June / Lucy
Updated: May 5
Name: Lucy Allen
Lives in: Chicago, IL
Alma mater: Asbury University in Wilmore, KY
Studied: Theater and Cinema Performance
Takes her coffee: Black (sometimes with French Vanilla creamer)
Works at: I Am Second as Community Relations Coordinator
Responsible for: Social media, customer service, administrative projects. Currently planning involvement with Vans Warped Tour.
SIB: Tell me about balancing a full time job and an acting career?
LA: It's a challenge to have the energy to basically do two jobs, even though currently the acting job doesn't really pay. I have been paid to do it in the past, but I'm starting over because I'm in a new place (Lucy moved from her Texas hometown to Chicago last year), so I'm starting from the ground up building relationships and experience here.
SIB: How do you build those professional relationships?
LA: Networking is completely out of my comfort zone because I'm naturally an introvert. It's something that I've been getting better at it. I've done a couple shows at a theater in the suburbs and just through that I've made some connections. It's all about being kind and a hard worker. As long as you're doing those things, you're going to make a good impression.
When it comes to doing shows, I usually like to do a show gift or write notes to people at the end to be like, “You're amazing, and I'm glad we had a chance to work together.” It's important that people know that they are valued.
SIB: Has the auditioning process better equipped you to deal with rejection?
LA: Rejection is hard. Especially since I've moved, a lot of different fears have surfaced because I've been stripped of my comforts. A lot of fear of failure. I've had to refocus my mind and decide, if I go in and audition, I have succeeded. I've shared my talents, and that's all I can do.
SIB: Which character that you’ve played has taught you the most?
LA: Probably Mary Poppins. I knew I loved [the show], but once I was doing it, it became so evident that I really connected to the role. And I loved the story and what it said about the world and about family. I learned a lot when I did that show. I would do it again in a heartbeat.
SIB: Theater’s cousin, Hollywood, has been under fire lately due to countless stories of harassment and exploitation. In this climate, what do you believe the entertainment industry has to offer?
LA: People relate to stories. They want to hear stories that relate to their personal journey. That is one of the things that makes the entertainment industry so important. It allows, first of all, a platform for people to share a story that means something to them, and then it allows [others] to also experience that story.
The theater community is so beautiful. Sometimes you get your drama queens, but for the most part you have such a supportive and loving group of people that want to create and be a team. Unfortunately, it's also competitive. But generally, you meet a lot of wonderful people. They may not think the same things you do, but there's something beautiful about coming together despite differences to create something. That's really important about what we do as artists.
SIB: Actors might be competitive, but so are ladies! How do you believe those demographics can work towards supporting each other instead of backbiting?
LA: A lot of the jealousy comes from our own insecurities. We have to be in tune with ourselves [to] understand our insecurities and how to approach [them]. [With] each other. I think it's calling out our strengths and looking at each other and saying, “You are really great at this, and that's amazing. And I want to speak that out and encourage you.” It encourages more healthy and genuine relationships. People want to be around people that make them feel good. Who wouldn't want that?
SIB: A professor once encouraged his film students to surround themselves with people who are “better than you.” Thoughts on this?
LA: For a lot of people, when around [others] who are "better than [them]" at a skill, it does push [them] to work harder. For some people, that doesn't work. I think there is truth to it in that you want to be around people who are working hard and working towards excellence.
SIB: I Am Second’s website states its mission as wanting to “make Jesus and his love visible by telling redeemed stories without artifice and without walls.” How does that apply to relationships in your personal life?
LA: I value honesty and vulnerability and the kind of relationships that support each other and allow you to be like, “This is where I'm at.” As far as building relationships, it's been difficult, because It's hard to meet new people. I have gotten involved in a church here and I'm starting to make some of those relationships and learning to be patient with that process.
SIB: What role has your faith played in your journey?
LA: When I was deciding to move to Chicago, I prayed, “God, I'm not growing, and I want that to change.” That prayer has been answered, just not in a way that I wanted. I've been forced into this really intense growing pains season and I'm like, "This isn't fun. Take it back." (laughs)
I've had some really honest moments in my conversations with God, like, "God, I don't like this and I'm kind of mad at You." It's one of the reasons that I'm reading Disappointment With God. Not that things are horrible. It's just been a really difficult transition. I'm trying to stay really honest and allow myself to ask questions, because if God is who He says He is, then He's not going to be afraid of my questions. So I'm trying to take Him at his word.
SIB: In 2016’s smash hit musical La La Land, Emma Stone sings, “Here’s to the ones who dream / Foolish as they may seem.” How do you deal with naysayers?
LA: It's hard for me when people don't quite understand what [acting] looks like, because it isn't always glamorous. But my family has been very supportive of me and they tell me all the time that they're really proud of me for coming [to Chicago]. I've had a really supportive group around me too. Even when I'm having a bad day, my best friend will be like, “Lucy, you are talented, you are beautiful, you are smart,” and help me to push through the insecurity and the rough days.
SIB: Our peers’ motto seems to be #hustle. How do you take time for yourself and rest?
LA: I've always really loved reading, and the invention of Netflix has kind of thwarted that love. But when I do make the intentional choice to read or journal instead, I really get a lot out of that. And sleep.
SIB: Your ideal day off?
LA: Spending time with people that I care about. Walking around the city or staying in playing games. That's really valuable to me.
SIB: You love to cook! What meal do you love to whip up?
LA: I'm really good at making chili. A family friend of ours had this recipe and I've used it ever since. I also really like making Mexican types of dishes as well. Tacos.
SIB: How do you get moving after a long day at your desk?
LA: I've been forcing myself into a habit of working out every weekday. Weekends I can chill. It's nice living in a big city, because you're forced to walk everywhere. It's good for my body, and it's good for me from a mental health perspective too.
SIB: You’ve got a beautiful fair complexion! Summer skin care?
LA: Sunscreen. (laughs) And a hat of some sort. Otherwise I will be a lobster.
SIB: Your hair color is both gorgeous and eye-catching! What other trait of yours do you feel is unique?
LA: I do love my hair. I'm one of those people that will never dye my hair, ever. Ever, ever. Even if they pay me to do a show and want me to dye my hair, I will say "No, put me in a wig."
I really love my eyes. I love my eye color. I have this quirkiness that I've learned to love and embrace. I've also learned to appreciate that I can laugh a lot and get joy out of situations in life.
SIB: What does balance mean to you?
LA: Learning that there are some things where there is not a black and white answer. You have to find that middle ground and that spot in the middle where things complement each other. You have to balance the two.
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