We had the good fortune of connecting with allegra scott and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi allegra, why did you pursue a creative career?
I wrote my first song when I was 11 years old to cope with the death of my grandmother. Poetry and music had always been my preferred creative outlets, but that song was the first time I combined them. Songwriting has remained how I process the world, I’ve always been really sensitive, and writing a song is the best way I know to sort out my emotions (when my therapist is busy).
By my senior year, I realized that maybe, just maybe, all the healing my music was providing me could be shared. I decided to go to college for music, and spend those years improving and defining my voice. Working through my insecurities has been (and probably always be) one of the biggest roadblocks for me, but I’m finding my footing.
At the end of the day, I package my feelings up in my lyrics and deliver them through melodies. It’s the thing that makes me function, that lets me understand myself. I am pursuing a career as an artist to share that understanding with the world. Hopefully, it helps y’all with your feelings too <3
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Well, I am very much still beginning my career! An obstacle I seem to constantly face is pressure to conform. The amount of men who think they have something to teach me, or the direction I need to take my art, is endless. The fear that if I don’t weigh a certain number or follow a certain formula, that I’ll never “make it”. The very idea that “making it” is this be-all, end-all moment that defines your entire life.
I believe in working hard, showing up, and letting life happen. Not chasing what isn’t working out, breaking yourself to fit someone else’s mold. Blessings come to you when you’re ready to receive them.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Ooooh okay. Well I’m a big believer in the beach and the sunrise being the BEST medicine, so I would probably drag you to do a sunrise hike in Malibu. Caffeine after that is crucial, and I’m a huge coffee snob but I’m actually allergic? So I even though I suffer through most of the time, ideally somewhere with good coffee and matcha. Flore Vegan has the best breakfast burrito in LA (tbh even if you eat meat, but I know I’ll get fought on that) so that’d be brunch.
For fun in LA, obviously there’s tourist spots, views, thrifting, etc but something I think everyone should experience is the Museum of Tolerance. It is described as a “human rights laboratory and educational center dedicated to challenging visitors to understand the Holocaust in both historic and contemporary contexts and confront all forms of prejudice and discrimination in our world today.” It was a required field trip in my high school German class, and I visited the sister location in Israel while on birthright a couple years ago. The museum is an incredibly educational resource regarding a horrific event that is still denied.
To end on a lighter note, sunset! It’s basic but, I’d have to say takeout somewhere on Mulholland. If you’ve never been to In-n-Out and you’re good with dairy we’re definitely doing that. If you’re vegan Monty’s is fantastic and honestly, better fries. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I really feel that I’m a product of my surroundings. Having grown up in LA, I’ve been incredibly blessed to be surrounded by a plethora of creatives, friends and family alike. My dad is a guitarist, and his style has played a large hand in how I write. My little sister is incredibly blunt and 100% true to her instincts, and I don’t do anything without her input. She’s about to start her degree in music and I don’t stop bragging about it (she’ll kill me when she sees this). My mom is absolutely insane in the best way possible, and I wouldn’t have her any other way. She’s my biggest supporter.
Gassing up the people I love is the easiest thing in the world for me, I truly feel blessed with my circle. I grew up in a TINY private school in the valley; my graduating class was 21 people. This left me with a handful of childhood friends who feel like family. The friends I’ve made in college continually serve as inspirations musically, aesthetically, and ethically. There’s a lot of art to be created, and a lot of change to push for right now, both internally and societally. We all push each other to work hard while taking care of ourselves, and it’s golden.
Juliana Edelnant, Jacob Washington