing, acting day in and day out, now to try on  new side of the work, it feels so good doing something new. To put on a new hat, not only am I getting the opportunity to see how cool my old hat still is, but I am feeling all these different sides of my face, things I never knew existed.

I think this is one of the first experiences I have ever had sitting down working through a project for more than 1 hour at a time. It is incredible what comes when you peculate on an idea.

I am shocked by the effort creativity requires. I always liked to keep it very magical… thinking somehow you are simply struck with great ideas, like a lightening bolt. But, it’s because of this experience that I’m really seeing the need to stand in the rain with a key attached to a kite for at least a few days before you will feel the lightening bolt shoot through your hands.

I am so blessed and grateful for my life and this experience. I apologize again for the missing blogs, but damn, I am in my head making shit and it is awesome!

Go make something!

xo
allison

Add yours Comments – 47

  • claudia

    on November 8, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    Hola Allison. I´m sure you did an amazing job directing, congrats for everything you´re achieving.

    can´t wait to watch that episode!!!

    saludos y que continuen los éxitos!

    claudia – Peru

  • midwestslp

    on November 8, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    I look forward to the episode, Allison. The show has some great momentum right now. I’m glad your directorial debut is happening during this awesome season.

  • arash

    on November 8, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    shoosh, People are running governments and have no idea what they are doing. We don’t shout about this so loudly. Just keep nodding.

  • Jessica

    on November 8, 2008 at 10:20 pm

    Hey Allison!!!
    I know you must be exhausted from all the hard work, but I know you feel it is all worth it because of all the things you are being able to pursue. I know you like to create things, so this must be an awesome opportunity for you. I look forward to seeing your episode.

  • Puffy

    on November 8, 2008 at 10:34 pm

    “I get satisfaction of three kinds. One is creating something, one is being paid for it and one is the feeling that I haven’t just been sitting on my ass all afternoon.” William F. Buckley, Jr.

    And with that I will stop procrastinating on the internet and go do some work on my videos. Thank you for the nudge!

  • Lou

    on November 8, 2008 at 10:39 pm

    awesome! glad you’re enjoying this!
    better to give something like this a chance than to pass it up. I’m sure you’ll come out an even better actress than you already are. 😉

  • Ruthie

    on November 8, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    What charisma and excitement something fresh brings to our lives. A new endeavor pushes us out of our comfort zone and challenges us to be what we can…plumbing the depths of all that latent possibility at the core of who we are. I needed a little push today.

    Can’t wait to see what you’re making…

  • Sarah

    on November 8, 2008 at 10:45 pm

    Sounds like so much fun, Allison! I can’t wait to see the episode. 🙂

    It reminds me a lot of my area of interest/study: music. I’ve been performing solos and in ensembles for so long… but recently I’ve been just starting to write songs and see them performed by other people. It’s quite the experience! It’s so much fun to try new things from a different angle and stretch your brain in a new way. 🙂 I love to learn so much!

  • David Hayes

    on November 8, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    “I think this is one of the first experiences I have ever had sitting down working through a project for more than 1 hour at a time.”

    Whoa! Projects that take less than an hour are a rare thing for me.

  • christa link

    on November 9, 2008 at 12:00 am

    allison, i am so happy for you! i can hardly wait to see your directing debut! its great that you found something that your good at. the thing i am good at is being a parent. stay happy and healthy. good night.

  • Adrian P

    on November 9, 2008 at 12:19 am

    congratulation ally!!! so it’s being hard the directing process? at the very least i know it’s a great an fulfilling experience. tell us the details.
    I’m really glad that you are shapping another side of yourself, a really nice side btw… 😛

    and don’t worry if you can’t post here we know you must be so tired and so focused on the directing… so it’s ok.

    wish you my best ally!!! see you.. love, Adrian!

  • Kyle

    on November 9, 2008 at 12:20 am

    You’re hilarious. And I agree about how much energy creativity. It comes either in random lighting bolts or sometimes you need to force it — I prefer the prior. Anyways, glad you’re having a challenging fun time. I’m looking forward to the episode you’re directing.

  • Marilyne

    on November 9, 2008 at 12:38 am

    Wow! I’m sure that the whole new way to create makes you go crazy!:P I’m glad that you appreciate as much this new experience. It certainely puts you out of your comfort zone….which can be scary and exciting! Best of luck and success! 😀
    Do you know when the episode’s gonna air?

