So, I was hanging out with a group of friends last night, chatting and giving feedback to them regarding a short film I was helping them make, and as we were talking about the process of film-making and my process as an actress and as a director, I just got deeper and deeper into what I love to do and why.
Isn’t it amazing how explaining something to someone allows you such amazing insight into that thing.

I am considering teaching for this very reason. I left that evening feeling so inspired and exhilarated; feeling so clear about what I am doing and why.

It was such an awesome exchange for myself and the people I was working with. I think that should be challenge to al of you for this week. Teach someone how to do something you are good at; see how it feels and what it does to your relationship with the thing.


Add yours Comments – 75

  • David Hayes

    on October 6, 2008 at 8:25 pm

    [Tomorrow is only 25 minutes away in my time zone.]

  • taylor nikole

    on October 6, 2008 at 8:26 pm

    tomorrow is my audition
    which is 25 min away in your time zone

  • Darwin

    on October 6, 2008 at 8:43 pm


    You teach me stuff all the time!

    PLUS you teach professionally! You will be OVER-ACHIEVER in this Mack Challenge!!!

  • Bouroux

    on October 6, 2008 at 8:47 pm

    Hi Allison.

    Teaching is shared knowledge and live experiences with other . You must be creative to pass correctly your message. We must capture the attention of the person ahead of you.
    These considerations also apply to actors.
    Share our passion with others, enabling them to understand what we live is really great. We are all teachers in the soul.
    Yesterday, my daughter has an interview with an actor of Montreal who plays in TV series, movies and theater. The actor said that when going through difficult times, teaching allows him to rediscover the pleasure of being an actor.
    I like to share with my colleagues my knowledge. I have great admiration for teachers in schools should teach things that are that are not exciting to young people who are not passionate.

    Have a good night.

  • taylor nikole

    on October 6, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    heheheh you and jennygirl.. darwin…
    always teaching and lecturing me 🙂

  • Darwin

    on October 6, 2008 at 8:56 pm



    You’re welcome!

    “break a leg” on your audition tomorrow…still a couple of hours by MY time zone!

  • taylor nikole

    on October 6, 2008 at 8:57 pm

    nerves are so much better
    considering i got the side!
    yess i did
    now i don’t have to go in and
    improvise 🙂

  • Darwin

    on October 6, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    Too bad! You could be like Indiana Jones!

    “I don’t know! I’m making this up as I go!”

  • m e d i n a

    on October 6, 2008 at 9:06 pm

    huummm my mom is a teacher, bnut im probably be afraid, in panic, front many students ina class room. I work with young journalist – tham me 😛 – sometimes i think that when i speak about my experience i help my friends with they works.

    short movies

    Allison when im in direction im like to go fast, i just fell security to make ‘ 1,2,3, ok, cut, lets go, next take’. Of course short movies its more ‘easy’, i think if was the same with you. Maybe not, becayse Warnner its a great ‘machine’ and a smalville episod have many technicals details, Im right?


  • Michael Coco

    on October 6, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    I know the feeling…i like to draw and people have told me that i’m pretty good but i dont like to say that myself i think i could always get better…but when i show someone how i did something and how to do it and then to see them do it its just an amazing feeling

  • taylor nikole

    on October 6, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    journalism students 🙂
    I love journalism…

    hahah I’m indian jones at heart !

  • taylor nikole

    on October 6, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    <3 <—– yep thats my indian jones heart 🙂

  • Aysha

    on October 6, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    Hey Allison,

    I am genuinely thrilled and happy for this revelation you have had about teaching! Yes, I agree with David Hayes – you have to pay attention to what you are saying and the reaction it stirs in your pupils.

    I feel the line gets blurred between teaching and learning if it is done right. It is such a great way to hone a new perspective on the subject you are teaching when pupils shed some light on something that makes you say, “Wow, I never looked at it that way.”

    There have been so many moments like that when I went to college and the professors encouraged discussion and participation. Such a beautiful moment to me. I feel triumph just witnessing that moment.

    It’s interesting that you brought the teaching topic up because I just yesterday pondered how my life would be if I took a different career path and became a professor in psychology. I have thought about it before, but never as seriously as I did yesterday, and I feel being a professor would be just as fulfilling as my current career endeavor – becoming a medical doctor.

