We had the good fortune of connecting with Abigail Allwein and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Abigail, putting aside the decision to work for yourself, what other decisions were critical to your success?
For me, deciding to stay true to my instincts has been the biggest contribution to my success. Tossing aside any notion of what the world perceives as success, and working hard every day to build a body of work on my own timeline has been pivotal for me. When people view my work history they are always impressed, but I didn’t take traditional paths to get there. People doubted me every step of the way, but I persisted. Only you know what’s best for you and your brand, and that journey might look very different for you than others. Embrace this. It will take you to the right place.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am an Actor/Singer/Musician as well as a Maker/DIY Enthusiast. I enjoy creativity in every area of my life. Whether I’m composing for a show at the Old Globe, or installing tile for a client in between Theatrical shows, I am at my best when I am creating. All of my work, no matter how varied, has contributed to where I am today. Working in an artistic industry is never easy. It requires relentless job searching, and an eagerness to continue in the face of constant defeat. During the Pandemic art has never been more scarce. With live events shut down across the country, artists are facing the reality of creating entirely new careers to sustain themselves until we can perform again. Make no mistake, art will not die. Artists always persist. It is who we are. Beautiful things will come on the other side of this devastating situation.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
A week of my favorite activities in San Diego would include the following: Clayton’s Burrito’s on Coronado and the Dog Beach. Happy Hour Drink at the Hotel Del. Hike at Torrey Pines & visit to the Gliderport. Walk through Farmer’s Market in Little Italy and grabbing a Lobster Roll at Ironside. Fancy Dinner at Born and Raised. Hiking Cowles Mountain. Vespa riding up to Mount Helix Park Karina’s Ceviche Takeout and a Drive in Concert at Del Mar Fairgrounds North Park Adventure: Vintage Shops, Antiques, Pigment, Matcha or Dark Horse Coffee. Yoga outside in Waterfront Park with CorePower Yoga. Long Walk at Lake Murray.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My mother. She exhibited a relentless work ethic, and persistence that I carry with me today.
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