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Interview: Phoebe

Today we’re joined by Phoebe. Phoebe is a phenomenal dancer who both dances and choreographs. She has danced regularly throughout school and with companies, but lately has mostly been dancing for herself. Phoebe has also recently taken up cooking and baking. She cooks both for baking and presentation. It’s clear she’s an incredibly passionate artist who loves what she does, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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WORK

Please, tell us about
your art.

I am a dancer and choreographer, mostly just for myself
these days, but in the past I have choreographed and performed with college
dance clubs and teams, and companies affiliated with my dance studios before
that. I’m not amazing, but I don’t think I’m terrible, either. When I’m not
dancing, I love cooking and baking, both in terms of flavorful and
presentational aspects.

What inspires you?

Is it cliché to say that music inspires me most of the time?
I have what I affectionately call a “bad habit” of dancing to just about
anything, especially if it’s something I hear often, including but not limited
to TV show and podcast theme songs. If you pull up next to me at a stoplight,
there is a 90% chance I’ll be choreographing to the radio. I love getting
hooked in by a beat or a lyric and seeing what my body comes up with, or how I
can express a feeling evoked by a song.

I am also constantly inspired by other dancers, both my
friends and on YouTube, though I avoid watching any one video repeatedly when
choreographing in an effort to avoid plagiarism. I am also inspired by figure
skaters, especially since I took skating lessons myself for several years.

Alternatively, sometimes it helps me to start with an
overarching theme and go from there. To give an example, my senior year of
college my dance composition class put on a concert where the theme was The
Four Seasons, and I was in charge of Autumn, so I was inspired by images of
falling leaves, harvest, the idea of transition and change, folksy-sounding
instrumentals, and a general Halloween-y spookiness.

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

My parents put me in dance classes when I was three, because
I would dance all over the house. To the best of my knowledge, I started
choreographing when I was around eight, and since then I’ve always loved
putting a dance together and seeing it come to life onstage. For a long time I
wanted to be a professional dancer, until it became clear for multiple reasons
why that wasn’t going to work out.

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?

If it’s a solo, there’s a 90% chance I will either: a)
forget my own choreography and have to make something up on the spot, or b)
realize about 2/3 of the way through that I made this too hard on myself and I
have reached the limit of my endurance, but must power through anyway.

On a more serious note, I think that I tend towards big,
more dramatic movements in my choreography. I also like incorporating visually
interesting formations in my choreography whenever possible.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

Keep practicing – even if you think you suck! Chances are
you don’t suck nearly as much as you think you do, and you can’t improve unless
you keep practicing. It also helps you stay in shape, so that when you finish a
dance and want to record it, you can look your best doing it.

Also, do it for yourself, even if you’re not doing it for
anybody else. Find studios and companies and communities where you feel
supported and welcome, and that you genuinely love both the dances you
choreograph and the ones you’re just a dancer in. Don’t try to imitate anyone
else too closely, but make sure your dancing and your choreography feels true
and authentic to you.

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ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

I identify as asexual. I haven’t totally figured out my
romantic orientation, but demiromantic is feeling like a good place for right
now.

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

I haven’t encountered any because I haven’t been out to many
people yet, and even fewer among people I’ve danced with. I have felt
personally uncomfortable performing more overtly sexual choreography, so I’ve
handled this by being selective about the choreographers I work with, and if an
explanation is necessary, I’ll just respectfully say that while I like their
style, I just don’t think it’s for me. So far, no one I’ve danced with has been
offended.

I do worry that sometimes I use movements that I might see
as sensual, but others might see as more sexual. The best advice I can give
here is to be comfortable with yourself and your body, do what feels right for
you, and remember that whatever behavior you decide to engage in in your
personal life doesn’t have to be reflected in what you decide to do onstage.

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

That just because I’m not sexually attracted to someone,
doesn’t mean I can’t love them deeply, or that I hate sex/would treat it as a
commodity or something to be “earned” in a relationship. This mostly stems from
past relationships.

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

I don’t know that I’m the best person to be giving advice on
this, but I will say this: you know you best, and you’re the only one who can
decide what labels work best for you, or if you want to have labels at all. And
anyone who doesn’t respect your orientation and what you are and aren’t
comfortable with isn’t worth it.

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

I have a small YouTube channel where I occasionally post
videos of my work. It’s very sporadic because I’m no longer part of a studio or
a company, but I upload when I can. This is my favorite solo project
I’ve done so far, this is
my most popular dance that I’ve ever choreographed, although I don’t dance in
it, and this is my
personal favorite group dance that I am also dancing in (kind of my baby from
that year).

