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

Hi Miles, what’s one piece of conventional advice that you disagree with?
“Follow Your Dreams”- This is one of the most overused tropes in our cultures. It often signifies someone’s self-seeking idealized career and lifestyle that they have placed in their mind as “the ultimate” thing to which they must sacrifice anything and everything to achieve. And if they don’t meet they’re unrealistic expectations they are often left feeling deflated, dejected and wanting… Might I suggest a new perspective? Several months ago, I was in that space of feeling deflated from unmet expectations in life. I wanted to do/be X/Y/Z in the entertainment industry and felt no closer to achieving it then when I had moved to LA 8 years prior. Then Covid hit, and I was left unemployed and with a lot of time on my hands. So, I decided to do the next logical step for any guy about to turn 30… I downloaded TikTok! I figured, “Well, I don’t have much to do, so might as well be creative!” I started posting videos that utilized my skills and creativity and that were also, if I do say so myself, pretty entertaining! In just 4 short months, I went from having never even downloaded TikTok to having over 1 million followers! I got to connect with a wide audience and received many comments that my videos brought light into people’s lives that were struggling to find joy. I can’t begin to tell you how good it feels to know that my silly video brightened someones day. And on top of that, b/c of my following, I started receiving deals from brands to get paid to make sponsored videos on TikTok! Who would thought?  In conclusion, my dream was never to become “TikTok famous”. But if I had stuck to the rigid “Follow Your Dreams” formula, I would have never even considered and thus experienced having such a great platform to deliver hilarity and positivity to people all across the globe! So, instead of “Follow Your Dreams” how about we try this: Look at where your passions and skills lie, and then determine that you are going use those God-given abilities to make the world less dark place… I can guarantee you won’t be disappointed!

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I guess I’m what you’d call a “TikTok influencer”. It feels weird saying that, considering I only downloaded the app in March! I create fun and entertaining short-form videos, often using my impressions, that get seen by millions of users on the app. This crazy journey, however, started when I was in 8th grade. I was heavily bullied in the public school system and didn’t really have many friends. I would often just stay inside playing video games and watching cartoons. Eventually, I bought my first SpongeBob DVD and started watching the behind-the-scenes of the voice actors. I was fascinated and started imitating what they were doing. I went on the school bus and started doing impressions of the SpongeBob Characters and for the first time ever, I remember being validated by my peers. They thought they were great! The bullying continued to get worse, however, so my parents decided to put me in another school. It was there that I actually got to experience love and acceptance from others and not only that… my classmates wanted to be around me. They even thought I was funny! They encouraged me to audition for the school play and I got the lead comedic role! I really came into my own in High School. Fast Forward many years, I’m out in LA. First I want to be a filmmaker. Then I decide to get back into acting and voice over. Then I had a viral video that sent me on a world comedy tour for 2 years. After that I wanted to do sitcom. Then I wanted to be a missionary. Then I went through a period of 2 years of not really having any clue what I wanted to do. Now I’m Tik-Tok influencer. I think the only logical next step is Astronaut.

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?
Once I picked them up from LAX (b/c I’m that awesome of a friend), I’d take them to get they’re obligatory In N Out burger. After that, a hike to Griffith Observatory is a must! I mean, Rebel Without A Cause, AMRIGHT?! Then we would grab some Thai food at one of the many awesome Thai restaurants in LA. Next, gotta hit up Malibu for the beaches. Or maybe Newport, or Hermosa, or… ahh they’re all great! Except Venice, not my cup of tea. After the beach, we’d grab some awesome seafood at Neptunes Net. Then we’d rent a cabin at Lake Arrowhead and go kayaking! This is all assuming, of course, that most things aren’t on fire lol.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My amazingly supportive family and friends, my church, my mentor, and most importantly my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Website: tiktok.com/@smilesallen
Instagram: @smilesallen
Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/smilesallen
Youtube: youtube.com/smilesallen

Image Credits
JBC Images

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