We had the good fortune of connecting with Allysa Sing and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Allysa, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Ever since I was young, I’ve always had the urge to create. I’ve always enjoyed the process of putting things together to make something new. Whether it was painting, sculpture, photography, writing, I’ve always found a way to enjoy the process and before seeing the result. I found myself sticking to filmmaking as it’s such a collaborative process that encapsulates many other forms of art. I’ve always found myself constantly challenged by it which makes it exciting to me.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’ve always enjoyed the process of filmmaking, but when starting out it was a little difficult for me to figure out which roles I wanted to do, as I felt if I didn’t focus on a particular role, I’d fail or not be as skilled as I would like to be. But I’m glad that now I’ve figured out that while I like directing, I also really enjoy the collaborative process of producing and helping in other ways that are also meaningful. More importantly I’ve also figured out the type of projects I like to work on and my voice as a filmmaker. I’m also slowly but surely finding my group of creatives that I can work with who are also supportive, which I think is very important.
I’m looking forward to working on more projects with Story Mode, a company I’m part of where we work on music videos, web series and other content. We’re currently working on a couple of new projects that I’m excited about. We were brought together by our love of video games, military science fiction, and all things nerdy have a heavy influence in our stories as well. We also want to create digital content unafraid to tackle controversial issues and subvert expectations in meaningful ways. I’m currently working on a documentary that explores how gaming shapes relationships and self-discovery to create a community and explore the impacts of that.
I was really proud of my team and I as our short film Clean was screened at Salem Horror Fest 2020 and Horrible Imaginings Film Festival as part of the Campfire Series in January this year. My short film Ada’s Sacrifice will also be screened online soon. I’m also very excited about my new horror feature script that I’m currently working on!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If my best friend came for a week-long visit, I would bring her to the beach and show her the drive down the One. I would also bring her to visit the national parks which are breathtakingly beautiful. (But I can’t decide between Sequoia National Park, or Death Valley National Park.) If it were a longer trip, I would bring her to the Grand Canyon! And we would also check out the local parks and maybe the shops in the local area.
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?
There have been so many people that I’ve crossed paths with who have helped me and supported me to where I am today. One such organization that I’ve been a part of, BIPOC Next Gen Mentorship Program, is such a great program that has connected me with me with my mentor, Courtney, who has helped me so much this past couple of months and she has been so generous with her time and knowledge! They’ve also had great speakers for their zoom events for mentees and great networking opportunities.
Connor Vickers, Benjamin Lee, Chandler Freelander, Jameson Mitchell