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

Interview: Abby Grace

Today we’re joined by Abby Grace. Abby is a wonderful writer and musician. They have been playing the cello for over ten years and are even studying for a degree in it. They’re also going for a degree in English Literature and have written both fanfiction and original poetry. As if that’s not impressive enough, Abby has also recently taken up crochet. It’s clear they’re a dedicated and enthusiastic artist, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to them for taking the time to participate in this interview.

WORK

Please, tell us about
your art.

I’m a writer and musician – specifically, I write various
fanfictions, and some original poetry, and have been playing music from the age
of four. My main instrument is the cello, which I’ve played for almost 12 years
now. I’m lucky enough to have been able to pursue both of these passions, and
am currently at university studying English Literature and picking up a minor
in cello. I also recently picked up crocheting.

I’ve had two original poems published in the past, in Skipping Stones (an international
children’s magazine). Personally, though, I feel most accomplished about my
work whenever I receive a heartfelt review on my fanfics. I’ve actually cried
over a couple of emotional reviews on a specific story, “Firsts,” which is
about a trans character trying on his first binder. I also recently started
sharing some of the funnier stories from my life and my family, and am
considering collecting them into a book of short stories.

What inspires you?

I find inspiration everywhere – from silly things overheard
in public to major life events to watching a storm roll in. Inspiration for
art, no matter what medium, is everywhere.

There are a few specific people who inspire me every day,
though. My grandmother, who was known locally for her amazing quilts, didn’t
learn how to sew until her late twenties. I crochet to feel closer to her. Janelle
Monáe, who is so unapologetically herself at every turn. Yo-Yo Ma, the
best-known cellist in the world, who is still so kind and friendly as to grin
widely and give a fist bump to a shy fourteen year old who plays the cello,
too.

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

I’ve always loved reading and writing, it’s been an
important part of me for as long as I can remember. More than half of my family
is musically-inclined in some way or another, too, so it was really less of an
‘if’ I would be a musician, and more of a ‘when.’ There’s definitely a few pictures
in a family album somewhere of me sitting on my grandfather’s lap at the piano,
looking absolutely delighted as he shows me that pressing the keys makes sound.

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?

Hm, I don’t believe I have anything that I work into every
piece I do. A lot of my poetry involves stars in some way, but that’s just
because I really like space.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

Don’t be afraid to fail. Don’t be discouraged by only
getting a couple of notes or kudos, or even nothing at all. You still have
something valuable to share with the world – the world just takes a little
while sometimes to notice it. I have one fanfic that has the most kudos of that
specific ship on AO3… and I have 10 fanfics with less than 30. I have even more
with less than 3 comments. Don’t worry about the numbers. Focus on doing your
best.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

Demisexual

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

Luckily, I have yet to see anything specific in the general
writing and music communities. Within fandom itself, however, I have most certainly
seen people attack others for being ace and/or aro and trying to identify with
a character by suggesting that they are also ace and/or aro.

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

That we are frigid, unfeeling, or that asexuality isn’t ‘a
thing’ and is just ‘attention-seeking.’ I hear this most often in regards to
demisexuality.

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

Be confident in yourself. And if you’re not, ask questions!
Talk to the community – most people are happy to chat and help where they can.
It’s something that I wish I had done more when I was younger. It could have
helped me avoid a seriously bad time.

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

I’m on AO3 (DarthAbby), and Tumblr (main
butim-justharry) (side – official-cello). Please feel free
to send an ask or private message to either blog if you want to talk!

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

Interview: Morgan

Today we’re joined by Morgan. Morgan is a phenomenal artist who is currently studying to become a fashion designer. When they’re not studying, Morgan cosplays as a hobby and they also draw as well. It’s clear they’re an incredibly talented and dedicated artist with a very bright future ahead of them, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to them for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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Please, tell us about
your art.

I am
studying to be a fashion designer and also cosplay and draw casually. I have
various designs as well as cosplays and art pieces.

What inspires you?

As a
cosplayer and artist, I am influenced by shows and characters I love and feel
passionate about. For original art and designs I am inspired by issues I care
about as well as interpretations of my environment and my own feelings. My
gender identity and sexuality also inspire my art.

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

I
was always interested in drawing, especially nature and humans. My passion and
creativity extended to my self-expression through clothing and led me to create
my own clothing.

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?

