written and published by Angenette // 1
cover by Laura//FoulChild
Have you ever seen someone even if it's just through photos and they just have such a
bright, positive energy? You look through their instagram and you're just like "damn i need
this kind of energy around me", "i need these type of friends", that's the reaction you get
when you meet or even just see ally through social media. She got heart, she got soul and
she got the kind of energy anyone would be greatful to have around them.
First and Foremost i always start off with the main question which is your name, age and where your from
My name, My full name is Allison Franco, but i like to be called Ally and i'm 19 years old. I was born and raised in Queens and now i
currently live in Eatontown, New jersey.
What would you say it is that you do ?, not coming from someone who knows you but asking as a stranger.
I would say i'm more of a, damn that's a hard question i feel like i do a lot of stuff. I'm a learning intellectual right now, i also consider
myself an artist of movement.
I recently seen you getting into rapping, freestyling
Yeah, that's a label that i'm a little hesitant to put on myself. people talk about artists, like are you an artist? do you have anything out?
and i wouldn't specifically call myself an artist but i'm definitely trying to explore that side of myself where i can use my words and kind
of like send a message through them. Like the first thing i wrote i put it out and when i wrote it i just thought about writing something
meaningful that people care about, so i just sat there and came up with something and i got a good reaction from it. That was pretty
And how long have you been writing stuff?
Probably the past 5 months i would say, so i'm like really just getting into it and like exploring different things. I've always been
freestyling with my friends and like just f*cking around, rapping but i actually decided to write something and sit down and think about
what i'm gonna say before just spitting it out.
How long have you been dancing?
Dancing? i would say i've been dancing since i was like really young, I can't even remember my age that's how long i've been dancing. I'm
self taught so i learned how to dance from watching legit videos repeatedly. Americas best dance crew really inspired me and i had a few
friends in the bronx that use to inspire me. That "Get Light" era where everyone was jerking and getting light and stuff, that was me i
was getting down. I never took classes, i always wanted to but finances was a little rough.
Do you remember where your first performance was? first open mic?
My girlfriend's friend's parents own a bar so he started doing this open mic mondays. He basically gave a platform for local and
underground artist to like just go out and do their thing. When i came, like i said the first thing i ever wrote was the first thing i showed
to social media, or performed. Once i did the open mic it was really nerve wrecking at first, i was scared as all hell, i was sh*tting bricks
i'm sorry. Yeah i did it and i got a good response out of it!
And how long ago was this?
This was May. That was my first anything, i don't know what got into me like Shania was doing like a lot of singing there so i was just like
"i wrote this thing i got a good response out of it maybe i could just perform it, ya feels"
And what was the place called?
Solace Bar and Grill open mic mondays in Harlem
Do you have any creatives that inspire you? like you see them doing it and it makes you wanna kick up type sh*t
Thats a good one rn too because i feel like i'm in this headspace where i'm kind of taking everyone around me as like something to learn
from. Definitely Kehlani is like one inspiration because like not a lot of artists like her, the fact that she's just really out there just doing it
by herself and she's legit like the same age as like half of us. She's really just doing it and it just shows that anyone can do it. Like right
now i'm realizing that it doesn't matter how many people are up there and got it right now, even though i'm in this position i can always
get there. I create my own reality, that's how i'm seeing it. So yeah Kehlani is a big one, definitely my girlfriend, she's doing stuff and
singing, she's one of those people who if she puts her mind to it she'll really do it and that's really inspiring. Honestly every friend that i
know, everyone that i know is honestly doing their thing. Moving out of New York i really realized how different people are and how
boxed in they are, how close minded. I really just appreciate and love the crap out of everyone who is doing their thing and going for it, it
just pushes me to keep going and get passed. I mean there's always gonna be haters so i mean it don't matter.
Is there any hobbies or skills you want to try and take on, that you recently might've got into?
Oh h*ll yeah, so much i wanna do. I wanna be able to do everything like it's crazy right now like i said in this interview with the
headspace i'm in i feel like i could really do anything if i put my mind to it so i definitely was trying to go into audio engineering school
actually to learn how to mess with music and have the real specific ear to music that other people don't, how to mix stuff and if i
become beast at that i would definitely dive into that. I'd lowkey become my own dj//producer and everything else you know. Acting is
something i definitely wanna do, i don't know where to start with half of these things. I'm going to start using the internet to advantage
because i really don't. Acting, dancing, f*ck it maybe vocal classes maybe i can learn how to sing i don't know.
You asked me why i chose you and the reason was you always seem to have a smile on your face, what is it that keeps a smileconstantly on your face?
you got some good questions girl! Honestly i just feel like why live life like bitter, i'm not gonna lie i have my down days where i'm like
just in a mood and i don't have a smile on my face but even on those days i still find some way to laugh. I could be mad about one
situation and if i get myself out of that situation or do something small that could lift up my mood to i won't stay stuck with a frown
because who likes frowning. At work that was something mentioned, i look like i have too much fun but it's like why not have fun doing
something. Life is so much more living when you're like doing what you want and not feeling down and depressed about some sh*t just
being happy that i'm able to breath air. Some people are in cells right now can't even see the sun or see their son you know. I'm just
happy i'm not in that position or anywhere bad, I'm Just happy that i'm alive that's what keeps a smile on my face.
