Today we’d like to introduce you to J.J. Allen.
Hi J.J., thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Hiiiii. I’m a new Baltimore transplant. Silly, passionate, and driven. Heavy on the silly though. Long story short, I’m a passionate man driven by art, creativity, and spirituality. And I use every opportunity to blend them all.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Gosh no. But I think any other way would be too easy. Being young, religious, and creative have often all warred with each other. But to me, it didn’t have to. I was thirteen when I wrote my first book.
No one would really help because they said I was too young and needed to focus on school. YouTube and social media hacks weren’t quite the things yet, so I had to learn the hard way. I’d study books, sizes, fonts, and binding to create my own. But I never settled for anything less than top-tier quality, so I could prove equal.
The comparison was a big battle I struggled with. I watched popular people seemingly get things easy, yet for me… I had to make my voice be heard, by consistently showing up and being the best version of myself… all while trying to find myself.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I’m a storyteller. I don’t like boxes. I do my best to convey my art in every way possible.
I’m an author of (to date) 12 books. I’m the leader of a dope new spiritual community in the city. (Come check us out.) I’m a relationship blogger. I’m a relationship expert with relationships that never work out. Go figure. I’m an indie filmmaker and screenwriter.
I’m no Shonda Rhimes yet but hope to be on my way one day. I really do it all, podcasting, and hope to start smashing TikTok, one my son can teach me how to use properly.
What was your favorite childhood memory?
Having no bills. I joke. I kid. but so serious.
I think the moments where I got to be a kid. I did so much to try to be an overachiever and prove myself to be mature to everyone around me for acceptance and praise that it killed the kid in me pretty early.
Looking back, the moments, I just sat around playing the game or being in the park, have become priceless for me.
- Website: ourstoryourway.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/iamjjallen/
- Facebook: https://facebook.com/jjallenonline
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/jjallenonline
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