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

Hi Alyson, why did you pursue a creative career?
I think I chose to pursue a creative career because I have always had the desire to inspire or help people with my work. An artistic career allows me to do that.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a video and performance artist currently based out of Saint Paul, Minnesota. My work focuses on issues surrounding womanhood, femininity, sexuality, and gender studies. I got to where I am today learning from and studying at the International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York, New York. One of my most excellent mentors at ICP was Darin Mickey. I am currently 24 years old, and I am still profoundly figuring out my life. I think that’s something I want the world to know and others to know is that being in your 20s is hard but also amazing because the journey is constantly changing and growing and surprising you. I am in the midst of overcoming a challenge as I do this interview. I am trying to figure out what my next step is in my career. I overcome challenges by embracing the fact that life is hard but also fun and crazy and it will be okay even when it all seems stressful.

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?
Girrrlllllllllllll. Minnesota is hugely underrated. I consider us to be a gem of the Midwest. If my best friend was visiting the area this is what we would do. Best places to eat; Matt’s Bar, Cossetta’s, Tori Ramen, Cafe Latte, AL’s Breakfast, Revival, and Sebastian Joe’s Ice Cream Cafe. Best places to drink; Dangerous Man Brewing Company, Bad Weather Brewing Company, Gay 90’s, Honey Night Club, and Surly Brewing Company. Best places to visit; Walker Art Center, Franconia Sculpture Garden, Duluth, the Boundary Waters, Mall of America, Stone Arch Bridge, Saint Paul Cathedral, Pine Tree Apple Orchard, and the Spam Museum.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My friends give me life and continuously inspire me to do better and to be better. They are always there to build me back up even at my lowest points. Thank you to Zhara Honoré, Sean Esser, Caitlin Chiusano, Camilo Castro, Elliot Mohler, Gina Carson, and Charles Robbins for always believing in me. Shout out to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie for introducing me to Feminism in 2014 and changing my life forever. Everyone should read her book, “We Should All Be Feminists.”

Website: https://alyson-smith.com/
Instagram: @alymarie_x
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alyson-smith-2a9b56113/

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