For the month of December, I’ll be shining light each day on some extraordinary women I know. They represent various fields and backgrounds, and I admire each for their passion and strength. These are bold, beautiful, brave women — artists, businesswomen, union organizers, nurses, writers, teachers, movie makers, designers, reporters, and all-around badasses.
Alison Peck is a screenwriter who earned a BFA with honors from the University of Southern California’s John Wells Division of Writing for Screen and Television. Her first produced feature film UGLYDOLLS, starring the voice talent of Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas, Janelle Monáe, was released in 2019. Her next film, the teen dance comedy WORK IT, produced by Alloy Entertainment and Alicia Keys, will be released on Netflix. Born in New York and raised in Houston, TX, Alison lives in Los Angeles with her husband and toddler, where she enjoys yoga, watching TV, and spending every weekend attending approximately one million kids’ birthday parties.
1. What did you want to be “when you grew up?” I wanted to be a lot of different things as I was growing up, but I think for a long time I especially wanted to become an archaeologist or paleontologist. I loved science and history and dreamed of digging up ancient artifacts. At some point, I moved on to screenwriting, but I try to apply my more scientific side to a lot of the characters I write.
2. What makes you the most proud of yourself? I’m most proud of my ability to not give up. As I struggled in my career, there were so many moments where I wanted to quit—constant rejection is demoralizing. But, when I sat back and really thought about what else I would do with my life, I realized the thing I loved most was writing. I had no choice but to continue, to push myself, and to persevere. I’m so glad I did.
3. What darkness have you overcome? How did you find strength? My family and friends have always been my strength during times of turmoil. I believe that life setbacks give us the opportunity to grow, to realize our potential, and to rise to the occasion to help others. It’s nearly impossible to remember that during these challenges, of course, and it can come off as empty platitudes when you’re really struggling in times of darkness. But looking back, it’s something I always tell myself to keep in mind for future challenges.
4. Where will we find you on a Saturday morning at 10 a.m.? In a dream world, I’d be sleeping at 10 a.m. on a Saturday morning. In the real world, I’m probably trying to get my 3-year-old son out the door for whatever activity we have for the day!
5. What makes you smile the most? My son running up to me and giving me a big hug always makes me smile. And I’m pretending that this hugging trend is going to continue, even when he’s a teenager.
Bonus: What advice would you give your younger self? I’d tell my younger self to hang in there—it’s all going to work out. And, to stop spending so much time agonizing over emails. No one cares about that stuff as much as you do!
Today’s #OneGoodThing is sharing this extraordinary woman, Alison Peck, with all of you! We are stronger together, so let’s shine a light on our extraordinary sisters! If you’d like to participate or nominate a woman to participate, please send me a note or leave a comment! What was your #OneGoodThing today? Please share in the comments! Kindness is Everything.
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