Alyson-Stoner.us's Christmas Project for Alyson Stoner
Alyson-Stoner.us is having their second annual Christmas Project for Alyson! Last years video was such a huge success! Let’s make this years BIGGER and BETTER than ever! Check out all the details below!
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This is Me: Alyson Stoner! Interview with Zooey Magazine
Alyson Stoner was labeled a triple threat all her life. She captivated audiences everywhere after appearing in three of Missy Elliot’s music videos and also Eminem’s video for “Just Lose It.” Alyson later became even more recognizable for her Disney Channel segment “Mike’s Super Short Show,” while simultaneously appearing in feature films like “Cheaper by the Dozen” alongside Steve Martin, Hilary Duff, and Twilight’s Taylor Lautner. Despite appealing to Disney audiences, Alyson also happens to capture older audiences through “Step Up,” “Step Up 3-D”, and the upcoming “Step Up 5.”
The now 20-year-old talent also sets time aside for college as well, taking online classes as a neuroscience major (going into astronomy). She continues to inspire her fans through her online blog, where she preaches the importance of education and self-expression (cue applause!). Alyson’s accomplishments sure has us motivated!
You’ve acted in several big films and TV shows, and have even put out some records. But what a lot of people remember you as a dancer, too. What is it about dance that has made you stick with it for so many years? How did dancing unfold into an acting career?
For the first 15 years, it was the combination of my insecurity (always perceiving those around me to have insider information about dance and movement) and my early formed work ethic (strict discipline and daily Training with no option of quitting) that kept me in class. Recently, I saw the rigidity and restriction of my own method, so I stopped learning choreography and undertook free styling, learning from street dancers with raw passion. It’s as though I’ve fallen in love with dance all over again, and this time I can love it back.
The public saw me dance first and act second, so they assume one evolved into the other professionally. Actually, dance was a small town hobby. It was when I pursued other forms of art and performance that we saw fit to try out the industry. Once in Los Angeles, there was no controlling what jobs I booked or how popular each would be. A lot of people don’t realize how little the performer himself can plan.
A lot of your fellow former child actors, like Dylan and Cole Sprouse (stars of The Suite Life of Zack & Cody), decided to put a pause on their acting careers to live very normal lives. (Ex: Dylan working as a waiter in New York for the experience, and both brothers simply going to school). What inspires you to continue working in Hollywood?
Simply put, I’m not finished yet! I have unmet goals. I’m inspired daily. I learn about humanity and travel because of my work. I want to be clear, though: I, too, lead a normal life and attend school. Acting, like serving, is just my job.
You’re releasing some new music. Your upcoming single, Dragon (That’s What You Wanted), sounds a lot different from your prior music. What inspired the new sound? We remember you blogging about how you love the sounds of people like Colbie Caillat. Dragon seems very different? Almost Janet Jackson like!
A: My love for Colbie, Corinne, and Sade hasn’t simmered. I avoided dance pop prior because I was disappointed in the sameness of everyone’s sound. Then I was reminded of Janet; suddenly, the lane was open for reinventing quality dance music.
Are there any musical artists that have particularly influenced your new style? Is there a certain career you want to emulate?
A: I’ll continue to study music from all genres and eras. I particularly admire Janet’s production circa early 2000s, and Justin Timberlake’s versatility on stage.
The music video for Dragon features a lot of choreography (of course!). A lot of the dance sequences were very Janet Jackson-esque. What do you consider when deciding what routines to use for a music video?
A: As my choreographer and dance mentor ShoTyme taught me, the first instructor is the music itself. Only after you follow the song’s lead should you add your unique flare.
Your blog features a lot of positive and inspirational posts. Why is it important to you to pass on good messages to your fans? What do you do to stay positive in a highly critical world-like Hollywood?
A: If a quote, article or story provokes life-giving thought and propels me in a positive direction, I want nothing more than to share it with anyone who’ll listen or benefit. Age-old truths exist for a reason. We have to learn from our elders and the brilliant minds before us.
You’re going to school right now to study neuroscience (and onto astronomy!) while acting, singing, and dancing. How do you maintain balance?
A: Haha. I didn’t know about balance until I crashed! Now I prioritize basic nutrition, fitness, and rest. Additionally, it’s imperative to keep a sound mind and perspective on what matters. Family and friends have never been treasured so much in my life.
We remember you growing up to the waves of the Internet, Myspace, blogging, and then Youtube. It was just a few years ago when fans remember seeing photos of you with friends like Taylor Lautner. It’s amazing how times have changed. How do you think social media, if at all, helped your career and helped you connect with fans?
