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Daily Inspiration: Meet Ally Baker

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ally Baker.

Hi Ally, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
In college, I started writing sketch comedy and comedic essays. I didn’t know how to break into the writing world, so instead, I broke into the business by getting a job at Third Coast Comedy Club in Nashville. While working in their marketing department I met other creatives who helped me get my own stuff made. At Third Coast, I began performing in improv and sketch shows which eventually led to writing my own shows including Riley: A Sketch Revue in 2019.

When live theater shut down in March 2020 due to COVID-19, I switched my focus to producing online content. I wrote more essays for my blog, Hot and Professional, and releasing sketch videos on Youtube with my sketch team. I’ve found that I enjoy putting out video sketches even more than performing live. Now, I try to release a video on Youtube at least every couple of months.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I’m privileged to be a part of an incredibly supportive sketch group along with the comedy community I have over at Third Coast. Because I have so many people in my corner, my biggest obstacle is my own insecurities.

For a long time, I let self-doubt prevent me from finishing projects, much less sharing them with the world. I didn’t want to put anything out that was less than perfect which would incapacitate my creative process. With the help from great teams, I’ve had the encouragement to put my stuff out there, but I’m still bombarded with doubt before I release anything. However, the love of creating and holding my finished projects help me get through it.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I’d say, I’m a writer first and a performer second. Soon after I started to write sketches I learned that it can be difficult to find people who will play ridiculous characters for minuscule budgets so I stepped into the actor role as well. I love to perform but my passion is on the production side.

How do you think about happiness?
The first thing that comes to mind is my newly adopted cat, Hemingway who is spending his second half of life with me. Tending my garden and watching my plants grow also brings me a lot of joy and peace.

And of course, creating makes me happiest. One of the few things that can ease my anxiety is getting lost in writing. When I’m in the creative zone everything that isn’t the work in front of me disappears which can be super therapeutic for someone who is a giant ball of nerves most of the time. The best feeling is when the work is over and I’m able to look at the tangible product that was once just my abstract thoughts.

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