Allison Wottawa is exactly the kind of person you want telling you about interesting places and the histories and stories that made them that way. She's energetic, smart, and glows on camera. As you'll read in our interview below and see in the below videos, Allison is the creator and host of an online travel series called Ally Quest.
Her show, which is produced to accommodate a future on television but is broken into easily digestible YouTube segments, is described on her website as "the ultimate show for anyone who has ever wanted to travel in time." Which is, for me at least, the ultimate dream. (And probably why I enjoy watching her show so much.)
I had a chance to talk with Allison about her background, her inspiration, and where the show is headed. And judging by her groundedness, passion, and quality of product, it's easy to see that Allison's star is on its way up.
Tell me a little about your background leading up to this series.
My college adviser said to me, "Allison, do you know the secret of happiness?" Of course, I didn't.
"The secret of happiness," he continued, " is doing what you love and getting someone to pay you for it." This is how I live my life.
I've been an actor and a producer for as long as I can remember, starting in theatre when I was six, coupled with a tremendous fascination for history. History is, after all, a story that examines who we are, where we came from, how we got here.
I graduated from The George Washington University with a major in Political Communications and minors in Theatre and History, then followed my passion across the Atlantic and attended graduate school at Drama Studio London, receiving the English equivalent of an MFA.
What inspired you to create this series?
After graduation, I promptly moved to Los Angeles to pursue my career in acting. Los Angeles is a great city with so much opportunity and fabulous weather. But I felt that something was lacking. I wasn't feeling the "passion" and my career seemed somewhat empty. I couldn't figure out how my career in acting was helping anyone.
I thought of my college adviser. What do I love? Easy. Travel, history, communicating to an audience. That's when Ally Quest was born.
I know this sounds cliche, but I have always wanted to make a difference in a positive way. Of course, I am also completely selfish and want to travel the world. I have a yearning to learn as much as I can about places and the people that live there. My natural gift is communication.
So, traveling the world while researching a point in history, and relaying that information through the lens of the camera -- well, that's just me. If I can do anything in the world, I'm going to do that! My Mom always said, "You can do anything you put your mind to." And I believe her. ... Read More →