A little about me…
I always knew that I wanted to work in film.
Well maybe since I was like 5 years old-ish when I saw Fantasia I think it was at the local legion one day. I was hooked. I wanted to work at Disneyworld…I was captivated by the Academy Awards each year. I took Film Studies in University and then went to Film School and hustled hard after that to land a job which I eventually did. And I pretty much did the same thing for almost 25 years. My IMDB profile says it all.
I loved it at first, I mean it was what I always dreamed of doing, but after a while (not that long actually) I became disenchanted with it. I resented the long hours and the stress but I kept doing it because I was good at it. But as the wisdom goes: just because your’e good at something doesn’t mean you should keep doing it.
2020 was a “stick in the spokes” moment for me and after much deliberation I eventually decided to not go back to the job I was so familiar with and instead to follow my dream of writing. Because back in film school I was writing and I was encouraged to do it but at the time I just didn’t feel like I had anything to say.
Now I do.
And when I think back over the years and wonder what it was that drew me to filmmaking it was really storytelling that captivated me. Not so much film per se.
So I’m taking a chance on me. Seeing what stories want me to be their teller. But I’m also open to other things I can’t anticipate and didn’t see coming. Like a podcast.
Other random facts about me?
My nickname is Aliholly. I’m a hugger of trees. I take things to the gutter. A lot. And I have a serious soft spot for anything from the 80’s.
A little about this website and my why…
It all started with wondercraver.com.
My original vision for the site was for it to be my place where I wondered what the heck this life is all about. Where I stoked a state of wonder, in awe of it all. No subject was too woo woo or too complicated – I was open to exploring topics ranging from fairies to quantum physics. But mostly I ended up sharing personal experiences and it didn’t feel urgent in any way.
Then a global pandemic happened and a new vision for Wonder Craver emerged. It transitioned from me wanting to talk about things like my midlife crisis to our global crisis. I shared new perspectives on reality that I found fascinating and the work of people that have inspired me over the years
Then wondercraver.com evolved into alisonholly.com. A site that will be able to be a home to all the work I’ve done and all the work I will feel called to do. This includes Wonder Craver/The Blog, The Awakenizer Podcast, books I’ve written like Spark, and more that I don’t even know about yet.
No matter what I offer though the inspiration for it all remains the same…that there’s more to life than meets the eye.