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Art & Life with Caitlyn Allen

Today we’d like to introduce you to Caitlyn Allen.

Caitlyn, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I grew up in a small town in northern Michigan. I was raised by a single mother who I look up to in every aspect.

Growing up, I knew that I did not belong in the small town I was growing up in. I questioned everything, and that was not a “normal” thing to do. At 15 years old, I ran two counties in the Obama campaign. At 17 I moved to another school district to have better opportunities. To say I was independent was an understatement. I knew that I needed to be “more,” to get out of what I grew up in poverty.

After graduating high school, I was super excited for college. I was headed to a private liberal arts school that I was so proud of. Throughout college, I was involved in many extracurricular activities all the while working 40 hour work weeks to pay for everything. I absolutely love learning! I graduated with a bachelor of arts in Sociology/Anthropology and Environmental Studies and a concentration in Public Policy from the Gerald R. Ford Institute at Albion College.

Once graduation was on my radar, I knew I wanted to move, to leave Michigan and do work that actually mattered. I decided to do AmeriCorps VISTA. (domestic PeaceCorps). I moved from Michigan to southern Arizona (Ajo) by myself in my small Chevy Tracker.

I served two AmeriCorps VISTA terms at a tri-cultural nonprofit in Ajo, Arizona called the International Sonoran Desert Alliance. There I worked on marketing and outreach, but the joy of AmeriCorps is you get roped into so many projects that you gain knowledge in so many areas.

After a year and a half of AmeriCorps VISTA, I knew that a third year was out of the question. I wanted to move on to something new, and that is when I began my own business. I started my own LLC and began helping creative entrepreneurs and small business owners with social media management and small assistant tasks. Once I ended my AmeriCorps VISTA term, I jumped head first into my own business and haven’t looked back.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
My art is organization + photography + Website Design.

Organization: My business is here to help creatives and entrepreneurs be organized with their business, so it takes the stress out of it, so they can focus on doing what they love.

Photography: My passion is photography. I love being able to take an image that can spark joy for someone, the same way that it can for me.

Website Design: Websites are a great way for me to use my creativity and organization to help create tangible results for my clients.

How do you think about success, as an artist, and what do quality do you feel is most helpful?
Success to me is hitting my goals and re-writing my goals. It is knowing that I can buy groceries and not be focused on spending my last $10, It is the feeling of knowing that where I am now, makes me proud.

The qualities and characteristic I feel are essential to success as an artist is flexibility and perseverance.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
People can find my work at www.caitlynallen.com

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Image Credit:
Headshot: Jana Bishop // https://janabishop.com

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