We had the good fortune of connecting with Ally Mathieu and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Ally, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking

 For me, a risk defines a clear boundary and therefore clearly defines the steps necessary to continue with success or failure. Because of this clarity risks have always inspired me to rise up and challenge the present situation. Risks heighten the intuitive sense and push me to act quickly and accurately.. almost all of my greatest achievements have been on the heels of a risk. I like the danger and calculative nature that surrounds chance vs probability.


Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
As a career artist, I feel like the real work for me has been inner work and trusting most in doing the right thing for my family and freaks along the way.. even if that ‘right thing’ is seemingly not in my direct career path. I’ve learned that stying true to this morale keeps my eyes clear and my mind alert to what could be, what is and what has already been. We need truth to create pure work. As an artist and a small business owner I find this of upmost importance. Only with honesty can we create a healthy and creative community. 

I feel taking steps forward with these thought patterns broadens the road and keeps my toed soles sensitive to bumps and stones which the wind blows along, allowing me to embrace what could trip me up.. and change my gate accordingly. This way as the path divides, I see clearly which side to take.


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.

Oh man. We stir it up when she comes in .. but! I’d like to take her to Guelaguetza and then go on a bike cruise from Palos Verdes up to Paradise Cove for the gigantic guac and margaritas. Ha. As if she’d ever.

.. and it would be convenient if a good band was playing the Ace Hotel or at The Getty Center. Or really anywhere. I really dig the Music Box Microstage that’s been popping up on the beach .. and I am so stoked for shows at the Hollywood Bowl and Greek this season!

I miss shows at The Echo, and Mowtown Mondays and French Pop Night and Club Decades and ..(I could be here all day listing).. and the Broad, and Corey Helford Gallery and The Hive.

I also really like the Graystone Manor and the super spooky Classical Music shows they put on. Anywhere in this city can be fun with my bestie though.


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?

I would like to dedicate this shoutout to Oana and Mel for trusting me with their baby and for mentoring me throughout the epic transition from artist to small business owner.. I would also like to mention my staff who fill the studio with safe and giggling vibrations that let people feel comfortable enough to be explorative and create (not to mention their wicked dance moves and stellar music taste, which I truly appreciate on the daily). But mostly to the community of artists who come into the studio; allowing themselves to be vulnerable and to trust in the healing process of creation. Without this trust, the business wouldn’t be.

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