We had the good fortune of connecting with Allison Lobel and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Allison, why did you pursue a creative career?
Ever since I was a kid I used any excuse to turn an assignment into a creative project. In school if we were given free rein to create something- I would always make a silly film with friends. In English class this was a movie acted by popsicle stick puppets and in my science class I made a weird parody of the Jerry Springer show teaching about catapults. I didn’t make the connection at the time that this is what I wanted to do as a profession, but it was something in me that I just naturally had an affinity and a love for.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I started seriously pursuing a career in film about 9 years ago, when I made the short but significant move from Orange County to Los Angeles. I enrolled in acting classes at the Beverly Hills Playhouse and I started working on student films. This gave me the foundation to be where I am 9 years later producing and writing my own content and acting professionally in film and on stage. When I moved out here I had no other intentions to do anything but be an actor. However, I have found along the way that I love writing just as much. It really allows me to use my full weird brain and create entire new worlds and characters that I never would have thought possible before. It has really taught me that you don’t need to wait for the next audition or opportunity, because at all times you can be creating and making your own opportunities. There is an abundance of work to be had when you look in yourself and decide that you are going to create something of your own.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Los Angeles is an incredible city, not just to pursue a career in film, but also to live and explore. It is sprawling and diverse. You can drive just a couple blocks and suddenly you’re in a completely different neighborhood. I love the beach so whenever anyone comes to town, I bring them out to Santa Monica. I know that Malibu is more serene and remote, but I love the silly, fun, touristy feel of the pier with its carnival attractions and bright lights. I also like to visit Culver City for it’s gastropub downtown area. Another favorite is the North Hollywood art’s district. Some of my favorite restaurants I’d want to share are PUMP in West Hollywood, Duke’s in Malibu, and The Farmers Market inside the Grove mall.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My shoutout goes to MTA, or Musical Theatre Academy of Orange County. It was where my love for performing began and where I truly began to hone my skills and learn the craft. It’s where I met Jimmy Hippenstiel who is an incredible director, choreographer, and all around great guy. My favorite theatre memories ever were created there. We were treated as professionals, not as children. The choreography, direction, production value were all top notch and I will always be grateful for the talent, professionalism, and lessons I learned there. I would not be in the artistic field if it were not for Jimmy and MTA believing in me, and teaching me how to grow.
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