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Meet Allison Piccioni

Today we’d like to introduce you to Allison Piccioni.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Born in Chardon Ohio, I grew up playing piano for a local churches, musicals, and show choirs. In high school, I was painting large murals for state parks and beginning my lifelong adventure as a Renaissance woman (ha! this just means starving artist!). I studied my undergraduate in film scoring at the prestigious Berklee College of Music (Boston) and went on to earn a Masters of Music at the Royal College of Music (London). I have been a full-time film composer, arranger, orchestrator, and stage performer in Los Angeles for over five years, and gig with almost a dozen live bands regularly.

I am currently in the studio recording an album for a revolutionary, insanely talented band called Fraker, fronted by Creighton Fraker of American Idol. Watch out for this one, we’ll be flooding your eardrums very soon 🙂

I also just finished scoring a groundbreaking documentary fronted by Geena Davis (Thelma & Louise) with my co-writer Leigh Roberts on gender inequality in Hollywood called “This Changes Everything”.

I teach students of all ages, all over the world, as a Professor of Composition and Orchestration for Thinkspace Education in their master’s program.

I continue my artwork through my Etsy shop, creating custom multimedia paintings!

I am proud to be a Burl Audio Featured Artist (and the only female!) amongst some of the most legendary music producers and musicians of all time – https://burlaudio.com/artists.

I am also endorsed by the gorgeous saxophone straps designed by Virgina Castro, the creator and founder of Get’m Get’m Accessories. If you think you haven’t heard of them before, you have – she’s done the guitar and band accessories for everyone from Prince to Bruno Mars! https://www.getmgetm.com

I am the songwriter, composer, and narrating voice of an amazing children’s game called Square Panda to help kids learn to read and spell.

I recently got engaged on a rock formation overhanging Yosemite Valley atop Glacier Point!!! Technically, my fiancé Mike Clairmont and I went to college at Berklee together and lived just blocks from each other… but never knew each other in college…and ended up meeting in Santa Barbara on a gig! We continue to play and record music together and we have a passion for travel – we run 3 Airbnb‘s in Venice Beach together – and we just came back from playing in the orchestra pit for a 3-month-long National tour of the Broadway Musical, “Evita” together! Aside from being full-time musicians, we travel, surf, and explore the wonders of the world together.

Occasionally I do commercial and print work as a musician/model for companies like Guitar Center and Musician’s Friend!

RAW Artists Cleveland Musician of the Year in 2012.

Other film works not mentioned can be found on IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm4422825/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I was a gymnast and national champion cheerleader for four years, but my senior year of high school I cracked three of the vertebrae in my neck at a competition. Thankful to be fully functioning now, I had to change my career plans at 17 which is how I ended up going for what my passion truly was – music. I auditioned for Berklee in a neck brace… and moved to Boston to start a career that I’d always truly wanted.

I didn’t grow up wealthy, so I still struggle with student debt and holding my head above water financially, despite my excellent education and great career here in LA. But Mama always taught me that something worth fighting for is worthwhile! My mom is my best friend, my confidant, and my partner in crime and I surely wouldn’t be where I am if she hadn’t done a little butt-kicking to get my angsty teenage attitude geared towards my career!

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am a film composer, orchestrator, arranger, studio recording musician, and stage performer for over a dozen bands and companies across LA. When I get stuck inside a dark studio for too long, I get out and perform live as an entertainer and when I get tired of putting on a show, I kick back at home and paint to relieve the stress. I am a multi-instrumentalist, most often for live performances, I am rocking out a few keyboards and synthesizers while singing, but I also play saxophone, clarinet, guitar, and electric bass.

I consider myself an empowered woman who is strong, independent and grounded while still being adventure-seeking and spontaneous. I may only be 5’1″ but I have a BIG personality! I never know where I’ll be traveling to within the next month, so I have to say that I’m never bored!

I think I’m most recognized for my quirky spirit, stage presence, and bright blonde and blue hair! I like to make a statement and am unafraid to take on a challenge.

Music is what I live for, whatever form of it that I’m currently working in. My zeal for creativity and original content will never fade, and I hope to leave behind me a legacy that spans even further than the music, film and art industries.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
My proudest (and most recent!) accomplishment is having finished the music score with my co-writer of five years, Leigh Roberts, for a groundbreaking documentary on gender inequality in Hollywood called “This Changes Everything”, sponsored by the empowering jewelry company David Yurman. It highlights the triumphs – amidst many setbacks – that major female influencers and talent have dealt with through the years, and I can add a novel of my own experiences to this tale of truth as well.

In this timely follow-up to his documentary Casting By, director Tom Donahue explores the insidious and systemic sexism in Hollywood through the voices of marquee celebrities, including Geena Davis, Meryl Streep, Sandra Oh, Jessica Chastain, and many other ambassadors of the #TimesUp movement.

The film will be in over 1000 US theaters this coming July 2019, and above all, we hope to inspire women, empower children, and encourage men to help put an end to misogyny.

I am also INCREDIBLY excited to announce that my original Jim Morrison and Venice-inspired artwork is being sold at Trio Jewelry and Accessories right on Venice Boardwalk! Be sure to check them out and follow them on Instagram at @trio_jewelry!

I will have some major announcements to share within the next few months as well. It’s been an exciting year so far!

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Image Credit:
Main photo – Jeff Forney; Kelli Hayden, Piero F Giunti, Becca Johnson

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