    I would love to share the enthusiasm I have for psychology with others and savor the feedback that I get from my students.

    Sidenote: I can’t believe there are only 33 days left until you direct Smallville! Do you feel prepared?

    Take Care,

  • arash

    on October 6, 2008 at 10:47 pm

    Here is a part of ‘about wikipedia’ ;
    “… attracting at least 684 million visitors yearly by 2008. There are more than 75,000 active contributors working on more than 10,000,000 articles in more than 250 languages. As of today, there are 2,573,330 articles in English; every day hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world make tens of thousands of edits and create thousands of new articles to enhance the knowledge held by the Wikipedia encyclopedia.”

    I think there is a little change to how we used to define teaching and learning in the past. But of course teaching one on one is a different experience.

  • Jen

    on October 6, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    Teaching is a beautiful thing and true that is enlightening when you explain something to someone else. I completely agree and I am going to school to be a teacher myself, there is something noble about the profession. That can you can help shape minds and their futures and share your insights in that particular way. I want to connect people on that level.

    have a great week Allison and thank you for the inspiration, you are still and always will be my fave character on Smallville. You are a brillant actress.

  • SolShine7

    on October 7, 2008 at 3:30 am

    Yeah, I like the Indiana Jones mix. You teach and you explore. When I’m able to share my passion for filmmaking, journalism and social justice with others I get this great feeling. It’s amazing! I totally get what you’re talking about.

  • Mae

    on October 8, 2008 at 10:52 am

    Hey ma’am!
    Well, I know it’s minuscule, but, I’m teaching my two-year old cousin the days of the week. Some of you may be thinking, why?, she’s only two years old. But she’s the most intelligent toddler I’ve met! She knows her ABC’s and counts up to 50 and speaks to me like any one of you would. Just not on topics such as…politics. :]
    Another thing, my brother is a pretty good singer and I’m not great, but I can pull it off. So he and I are attempting to sing duets or just songs where we sing at the same time. I really enjoy teaching him how to project his voice and I love how I feel more…complete when I’m through.

  • mar1013

    on October 8, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    Well, this is my second attempt to say my two cents in the subject.

    i was thinking today, after having a meeting with some of my students’ parents, that it is not as important as I teach but as how they learn, and how i need to connect with them to do it as well as i can.

    I can have all the knowledges of the world but i have to be able to transmit them because if i can’t do it, my knowledges are useless for them.

    Sometimes i ask myself why the things i do in one group are working properly but in the other group aren’t, maybe the answer is that i’m working with people and they are different so they learn different. I must learn to teach according to the group i have in front of me.

    Inside the classroom i must not have problems because i have to concentrate in them, i have to forget the world outside

    As always, sorry for my english


  • R kappz

    on October 8, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    I love teaching but it’s not all fun and games. I’m kidding, of course it is. But it’s not glamorous, not that I’d know how glamorous acting is. And if you think fans are venerative wait ’til one of your students has a crush on you.

  • Timothy P. McGee

    on October 9, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    Hey Allison! So what IM are you working on? Is it filming in Canada like Smallville, or is it here in the states? If you become a teacher I’d definitely sign up to be in your class.

  • Kellie Danielle

    on October 9, 2008 at 6:09 pm

    Here is something I wrote, I think its something I can teach everyone, that the world has a little color after all…