Not
necessarily. When I start to have more clothing designs that I have made and
created I plan to name my brand after my grandmother’s last name, because she
has always supported my art and all aspects of my identity.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

Explore
different ways of expressing your creativity and don’t limit yourself to one
media. Even if you aren’t as experienced or skilled in other areas, trying
different methods opens new ways to interpret your feelings and your art.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

I am
asexual and sex-repulsed.

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

Not
yet. Though I feel as though some of my family/friends doesn’t understand why
some of my art/designs are more revealing or “sexual” in nature when I myself
am not sexual.

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

That
being asexual (and/or sex repulsed) means you think sex and people who have sex
are dirty/wrong. I believe sex is a very natural thing and if all parties
concerned are happy and consenting, then that’s great. Do what makes you happy.
Just because there are people who aren’t into it doesn’t mean they are against
it.

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

Even
if you are worried that you might change your mind in the future or that you
should be sexually attracted to others, remember that your feelings and
identity NOW are valid, no matter what you have felt in the past or could
potentially feel in the future.

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

I
have an art Tumblr under the URL mmmdraws and a cosplay Tumblr with
the URL maeroncosplays. I also post a lot of my
cosplay/cosplay progress on my Instagram irish.i.was.dead. My clothing design Instagram is morrisroe_designs though I haven’t posted a whole lot on there yet.

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

Interview: Tanya Lisle

Today we’re joined by Tanya Lisle. Tanya is a phenomenal author who writes mainly supernatural YA fiction. She has a number of books available and is currently hard at work on a couple series. She loves the horror genre and there’s brushes of that in most of her work. It’s clear she’s an incredibly passionate artist who loves the written word, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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Please, tell us about
your art.

I tell stories, largely with a supernatural bent (Urban
fantasy, superheroes, general supernatural elements) and with a horror edge to
it, usually with some queer content as well.

Currently I’m working on two sequels to White Noise, which is an older YA series, and The Looking Glass Saga, which started as middle grade, but has
gotten older as the characters age. I’m also looking at writing one more book
for Tales from the Twisted Eden Sector,
which is for an older audience, as well as the next book in Cloned Evil, which is more in the New
Adult range.

What inspires you?

A lot of things inspire me. I tend to get the majority of my
ideas when my mind wanders during stressful periods of my life looking for that
escape. Coming up with interesting concepts to explore always seems to happen
when I’m neck-deep in the middle of another project, so I end up jotting the
ideas down and come back to them later when I have more time to flesh them out.

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

I have been writing since I was little. Originally, it was
asking teachers if I could write an essay or do a project as a story instead,
or adding a narrative to the project in a way that still got the requirements
across. When I got into high school, a friend of mine wanted to do a comic with
a bunch of us in it and asked me for a backstory for my character, which she
ended up really liking. After that, I just kept writing stories without needing
the excuse of doing it for I have been writing since I was little. Originally,
it was asking teachers if I could write an essay or do a project as a story
instead, or adding a narrative to the project in a way that still got the
requirements across. When I got into high school, a friend of mine wanted to do
a comic with a bunch of us in it and asked me for a backstory for my character,
which she ended up really liking. After that, I just kept writing stories
without needing the excuse of doing it for homework!

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?

It doesn’t always make it into the final version, but every
draft has a scene where a fridge is thrown. It’s a long standing joke and, if
you know me, you know that I cannot let a joke die. And sometimes it ends up
being necessary to the plot, so it’s not all bad! A little ridiculous,
admittedly…

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

There’s already been a lot of great advice, so I’ll stick
with this one: Know why you’re doing it and what success means to you. Your
success might look different from other people’s and you don’t need to compare
yourself to other people in order to determine if you’re on the right track for
your artistic journey.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

I’m asexual aromantic. It took me a very long time (Until I
was 26!) to figure out that was even an option, but once I did I was so happy I
found something that fit!

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

It’s less prejudiced than it is a lack of representation.
Like in other places, some people don’t think of it as legitimate, but I’ve
also heard that it’s boring to have a story without romance. I’ve seen more
books with asexual characters, but less on the aromantic side. There’s a sense
that without that romantic subplot, a book won’t sell and therefore you must include some romance.

I’ve admittedly fallen into this trap as well. More
recently, now that I’m getting more comfortable talking about my own
asexuality, I’m starting to make it more of a point to make various character’s
sexualities more explicit and to not walk so carefully around it in fear of not
gaining that larger audience. The Looking
Glass Saga
is a series with an aro/ace lead that I’m going to be making
more explicit, and I’m working to include more characters on the spectrum in upcoming
projects.

