Today we’d like to introduce you to Allison Sabrie Dozet.
Allison Sabrie, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I claim the title “Interdisciplinary Creative” as a descriptor meant to be self-explanatory and ultimately self-empowering. I’m an illustrator and designer. I’m a musician. I run a photo-editing business for wedding and lifestyle photographers. I work and play in varied mediums, holding space for intermingled creative expression and output. Claiming the interdisciplinary title is a victory prompted by a wild little ride through academia, one unfulfilling job after another, desperation to make “good art”, and a final resolution to stay alive and happy in this big ol’ complex world. I’m a human, full of creative energy, who has finally learned to channel it efficiently and powerfully.
Has it been a smooth road?
With a mixed bag in academic education – graphic design studies, fine art, business management, religion, and psychology – I tackled the job market post-college like a speed dating session. Chef’s assistant, wedding photographer, photo editor, designer, nanny, art teacher, retail manager, Etsy seller, non-profit coordinator – I was eager and available. I became the “yes” queen, piling on opportunities and finding ways to keep full-time day jobs while working freelance gigs till midnight. I was your “Girl Friday”, Jill-of-all-trades, and ultimately an average burnt out millennial with a plastered smile on her face.
The career speed dating came to a hard stop in the spring of last year. I was working a full-time corporate gig, photo editing in the evenings, selling mediocre art on Etsy, and ultimately drinking or sleeping away my growing anxiety and depression in any “free time” I had. I had a little panel of specialists I met with on a weekly basis – ft. therapist, acupuncturist, trainer, dietician – to mediate the helplessness I felt.
It was feedback from the therapist that triggered the hard stop. I mentioned to her that I’d originally exited undergrad with the ultimate career goal of being an art therapist. “In the meantime, I’m paying off student loan debt, gaining life experience, etc.” She helped me gather vital perspective, saying something along the lines of: “But you’re unhappy. You’re preparing for your future financially, but not emotionally. How do you expect to listen to and help others if you’re not willing to help yourself?” I was offered a promotion and a substantial raise the following week at my full-time job. I quit the next day. There had to be a better way.
The biggest difference between where I’ve been and where I am today? My “Yes” is guarded. I am exclusively working on projects I enjoy and learning to feel guilt-free saying “No” to jobs that don’t forward my learning or creative fulfillment. To young women starting their life’s work: I advise skipping the speed dating roulette. Partner up with job opportunities that feel mutually beneficial. Develop business relationships that truly benefit your growth and productivity. Look for jobs or create a job that grants mutually respecting relationships and opportunities for mentorship from other badass females/human beings.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into Allison Sabrie story. Tell us more about the business.
I couldn’t be more grateful to be alive and creating today – there are so many good things happening! As an illustrator and designer, I generate custom work for individual homes and provide creative direction and content creation for small businesses and brands. I post ink-brushed words and minimalistic urban botanicals on Instagram daily as a means of self-therapy and community connection. This year, I’m focusing on expanding my illustration work to hand-painted murals and more community-oriented opportunities in Los Angeles.
In tandem, I’ve grown my freelance photo editing business into a steady clientele pool filled with good humans who I feel lucky to be working with. Self-managed remote work lends to ideal scheduling flexibility and grants me more consistent chances to travel and say yes to short-notice creative opportunities.
Last, but not least, I direct any extra creative energy to my electronic music project, Sabrie. I released four indie-pop anthems last year and am currently writing an EP project to begin performing by the end of 2019. Stay tuned!
Having that guarded “yes” means I get to show up with my whole self when I do take on a project or collaboration. I revel in creative problem-solving with clients, consistently leveraging past experiences to meet objectives and think outside the box. I am a champion of deadlines – because I’m not burnt out! I’m an efficient communicator – because I empathize with many dynamics of the collaboration process. I’m good at what I do – because I match diverse experience with honed skillsets. I am an advocate of projects that elevate our humanity, achieve positive community impact, and ensure fulfillment for all parties involved. Let’s make art together!
Looking back on your childhood, what experiences do you feel played an important role in shaping the person you grew up to be?
My parents slayed in the play department. As a child, it felt like there were infinite avenues to outlet my creative energy. Whether with wooden block shapes, mud, sandboxes, or hand-rigged backyard zip-lines, tactile play was heavily encouraged over screen time. Although I currently spend many of my creative hours in front of the digital glow, I start most projects with ink and paper or brainstorming on a power walk through Hollywood. I believe play is a vital part of the creation process (yes, as an adult!) and allows us to forgive mistakes along the road of productivity and success.
- Custom Illustration Work | Starts at $100/per project and scales dependent on scope and direction
- Mural Work | Projects priced per square foot
- Photo Editing | Packages between $300-600 with custom options
- Music | Please listen on Spotify or Apple Music so I can gather up those lil dollars and cents 😉
- Website: allisonsabrie.com, sabriemusic.com, & allisonsabriephoto.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @allisonsabrie & @sabriemusic