Interview: Ellison

Today we’re joined by Ellison. Ellison is a phenomenal actress and an aspiring writer. She writes mainly poetry and short stories and hopes to be published one day. When she’s not acting or writing, Ellison enjoys to work on her visual art. She draws and sketches frequently. It’s clear she’s a dedicated artist who really loves to create. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

WORK

Please, tell us about
your art.

I dabble in lots of art forms, but mainly pursue theater,
writing (poetry and short stories), and drawing. I’ve been in multiple
productions, most recently A Midsummer
Night’s Dream
and will be playing Penny in You Can’t Take It With You this fall. If you’d like to contact me
about doodles, sketches, poems, or stories, please contact me directly on my
Tumblr:   wellnoduhofcourceimafangirl.

What inspires you?

I get a lot of my inspiration from my past and experiences
I’ve had, a lot of which were bad. I also take motivation from close friends
and one that not many people seem to talk about, but the media I consume. I
read all the time, almost always fiction. In a well written book there might be
a storyline that inspires me or the way something is described, I just have to
sketch it out.

What got you
interested in your field?  Have you
always wanted to be an artist?

I’ve always loved art, in some form or another and I’ve been
a performer, or depending on who you ask, a drama queen, as long as I can
remember. I wanted to be an artist but not until high school did I actually
think about making a career out of it. Little kid me would’ve been okay with
princess, but really wanted to be a spy. Currently I’d go for taking deep
breaths and making it through the day because the future is big and loud. As a
career, I think I’d be most likely to pursue my writing.

Do you have any kind
of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work
that you’d be willing to reveal?

I don’t, I’m pretty boring. Though, now that I’m thinking
about it, I should totally come up with one. I’m always willing to listen to
suggestions.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

No matter your art form, never stop. Ever. If you practice
your art every day, you’re an artist. If you only practice one a year, you’re
still an artist. I’ve been at an art school for over two years and I still
invalidate myself as an artist. You’re not an imposter, you are good enough. And if anyone tells you
otherwise, contact me for a hug plus I’ll fight them.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

Currently I identify as asexual but I’m still trying to
figure myself out. One of the biggest problems I’ve had is feeling like it is
just a phase, or maybe I am just doing for attention. I still struggle with
that. It’s okay if you try on labels to see what fits you. It doesn’t make you
a liar or an imposter. All I really have to do now is figure out how to take my
own advice.

Have you encountered
any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field?  If so, how do you handle it?

I haven’t. I hear the stories about acephobia and I haven’t
experienced any yet and I have to remind myself that everyone’s experiences are
different, and that doesn’t make you wrong.

What’s the most
common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?

That Aces can’t have or don’t like sex. It’s not about
whether we enjoy, or even have sex. It’s not about sex drive, nor about whether
we think someone is beautiful or hot. We just don’t experience sexual
attraction. That’s it.

What advice would you
give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their
orientation?

Talk to people that understand. Talk to people who love you
regardless of how you identify. Try as hard as you can to love yourself and
remember that it isn’t anyways easy. Remember you aren’t alone. You will find
love as you are, whether it’s physical or romantic or platonic or familial or
self-love. You’re amazing.

Finally, where can
people find out more about your work?

To see my work or ask about commissions, contact me at my
Tumblr:    wellnoduhofcourceimafangirl.

Thank you, Ellison, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.