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

It’s either that I just haven’t find the right man yet
(Because really you’re straight dontcha know?) or that it’s just that I don’t
like sex.

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

It’s okay to not know exactly what words fit you, and
sometimes it takes a while to figure those out. It’s a spectrum and you might
not fall neatly into one box or another. And, of course, you may find out later
that one word doesn’t fit you as well as you thought it did, and that’s fine
too!

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

You can check out this link, which has all my books and will
redirect you to the store of your preference: https://www.books2read.com/ap/nlzBXx/Tanya-Lisle

And if you would like a sampler of books, you can check out
the mailing list here: https://mailchi.mp/506eec46f344/get-your-free-book-now

And, of course, the blog and social media links:

http://tanyalisle.com/

https://twitter.com/TanyaLisle
https://www.facebook.com/ScrapPaperEntertainment
https://www.instagram.com/tanyalisle/
http://tanyalisle.tumblr.com/

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

Interview: Ell

Today we’re joined by Ell. Ell is a phenomenal fanfiction writer who writes in a few different fandoms. She’s currently focused on Star Trek and Babylon 5, but has also written some Sherlock fics. She is very passionate about fandom and finds a great deal of enjoyment through writing fics. It’s clear she’s a very talented and dedicated writer, as you’ll soon read. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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Please, tell us about
your art.

I write fanfiction. I mostly write for my ships from Star Trek and Babylon 5 at the moment, but I sometimes write for other things. My
first published fanfictions were Sherlock
ones. I love fanfiction and fanfiction writing because the community is (for
the most part) amazing! There are so many lovely and interesting people I have
met through reading and writing fanfiction.

What inspires you?

All sorts of things inspire me! Personal experiences, other
fanfictions I’ve read, songs, anything could inspire me! Mostly it’s personal
experience (or wanting a personal experience) and stories I want to give
characters that I feel deserve it. My friends and fellow writers also inspire me.
Their stories always seem so carefully thought out, and they’re never afraid to
do something different.

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

I have adored writing since I was 8 years old. I actually
started out writing original stories. Now I look back on my first story and
think it’s really cringey, but I also know that that was where I started, and
look at me now! I may only have two complete original stories, but I stuck with
almost all of the fanfiction I started, and I know that just as much effort has
gone into those stories as my original ones, if not more so. I can’t actually
remember how I got into fanfiction writing. I guess I just started to read a
lot of it and thought that maybe I could do it too!

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 usually project at least one thing about myself onto the
character I relate to most. Whether that is my sexuality or my state of mind. I
also tend to focus on writing from the point of view of the character I don’t
relate to that much but still love just as much. For example, when I’m writing
Spock/McCoy, I usually focus on McCoy. I also usually put an author’s note
before the beginning of a chapter.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

Dare to be different. Go against stereotypes. If something
hasn’t been done that you think should be, do it yourself. That may seem scary,
but if you care enough about it, your care will overrun your fear.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

I identify as asexual and biromantic. I am also mostly
sex-repulsed.

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

I have not, thank god! And I hope I never do, though that’s
unlikely. I know that there is a lot of it out there, and what to expect, so
I’m prepared.

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

That we’re all the same. That if one of us is sex-repulsed,
so are all of us. That if one of us is aromantic, so are the rest of us. We are
not all the same, and people need to realize that.

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

Go with your heart. If your heart says you’re asexual,
believe it. If it’s confused, maybe look up some other a-spec orientations.
Don’t trust people who aren’t asexual to tell you whether you are or aren’t
asexual.

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

I post things occasionally on my Tumblr, which is fangirl-star.

My active fanfiction account is on Archive of Our Own is FangirlStar. I post my
Star Trek and Babylon 5 fanfiction on there, along with a few other bits and
pieces. The ships I currently write for are Spock/Leonard McCoy (Star Trek) and Vir Cotto/Lennier (Babylon 5), but I’m going to start
writing Thor/Bruce Banner (Marvel) soon. Everything I post on there is slash
and rated T at most. I only ever imply at sexual content.

My very first fanfiction account, which I don’t post on
anymore, is Ellis
Jenkins
on FanFiction.net. About two thirds of my stuff on there is Sherlock Holmes. I wrote OC/Mycroft
Holmes. My very early Star Trek slash
is on there as well.

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

Call for Interviewees

asexualartists:

Hello
all!

Once
again, I’m low on interviewees. Since I don’t have the time to constantly post
calls every single time I’m running low, I’m hoping to use this post as a kind
of a reminder:

ASEXUAL
ARTISTS IS OPEN FOR INTERVIEWS YEAR-ROUND!

