Shannon Allen


Shannon Allen is a blues/rock singer, songwriter, SAG-AFTRA/AEA actor living in NYC. She has Journalism certificate from the Univ. of Cincinnati and a BA in Music Business from Berklee College of Music.

Remembering My Mother: Her Love, Her Struggle And Her Legacy

By Shannon Allen
My mother passed away on May 5, 2011, exactly three months after her 54th birthday.  I was 24 years old. My mother's name was Rosemary, but all her close friends and family, including my brother and I, called her Ro. Even to this day, four years…

Free Spirit For Life: 7 Struggles Of Being A Free-Spirited Woman

By Shannon Allen
I’m often labeled as a “free spirit.” At first, I wasn’t sure what this label was supposed to mean. It seemed like such a trivial way to categorize such complex beings. I’ve always just been who I am. But some introspecting, I realized I may have…

15 Realities Of Being A Hot Mess And Loving It

By Shannon Allen
The Mess: We all have at least one in our friend group. This person often gets a bad rap for being sloppy, reckless, emotional and even maniacal at times.But, The Mess is also down for anything. The Mess is spontaneous, resourceful, open-minded,…

5 Reasons Why Joan Harris Of 'Mad Men' Is Our Favorite Bad B*tch

By Shannon Allen
(Warning: This article contains spoilers of Episode 708, 'Severance.') The final season return of "Mad Men" aired this past Sunday, and already, we’re reminded of why our favorite partner of Sterling Cooper & Partners is the baddest bitch in…

5 Reasons It's Worth It To Stay In Touch With Long-Distance Friends

By Shannon Allen
I have been fortunate to come across some pretty spectacular friends. However, in my 27 years of existence, I’ve lived in Cleveland, Cincinnati, Boston and, now, New York City. In each of these cities, I had a core group of friends, and many times,…

The Life Of A Struggling Artist: It's Tough, But Never Regretful

By Shannon Allen
I’m not exactly sure when I decided I wanted to be a performer. Perhaps, it was after all the adolescent hours I spent carrying around my hand-held tape recorder, singing Raffi tunes. Or, maybe, it was my first moment on stage, in first grade,…