A: I avoided social media as much as possible because I wasn’t sure how to be myself and connect with people without worrying about their perception, knowing how to maintain privacy, and other risks. I also didn’t feel right connecting with fans for the selfish sake of getting them to buy and watch my work. So now I try and connect as a human, not entertainer, first. I also allow myself to have and reciprocate support. My fans are members of my team, and I’m on their teams.
You’re in Step Up 5. What can we expect (if you’re able to share) from your character and her relationship to Adam Sevani’s character?
A: People change and grow. Expect a different side of Camille at the forefront of her relationship to/with Moose.
We did a fun photo shoot with you on Monday. The style of the shoot was 50s-esque. What is your own personal fashion style? Are you one to do random shopping sprees? Who are your favorite designers, or what are your favorite stores?
A: I confess: 85% of my wardrobe consists of hand-me-downs, clothes from character wardrobes, and birthday gifts. I don’t like spending money or shopping. In a fantasy world, classy and feminine pieces aka Jackie Kennedy’s iconic style, would be as affordable as my Wal-Mart sweatpants.
Who are some actors or performers you wish to work with, but haven’t yet?
A: I was heavily impacted by Sandra Bullock’s performance in “Gravity.” I would be honored to work alongside her.
What would be your next ideal movie role, or movie?
A: Haha. Again, it’s so beyond my control! But in a dream world, something cinematically challenging and thrilling like “Life of Pi” or “Gravity.”
If you could, what film would you have wanted to be in (can be a classic!). And why?
A: I’d be in Finding Dory! I’ve been looking forward to that movie since the announcement months ago.
You’re almost 21! It just feels like yesterday when we saw you on the “Maury” show. Do you have any goals you wish to fulfill before you turn 21? Or even in the next five years?
A: I’d like to learn to fly a plane, speak Japanese, and backpack through India and parts of Africa. I’d also like to contribute more to my community and planet.
Check back later this week for a behind the scenes video and a giveaway!
Tommy2: How’s it going, it’s Tommy2 and today we’ve got a familiar face returning, it’s Alyson Stoner who’s here with us to talk about her new single, “Dragon (That’s What You Wanted).” So Alyson how are you doing?
Alyson Stoner: Doing so well, nice to talk to you again. How are you?
Tommy2: I’m doing excellent myself. Now just a little over a month ago, you celebrated your 20th Birthday! What were some of the highlights of your big day?
Alyson Stoner: Well, I haven’t ever grown up celebrating my birthday in any extraordinary way so this year I was really fortunate to like have a special day with nothing planned and yet about six or seven spontaneous things happened and I got to see old friends from years ago, I got to see… meet new people, and it was basically just being around a lot of special people in my life and of course good food. But no crazy sky diving events, which I wish happened but maybe that’s for 21st.
Tommy2: Alright, we’ll have to look forward to that.
Alyson Stoner: (Laughter)
Tommy2: Now this Tuesday, September 24th you’ll be releasing your new single, “Dragon (That’s What You Wanted).” Why don’t first share what the songs about?
Alyson Stoner: Well this song is sassy, it’s called “Dragon (That’s What You Wanted).” The symbol of a “Dragon” is representing something that’s mysterious, alluring, powerful, it’s very strong and decisive and “That’s What You Wanted” is about having an ultimatum and instead of clinging to them for comfort or begging for a second chance you decide that you’re a-okay and you can move on. And of course it’s sassy cause it’s strikes home, it strikes a chord.
Tommy2: And musically, the song is much different than your last release. Is this a new for you or just experimentation?
Alyson Stoner: Actually it’s been an ongoing experiment and this is something I am so proud of and it is the direction that I would like to take my music at least for a long while because I think the lane is wide open to bring back the best of what Janet Jackson used, 90′s music and really ride the melodies and incorporate my dance background.
Tommy2: I was wondering with part of this direction, was that inspired when you did that cover of “Boyfriend” a little while back.
Alyson Stoner: We used the same director, David Lehre for “Dragon”, but it’s actually completely separate from the cover of “Boyfriend” which was thrown together in about four hours. It didn’t have much planning or not much thought went into that one. This is actually, my baby. This is something that I am deeply passionate about and it’s a new leaf especially for those that haven’t seen me in this light before. I’m excited, it’s really fun.
Alyson Stoner will be performing at the 1st annual Dance Walk on September 22 2013!