I’m
always looking for artists who are on the spectrum to interview. Any and all
kinds of artists are welcome.

This
is including but not limited to:

WRITERS: all genres and forms are
welcome (novelists, short stories, poetry, flash fiction, etc). It doesn’t
matter if you’re unpublished, just starting out, a student, a hobbyist, or
established. Traditionally published, self-published, small press, etc. You’re
all welcome and you all have something to offer.

VISUAL
ARTISTS:
Self-explanatory,
any kind of visual art you can imagine (photography, painting, sketching,
drawing, sculpture, installation, etc.).

FANARTISTS: Another self-explanatory
category. Cosplay, visual, fanfiction, etc. Whatever you do in your fandom (any
and all fandoms welcome), you’re an artist.

FILMMAKERS: YouTubers, directors,
cinematographers, anything that has to do with making films (short, features,
documentaries, etc).

PERFORMANCE
ARTS:

actors, theater arts, singers, mimes, any sort of performers.

DANCERS: Any kind of dance style you
can imagine is welcome here (ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, burlesque,
belly-dancing, ballroom, etc.)

MUSICIANS: playing instruments,
composing, singing, anything involving music

CULINARY: maybe your medium of choice
is food. If so, you’re welcome here.

CRAFTS: any sort of craft you can
think of (sewing, knitting, crocheting, candle making, jewelry making, etc.)

All
levels of artists are welcome: whether you’re a student or a professional, just
starting out or already established. If you create, you have something to offer
and therefore I want to interview you 🙂

If
you’re still unsure whether or not your art qualifies (there’s a 97.9% chance
it will), and your question isn’t answered in the F.A.Q., please contact me
at laurenjankowski27@gmail.com

If
you want to be interviewed, please email me at the same address
(laurenjankowski27@gmail.com)

This
site continues because I get requests for interviews. If the interviews run
out, this site will remain as a resource 🙂 Updates will continue as long as
there are aces out there willing to be interviewed.

Thank
you, everybody.


Hey everyone! Still open for interviews. And I just
want all you amazing, talented, wonderful artists who have already been
interviewed: you are making such a difference. Giving an interview may seem
like a small thing, perhaps even insignificant, but believe me when I say that so
many aces have found comfort and inspiration in your words. I have received
numerous messages about how much this blog means to people, especially to aces
still coming to terms with their identity. That’s a truly wonderful thing 🙂
So please, keep those interview requests coming!


All ages, races,
religions, genders are welcome. If you’re on the ace spectrum and you create, I
would love to interview you for this blog.

ALL aces are
welcome on this blog! It doesn’t matter if you’re a hobbyist, a professional, a
dabbler, a student, aspiring or experienced. Your art is important. Your voice
is important.

So please, keep
those interview requests coming 😀 <3

Call for Interviewees

asexualartists:

asexualartists:

Hello
all!

Once
again, I’m low on interviewees. Since I don’t have the time to constantly post
calls every single time I’m running low, I’m hoping to use this post as a kind
of a reminder:

ASEXUAL
ARTISTS IS OPEN FOR INTERVIEWS YEAR-ROUND!

I’m
always looking for artists who are on the spectrum to interview. Any and all
kinds of artists are welcome.

This
is including but not limited to:

WRITERS: all genres and forms are
welcome (novelists, short stories, poetry, flash fiction, etc). It doesn’t
matter if you’re unpublished, just starting out, a student, a hobbyist, or
established. Traditionally published, self-published, small press, etc. You’re
all welcome and you all have something to offer.

VISUAL
ARTISTS:
Self-explanatory,
any kind of visual art you can imagine (photography, painting, sketching,
drawing, sculpture, installation, etc.).

FANARTISTS: Another self-explanatory
category. Cosplay, visual, fanfiction, etc. Whatever you do in your fandom (any
and all fandoms welcome), you’re an artist.

FILMMAKERS: YouTubers, directors,
cinematographers, anything that has to do with making films (short, features,
documentaries, etc).

PERFORMANCE
ARTS:

actors, theater arts, singers, mimes, any sort of performers.

DANCERS: Any kind of dance style you
can imagine is welcome here (ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, burlesque,
belly-dancing, ballroom, etc.)

MUSICIANS: playing instruments,
composing, singing, anything involving music

CULINARY: maybe your medium of choice
is food. If so, you’re welcome here.

CRAFTS: any sort of craft you can
think of (sewing, knitting, crocheting, candle making, jewelry making, etc.)