  • Stephanie

    on November 9, 2008 at 1:25 am

    I am so happy your so exciting!
    Good luck and can’t wait to see the episode!

  • Lydia

    on November 9, 2008 at 2:20 am

    There is no need to apologize, you just write whenever you feel like it and when you have time to post.

    It makes my heart smile that you are happy and that you are really enjoying directing.

  • taylor nikole

    on November 9, 2008 at 2:59 am

    make something…make something *ponders*

    make love
    not war!

    ehhh
    maybe not that 🙂

    make and create…
    ill go do that
    onceee i sleep
    🙂

  • taylor nikole

    on November 9, 2008 at 3:01 am

    oh no!
    i need to go make
    my Christmas cards…
    So I don’t lag and it can actually
    get them out on time

  • Robin

    on November 9, 2008 at 4:52 am

    Hi Allison and All,

    Wow, It must feel totally surreal and exciting being on the other end of the camera, being the one everyone on set looks to , i’m so glad your enjoying the experience, your doing it -well done Miss Director!

    I can also relate to being told stuff and eyes glazing over, although I’m rather mooe like Homer Simpson, where my mind starts to wander off!

    For anyone who’s been reading my comments Ive finally made it back into the police service, after a two year abscence…so I’m sure my own eyes will be glazing over re-learning lots of new stuff!

    I wish you the best of luck with directing your episode and to future adventures!

    Keep having fun…don’t forget to wear your directors hat.

  • Avitable

    on November 9, 2008 at 5:18 am

    I look forward to watching your directorial efforts.

  • Vanessa (spain)

    on November 9, 2008 at 6:27 am

    I´m glad you´re having fun. It´s always nice to hear people enjoy what they do!

    I´m also doing new things. Last week I started going to the gym and I also became a Red Cross Volunteer, which is something that I´ve always wanted to do, volunteering in a non-profit organization. Though I´m a bit afraid that I might not do it well, but so far it´s been ok 🙂 Are there any volunteers here?

  • Joy

    on November 9, 2008 at 7:21 am

    Wow! I’m so excited for you to learn and experience a whole new side of yourself. And who would of thought you could learn so much from youself? If it wasn’t for different experiences and people, us as people would be very ignorant. My biggest problem about starting new, creative projects is my fear of failure. But then again, not doing something out of fear is a terrible way to live your life, so maybe I should work on that. I mean, how can I learn more if I don’t branch out as far off the limb in fear that it might break?

    Thanks for the update! I always read them (even if i don’t respond) and am inspired every time. Good luck with your directing debut! I’m sure you will do wonderful work 🙂

  • jennygirl

    on November 9, 2008 at 7:24 am

    Congratulations, Allison! I am very excited for you to get this experience! It is very exciting to learn something new…and to experience how we can do more, and succeed!

  • Jennifer

    on November 9, 2008 at 7:54 am

    Hey Allison, I’m so happy for you. This is a really exciting time in your life and I’m so glad you are sharing your new experances with all of us. It is always exciting to learn something new. I’m sure your doing great at directing your episode and I can’t wait for it to air. It will be by far my favorite episode,only becaue you directed it. lol

    Take Care of yourself and try not to work too hard. Don’t worry about not posting a blog everyday. We all know how busy you are and we know that in time you will dazzle us with a new fun and exciting blog if we just wait. <3

  • Brittany

    on November 9, 2008 at 9:22 am

    Hey Allison!!!!!! I am so happy for you!!!! I can’t wait to see the episode you’ll be directing. Nodding and smiling, that’s the way to go! Haha, I do that too when I do not comprendez. I’m so excited and proud of you and thank you so much for sharing this wonderful experience with us! It means a lot to me! Ha! No worries for the missing blogs! Right now your director’s hat & chair need you! 🙂 You are so talented and this oppurtinity was meant for you to seize and make it your own! Again, I’M SO PROUD OF YOU!!!!!(L)
    The best of luck,
    Brittany XOXOXO

  • David Hayes

    on November 9, 2008 at 10:16 am

    Hmmm. Next step … executive producer.

  • Smallvillekent

    on November 9, 2008 at 11:24 am

    Hi Allison, Congratulations! I am happy you are having a great experience directing. Smallville has the best cast to work with. I am looking foward to watching this episode. Enjoy! Peter

  • me Rachel

    on November 9, 2008 at 12:27 pm

    It sounds like so much fun. You are very blessed to have the opportunity to try directing :D.