Alyson Stoner will be performing at the 1st annual Dance Walk on September 22 2013! She will be helping raise money and awareness for Multiple Sclerosis. On Sunday, September 22 The BEAT MS Foundation will be having their first annual “Dance Walk” event in Los Angeles! To register and donate go to thebeatms.com!
Join in on the newest craze – dance walking – and help end multiple sclerosis. Enjoy dance walking to awesome music, lessons from professional dancers, great performances, a raffle and silent auction. The event will end with a choreographed group performance, featuring YOU, which will be videotaped and posted to raise awareness for MS. Money will be raised through ticket sales and donations.
The Beat Dance Tour and the National MS Society, along with event co-chairs Courtney Galiano and Philip Byron bring together artists, dancers and people who want to do something about MS now for the 1st annual The Beat MS Dance Walk.
Alyson Stoner Talks with Clevver TV about her New Single “Dragon (That’s What You Wanted)” & ‘Step Up 5!
Alyson Stoner is a multiple threat that has a brand new single coming out this week. The singer, dancer, and actress will release “Dragon (That’s What You Wanted)” this Friday and we had the chance to chat with her all about it!
Alyson was also just confirmed to return for Step Up 5 and we got some inside scoop on the next movie in the franchise.
-You have a new single, “Dragon (That’s What You Wanted).” What was the inspiration behind the song and title?
“Dragon (That’s What You Wanted)” is a fierce 90s throwback to Janet Jackson with a modern twist. We added House and Dance elements and the catchiest hook you’ll love to get stuck in your head. The phrase “that’s what you wanted” was inspired by someone getting an ultimatum in a relationship. Instead of pleading for a second chance, they take the space and keep moving forward on their own, hence calling the song “Dragon” – a symbol of strength, decisiveness, allure, and mystery.
-Is there a message you hope people get after listening to the track?
The message is pretty clear: don’t tell me one thing if you mean another. If you ask for space but you really don’t want to lose me, don’t be surprised when I take the space and move on. I have things to do.
-Do you have a favorite lyric from the song?
Absolutely. “I will not apologize for packing up my life and leaving.” – When you’ve thought clearly and you know what’s healthiest and most honorable for all people in the situation, you can’t dwell on the temporary discomfort. You have to do what’s right.
-We’ve seen teasers of the music video as well. What can you tell us about the video?
First of all, the hot green power ranger Hector David Jr is in it. It’s choreographed by Sho Tyme (Aaliyah, TLC, Jay Z) and me. You’ll see a little cat-and-mouse with Hector, a lot of dance movement, and everything we miss about MTV.
-Do you have more music you will be releasing soon? If yes, will it be similar to “Dragon” or different?
I do have more music! We plan to start dropping singles very soon!
-How would you describe the sound of your music for someone who has never heard it before?
Modern Janet Jackson. More urban, r&b Britney Spears. If Paula Abdul studied hip-hop. Strong melodies, beats that make you move; the best of 90′s pop music with a new flare!
-It was just confirmed that you’re back for Step Up 5! Can you give us any hints on what Camille will be up to this time around?
Let’s just say Camille has found herself in an entirely different element and lifestyle, one that surprised me when I read the script!
-Are you excited to reunite with your former Step Up co-stars and work alongside some of the cast from the other movies in the franchise?
Yes, we have people back from all the films. It’s going to be like a mega Step Up party every day on set. Rehearsals are already a blast!
-Any message for your fans?
Thanks for supporting me on my music journey. If you have something you’ve long dreamed about, don’t be afraid to finally step out and go for it. That’s what I’m doing with music!
Alyson Stoner will be returning as Camille Gage in “Step Up 5“!!
Got some of the best news of the year!! Alyson Stoner has officially confirmed the she will be returning as Camille Gage in “Step Up 5”!
She will be returning along with Adam Sevani as Moose. (Step Up 2 The Streets, Step Up 3D, Step Up: Revolution) Briana Evigan (Step Up 2 The Streets), Ryan Guzman (Step Up: Revolution) and many more! The film begins filming on September 19 in Vancouver and Las Vegas! I am beyond excited for this! So happy for Alyson and proud of her!
Alyson has a new music video & single called “Dragon (That’s What You Wanted).” She’s the voice of “Isabella” on the award-winning Disney Channel cartoon “Phineas and Ferb.” You’ve seen her in movies Cheaper by the Dozen, Camp Rock (Demi Lovato, Joe Jonas), & Step Up. Alyson shares a behind the scenes look at her acting & musical journey. Visit her here: http://alysonstoner.com/