All
levels of artists are welcome: whether you’re a student or a professional, just
starting out or already established. If you create, you have something to offer
and therefore I want to interview you 🙂

If
you’re still unsure whether or not your art qualifies (there’s a 97.9% chance
it will), and your question isn’t answered in the F.A.Q., please contact me
at laurenjankowski27@gmail.com

If
you want to be interviewed, please email me at the same address
(laurenjankowski27@gmail.com)

This
site continues because I get requests for interviews. If the interviews run
out, this site will remain as a resource 🙂 Updates will continue as long as
there are aces out there willing to be interviewed.

Thank
you, everybody.


Hey everyone! Still open for interviews. And I just
want all you amazing, talented, wonderful artists who have already been
interviewed: you are making such a difference. Giving an interview may seem
like a small thing, perhaps even insignificant, but believe me when I say that so
many aces have found comfort and inspiration in your words. I have received
numerous messages about how much this blog means to people, especially to aces
still coming to terms with their identity. That’s a truly wonderful thing 🙂
So please, keep those interview requests coming!


All ages, races,
religions, genders are welcome. If you’re on the ace spectrum and you create, I
would love to interview you for this blog.

ALL aces are
welcome on this blog! It doesn’t matter if you’re a hobbyist, a professional, a
dabbler, a student, aspiring or experienced. Your art is important. Your voice
is important.

So please, keep
those interview requests coming 😀 <3

Friendly reminder: I don’t respond to interview requests via message, reblog, tags, asks, etc. (sorry, guys. But I get way too many and I get super overwhelmed. It’s just me running this site and I only have so much time).

If you’re interested in being interviewed for this site, please, please, PLEASE! E-mail me: laurenjankowski27@gmail.com

Thank you 🙂

nonbinarychildofapollo: Since people don’t see…

nonbinarychildofapollo:

Since people don’t seem to understand why aces and aros are LGBT+ and not cishet, I made this. The credit in the corner there is my Instagram btw.

Interview: Alex

Today we’re joined by Alex. Alex is a wonderful artist who is a bit of a jack of all trades. He does a lot of visual art, mostly drawing and painting. He also does crafts and enjoys knitting and crochet, particularly long scarves. When he’s not doing crafts or visual art, Alex also makes music and can play the ukulele. It’s clear he’s a passionate artist who enjoys what he does. My thanks to him for taking the time to participate in this interview.

WORK

Please, tell us about
your art.

I use my art to create things I think the world is missing,
whether it’s music, or extra-large scarves, or just a painting.  My art is my outlet, it’s diverse and
powerful (even when it’s just for me) and it enables me to express myself.

What inspires you?

The ability to create, to bring something into this world
that causes emotion.  When I knit or
crochet I am, more often than not, creating a gift to give to someone
else.  When I play my ukulele I hope that
someone listening can feel the emotions of the music.  I am inspired by the ability to make
something that was once missing from the world.

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

I had a friend in elementary school who inspired me to
create comics.  They were just stick
figures, but I had so much fun coming up with jokes and stories, that even when
I stopped creating comics I continued to draw.

At the same time, my family has always been very musical and
so, when my nana let me play her ukulele I decided I wanted have one too.

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?

Ah, no haha, I’m too inconsistent to do something that clever.

What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?

At times it may seem tough, but art is an outlet, it doesn’t
matter if you think it’s good if you enjoy it.
What matters is if you feel good while creating whatever it is you are
making.  Improvement will come with
practice, for now, just enjoy the ride.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum
do you identify?

I identify as asexual and do not use the split attraction
model (SAM).

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

I’m rather isolated, and I do not bring up my asexuality
unless it is with people I trust, so as of current, I have not experienced any
prejudice from my fellow artists.

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

That asexual means you don’t like sex.  Which is false, different people have
different views on sex and just because I experience so sexual attraction does
not mean that I have no libido or interest.
But like I said, it’s different for everyone.

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

If you decide one that that you are not ace, that’s OK.  If you live your whole life never subscribing
to a label, that’s OK.  What matters is
your comfort and that others respect you.
I thought I was a lesbian when I was younger because if I didn’t like
guys I must have to like girls then right? But I allowed myself space to grow
and now I know I am trans and asexual.
There is always room to grow and explore, so don’t feel stuck with one
label.

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

My music is available here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLHiHayKl58aLduLbGJShFw
And my art can be found here: Lukassskywalker.tumblr.com/tagged/my+art
And I have some things posted on RedBubble :D: https://www.redbubble.com/people/slothguard?asc=u.

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