  • Anthony V.

    on November 9, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    I can’t wait to see the end product. It should be awesome. Dont stress yourself out in the meantime 😉

  • Aysha

    on November 9, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    Hey Allison,

    It looks like you are developing a new appreciate for your craft, as well as the craft of directing! I am so happy and excited for you!

    What is the most the most challenging aspect of directing for you?

    Keep nodding and smiling! I have faith that everything will click and that you’ll get struck by lightening 😉

    Never in my life did I ever think that I would wish someone to get struck by lightening! LOL!

    Have Fun!

    -Aysha

  • Aysha

    on November 9, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    *new appreciation

    Damn, I hate typos!

  • Cara

    on November 9, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    That sounds incredible. I’ve always considered to become a director or to be something in the media business. Just love to create!

    But have you learned more about the show than you expected? More on the characters and actors? They’re skills? Is it odd directing them and seeing the scenes in a different pov from an actor to the director. Finding you look at things in a different way must be incredible.

  • me Rachel

    on November 9, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    Oh yeah and I can’t wait to see the final product! 😉

  • Danielle

    on November 9, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    Congratulations and enjoy it. I’m looking forward to this episode.

  • shinefloyd / luigi

    on November 9, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    Great!!
    Learn and enjoy!!
    good luck!!

  • Bouroux

    on November 9, 2008 at 8:49 pm

    Hi Allison,
    Congratulations! I am happy you are having a great experience directing.
    It’s like if you looked you in the mirror for the first time.
    The experience must be inspiring.
    Takes care of you, remember that our sleep time is programmed by our genetic code. Each of us must meet its own needs of sleep. Our sleep is better in the first four hours. In our daily cycle, our top are at 9 am and 9 pm while our bottom are at 3 am and 3 pm. That is why a nap at 3 pm in the afternoon is so good.
    It is a source of joy for us to know that you appreciate the experience.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Bye

    Claude.

  • viviane

    on November 10, 2008 at 8:11 am

    Allison congratulations … good that you are so happy!
    I know that you will do a great job as director of this episode!
    even directing this episode chloe will appear in this episode, right? I hope so!
    xoxo … take care

  • alicia

    on November 10, 2008 at 10:58 am

    Allison, you are so lucky!! we are very happy for you..Im very excited about your debut!!!

  • paul

    on November 10, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    I had no idea directing is so different from acting. I can see that it must be much more detail oriented, but I guess I assumed that both professions were intimately linked, and both worlds would seem familiar.

    Fascinating!

  • Lizeth

    on November 11, 2008 at 6:40 pm

    CONGRATS ALLISON!!! You’re really making it big time!

  • SolShine7

    on November 12, 2008 at 1:40 pm

    Awesome! I’m making up stuff in my head too and you’re right…it’s amazing! I’m glad you’re having a blast.

  • Raven

    on November 14, 2008 at 11:31 am

    thats awesome you had so much fun! I’m very excited to see the episode of Smallville that you directed.you’ve been awesome in season 8 I’m loving it so much.thanks for the update

  • Harry

    on November 14, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    Cool Allison! Can’t wait to see it!

  • EO

    on November 14, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    Keep on keeping on Allison. If your fans have learned anything about you it’s how you can do anything once you put your mind to it. I’m sure your directing debut will be fantastic.

    I’ve been loving the new season of Smallville and can’t wait for the next weeks episode “Bride”, the trailer had me on the edge of my seat.

    Wishing you all the best,
    EO

  • silvia

    on November 15, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    by the way…how the heck do you direct yourself?!

  • R kappz

    on November 18, 2008 at 2:16 am

    Is directing like managing? I used to manage a pizza restaurant. I’ll bet its exactly like that in every way. Do you tell people how to stand or something? Or where the cameras go? Do you get a wage increase? Do you have to join a union? Are the directors unions and actors unions seperate? Do you have the power to change the actors wardrobe? or even better, their hair? Can you make welling get a perm if you wanted to? I would love to see him have a really curly perm. Or how about Friday you tell him that his character has a perm from now on and then don’t tell him the truth until Monday so he has to go the whole weekend wearing a perm. If you don’t do that you would be squandering a once in a lifetime opportunity. Imagine the applications of Tom Welling…with a perm. My cousin charlyn just told me that it would be better if it was a Jheri curl. But hey, you’re the director this is your call. I just got back from canada the other day, you know drug run, and i noticed they have the harsh, dangerous chemicals that are emitted from ciggies listed on the pack. What up with that? That’s not much of a selling point. I’m sorry, where am I?