How was your experience shooting with Foul Child?
It was really dope and it's crazy because for some reason i've followed this girl on instagram for about 4 years now literally when we all
met, Like i've been been following Laura like before she was Foul Child. We always made plans to meet and shit but like we never did, So
the fact this came together and like everything happening. I always believe everything happens for a reason so the fact you approached
me about the interview and everyone kind of connected. It was cool that i got to go out and shoot with her it was really good, i felt
comfortable you know we were just shooting, i smoked a bit so i felt pretty chill. And she's dope! she got a lot of good flicks i kind of got
put on the spot to dance but it's okay. I went into this not knowing what was gonna happen i didn't know if i was gonna sit down and be
recorded and interviewed or dance or rap, i didn't know what the hell i was coming into but she caught a good video of me dancing, that
was really cool. I never did any of that, i never shot, i never recorded a video of me dancing, that fact that i got to do that because
modeling is something else i want to do. The fact i was able to just get in front of a camera and just kind of just have all the focus on me
for a little bit, it was cool!
Is there anything this summer that you wanna really work towards, things you really want to put your mind to? What do you want from Summer 17?
I definetly one thing, i'm trying to get my car and my license and my money up so that i could take dances, i wanna master the craft and
learn from others. I want to write more, definitely wanna see if i can bang out like two or three songs and record them and really make it
If i had to ask you off the dome for someone you'd want to see me interview who would you give me?
My homegirl sabrina she's actually an artist herself i'm going to her art show tonight. Her instagram is @a1art_, she's a good soul.
Do you feel like the youth as a whole is doing their part in the community now?
i feel like we are reaching that point, that a lot of people are getting there now and this is like the "woke" era i feel like. i feel like
everyones starting to realize the real life sh*t going on around them and are taking a stand. Everyones starting to realize they all just
have to come together and become something way bigger. I feel like we definitely are, there a lot of people i know and have been
surrounded by, yeah!
If you had to give a word of advice to the youth thats going through their harder days right now what would it be?
i would say that just remember everything bad in life isn't permanent as bad as that sounds it's true. You plant a rose it's only gonna live
for so long. Don't hold onto the sorrow and the bad the longer you hold onto it, the longer it stays. Just remember that the sun always
comes up, i'm using mad cliches but it's true. Life's going to be okay, you create your own reality if you're upset you're gonna stay
focused on being upset if you're going to get out of that you'll focus on getting out of that. You can make anything happen for yourself.
Don't think about things, just do them. That's how i'm feelings right now!
If you had to tell me the most important thing for you to gain from the rest of this year, what is the one thing you really seek out to achieve from 2017?
To be completely grounded with myself, sometimes it's easier to get lost, like practice something and fall off but i want to be able to
condition myself to just not let things affect me, to just constantly live with compassion. Literally, i want to ground myself, i want to
know exactly what i'm doing, complete plan with no hesitation or second thoughts i just want to be completely grounded all around.
Make sure i have all the right people around me and that i actually have a plan, and i'm doing it. I'm really disorganized so i really want to
get my shit forward and just like get organized, be focused, have that tunnel vision and do what i gotta do.
Do you feel like you're on that path already? Are you confident that you're doing what you're doing at your full potential right now?
I'm gonna be honest not at my full potential because i know i can do so much more but there's still obstacles i'm going
over but generally everyday in life i feel like everything's slowly coming together and i'm just seeing things and like i said i'm learning
from them. I look at things differently than what i would've two months ago so yeah i'm definitely on track. I was stuck on partying and
drinking now i feel like what's the point of all that, rather than try to build myself from the inside.
Any spots you'd want to suggest for open mics or maybe places creatives might want to check out?
H*ll yeah i'm at one right now, Definitely in the Long Branch Area, Monmouth Beach if anyone goes to Jersey but the inkwell is a dope
chill coffee house that like mad hipsters go to and the food is bangin! slammin! its affordable! I think this is my only hangout spot! oh my
god OOU, Insomnia Cookies! It's in New York though, i don't remember where it's at i think on 14th st! But that's a good spot they're
open till 3 in the morning.
We're gonna wrap this up, Any last words, Anything you might want to say?
I want to say thank you localhoodmom, wait can i call you Nettie on this interview? I just want to say thank you Nettie for approaching
me with all this and really giving me the opportunity to share about who i am, i feel like i've been in the shadows for awhile, so it was
pretty cool to get out there. You helped me with my first shoot and first dance exposure on the spot so that was cool.And for everyone
else just support, support everyone if we all come up together it's way better than doing things by yourself. You don't HAVE to do things
by yourself you know, you're not alone in this world everyone's going through their own thing and it would be great for everyone to just
come together and support each other.