    Hopefully I’m not just writing words on a page, hopefully these words have a meaning, in the end, I want these words, to have a deeper meaning than that of words on a page.
    Sometimes, when things aren’t black and white, like when rules are bent and lines unclear, the color isn’t gray, it’s more like, that’s where the rainbows of color reside, in between the black and white.
    Like when you leave the house without asking, and you run in a meadow, you’re not doing anything bad, but you’re still not being obedient. It’s those times when you want to shout to the rooftops and sing to the hills, those are the colorful moments in life, when no strings hold you down, no people are telling you right from wrong, because you’re not doing either.
    Color is everything in this life, we see it everywhere, in a smile, a flower, a kiss, you see color, because everything has one, a color I mean, it’s like an endless rainbow, of colors you’ve never even seen, of radiance that can only slightly ever be described. You just want to grab those moments and put them in your pocket, you want to take a little bit of color with you everywhere you go, and splash it on those around you in gloomy moods.
    Figuratively can’t you see it? Can’t you see the beauty of the little things in life stashed in our pockets like candy, the wonder of a butterfly in our very own hand? The knowledge that we can make someone, anyone’s life better, even if just for a moment, is a gift. When you hand a five year old girl a flower, simply because, you have made her remember you forever, as the person who made her smile. That same flower, you handed to the small girl, just made the world a bit brighter, nothing changed except whose hands held the flower, but because of the nearly tangible happiness of the easily pleased little girl, you just added to some joy to this seemingly dismal planet.
    A flower. A perfect representation of that color I spoke of, because a flower comes from a little seed, nothing extraordinary, just a simple little seed, but when the day comes that that seed becomes a flower you can find every intricate detail, every color that seeps through into the next, every speck of light shed on the unique little creation. To make this analogy even better, let’s bring it full circle, let’s say you found that beautiful silent ballerina in the meadow that you ran through after leaving the house without permission.
    The silent ballerina sits in the palm of your hand, and you can almost see the dance it creates, though she sits motionless center stage. The beauty of this simple pleasure is like an aura of pure color, you can see it, feel it, and even taste it. That is what lies between black and white. Like that time before you wake, but after sleep. It’s like Neverland, nothing in the world is gray. Its all, black, white and color. Color is where we should all be, in that euphoric state of lovely, dazzling color.
    In the end, I wouldn’t want to be in a gray world, a state between happiness and depression, positive and negative, I’d much rather think of that middle ground as a vast pool of light, and color. A place where nothing bad could ever happen, no obligation touches you in those moments. You are new, and whole, and complete in your world of overwhelming color. After all, why would someone want to bend the rules if they wouldn’t feel that rush of emotion, and exhilaration, of color? They wouldn’t because that feeling is all we crave, to have at least a moment to be out of the norm, to go beyond yourself, your abilities into a state before rebellion, before angst, the carefree, innocent kind of disobedience, in where rules don’t truly even apply. In my perfect world, everything would have a color, and every color an emotion, and every emotion a color, a perfect circle. In my perfect world; not gray, but a rainbow.

  • William D

    on October 9, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    I know how you feel Allison about directing. I love to direct. I feel it is an extention of my love for photography. I also can understand your thoughts on teaching. I have thought recently about trying my hand at teaching photography. If you really want to share your love of something, teaching is the best way to do that, it’s something my mentor showed me.

  • David Harvey

    on October 17, 2008 at 2:57 pm

    That’s great that you have a clear focus and knowledge of what you want to do with your life, you are truly blessed to have that.

    I feel lost, adrift in an ocean of “get this done yesterday”, and yet I still have no clear idea of what I am supposed to do.

    For what it’s worth, I completed college and obtained a degree in business, but never have had or have a desire to start my own company.

    Most of what I had a passion for growing up (marine biology, art, geography, and history) I had explained to me in explicit terms by my parents that there was no practical way to earn a living in those areas.

    So, I continue the jaunt through life, trying to find work that I can do that is least annoying but still allows one to pay the bills.

    Sorry for sounding so down, but I am in between jobs again and have felt in a slump for the past few days. Sometimes I think it helps to write down/vent what’s bothering you.

    BTW, I agree about teaching – one generally even learns more about something through teaching someone else.

    I was fortunate enough to work in the Computer Lab my last semester of college; helping others to learn MS Word and Excel. One truly gains a great respect for what teachers/professors face everyday – from students who just don’t try, to those who genuinely want to learn but are hitting roadblocks – and helping them to figure out routes around those roadblocks is a great feeling.

  • easwara

    on March 20, 2009 at 10:57 am

    hi alilison, im huge fan of s.m. well its good! thin you and Kristin are truely beautiful. Im from england, 28yrs old, male. i dunno if you read these. if you do drop my an email if you can. to be honest i got a huge crush on you and kris but ah your taken lol. i really like kris and so hm when you gonna set me up. she like english guys? i studied in usa for a while in connecticut, loved it there. i love your accents! good luck with the show. take care. say hi to Kristin. tell her to email me! dont for get…im counting on you to play cupid!

  • 1 Jade Ruby

    on November 8, 2010 at 2:52 am

    Many people have something that they can do well, and are passionate about. If only they did have the chance/desire to share it with someone else, how much would this world change for the better?