We had the good fortune of connecting with Kaleigh Allen and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kaleigh, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk is about being vulnerable. We build walls over time and that’s what confines us. Sometimes we are the first people to shut down our own ideas. Let’s stop doing that, let’s remember no one is as unique as you. TAKE THE LEAP! When I get an idea, especially in regards to my career, I am a total “Yes Man.” I will do anything to ensure that my goals are met, as long as it’s morally and ethically sound within my realm, I will take the risk. I moved out to Los Angeles in 2018, almost 3 years ago. I had no job, no apartment, no friends or family. What I did have was an idea of where I needed to go to begin my networking venture. Every risk that I’ve ever taken, shaking off nerves to start conversations with people I idolize, starting Kismet&Frolic… Has led me to where I am today. I believe risk is necessary for growth. What we don’t always see is that it’s our mentality that’s holding us back.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My art is loud, colorful, quirky, and uniquely me. When it comes to paintings in my shop, Kismet&Frolic, those items express eccentric worlds that I love imagining through my process. I am able to capture an essence, a feeling, an emotion, and that is also a reason that I love performing. The ability to add small details that could change someone’s perspective of that piece is so powerful. I am most proud of a recent commission that I just finished for a dear friend, Nadia. She gave me the freedom to do what I wanted to creatively, and in return I got the opportunity to explore a full story. Most of my pieces have a common theme of energy return or karmic cycle that is featured somewhere on the painting. I also booked a solo show for a summit in January that I am extremely excited about! It was not easy to get to where I am now professionally, but the synchronization of the Universe is never wrong! I had to realize that I was the one holding myself back. How could my art be received if I wasn’t putting it out there? After creating Kismet&Frolic, I have felt so empowered to evolve and keep pushing forward. I’ve learned that persistence, bravery, vitality, and respect for yourself and your surroundings are absolutely key to a solid foundation. Following your heart is always worth it. You can do anything you put your mind to, you just have to take a risk and make it happen. Shake off the fear!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Phew! This was a hard one to answer because I have so many great spots in mind. Being vegan, and really narrowing it down… A week with my best friend visiting may look like this:
Monday: Hitting the LA Museum of Art is always a good idea and the Craft Contemporary is right across the street. After a long day of indulging ourselves in art, we would pop up to Yamashiro, and enjoy a Japanese dinner overlooking the city. The Pineapple Rice here is SO GOOD.
Tuesday: We would start the day at the Trails Cafe for some coffee, light breakfast. Afterwards, head up the trail, to hike to the Griffith, enjoying the views of LA all the way up. Once you get to the top, you can enjoy the Observatory and even vegan hotdogs in the Griffith Cafe. After the hike, we would head downtown to Another Broken Shaker and enjoy some drinks, the pool, and the view!
Wednesday: Venice Beach Day is an absolute must in my opinion. We would go to New Deli for lunch, get the Vegan Tuna Salad Sammies…Yum. After the sandwiches are snatched, we would bring them to the beach for a fun day! Definitely popping over to the Venice Canals for a walk through before sunset. The Venice Whaler for dinner to enjoy the beautiful views of the water on the rooftop deck.
Thursday: I have a car now! So I would drive us to Sturtevant Falls to hike down to the waterfall and pack a lunch to enjoy down there as well. We may also enjoy a Dodgers game, with a possible dinner at Sage in Echo Park, if time allowed!
Friday: Dance Class Day! We would go to Millennium or Playground and take class. Then enjoy some tapas at Lala’s on Melrose after, if at Playground. Bowling later at Lucky Strike.
Saturday: A trip to Descanso Gardens! A day of being outdoors and enjoying what beauty LA has to provide. A day of roller skating, if possible! Dinner at Margot in Culver City.
Sunday: Melrose Trading Post is a must on Sundays! Lunch at Crossroads afterwards, which is also vegan heaven. A drive-in movie later in the evening.
There are so many amazing things to do in the city but you simply couldn’t fit it all in a week! Another really fun thing to do is visit Universal Studios. I have enjoyed my visits, even had the chance of performing there!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My mother could always use an extra squeeze of love. She taught me to face every situation with my entire being. My dad taught me to be practical, but also remember the magical joys of every moment. Of course, I would also like to shoutout my little brother, who has always been my rock, and continues to support and inspire me in ways he doesn’t even realize. I am extremely grateful for my stepdad as well, who has taught me the importance of connecting with music, nature, art, and myself. And my stepmom for our forever strong bond over the arts and philosophies. I will forever be grateful for my family’s understanding and support so SHOUTOUT TO MY FAMILY!