Australian born teen sensation Alli Simpson, moved across the globe with her family in 2010, to help kick start her brother Cody’s music career. Since then, Alli herself has featured on Radio Disney, music videos and is creating her own success in Hollywood. We sat down with Alli, to find out how she has found the transition from Australia to the US, what plans she has for the future and what inspiring advice she has for you!
1. You and your family moved from Australia to the States, to support your brother Cody’s music career. How are you adjusting to living on the other side of the globe?
It was definitely a difficult move, considering I was just 12 at the time. It’s taken a good year or two to adjust and to be honest I’m still adjusting. It really has been a up and down experience trying to make friends in a new place and to make real friends that are not part of the industry. But it’s such a wonderful rare experience that I have been lucky enough to encounter. I realise i have such an amazing opportunity to travel the world and to i can use my success to help other kids in need.
2. You recently turned 17, how are you finding the transition as you move from teenager and into adulthood?
Finally 17! It’s really really great. I don’t feel much different honestly. But it’s a good feeling and 17 does sound better than 16. Every year we grow and every year we change, i am learning new things everyday and trying to use it for good things in this world.
3. What would you say is the biggest struggle you face, being a young woman growing up in Hollywood?
The biggest struggle I face is physical appearance. The pressures of looking great, and reaching societies standards. I’ve spent hours getting emotional over this stuff, I struggle with this myself honestly, I have to fight it everyday. I am focusing on a balanced and healthy diet and exercising everyday. We can’t be too hard on ourselves, unfortunately society has an idea of perfection and I am far from it. We are all perfectly imperfect & there is beauty in being perfectly imperfect.. we can’t forget to love ourselves and who we are on the inside, as well as looking after ourselves on the outside at the same time. And yes, confidence is a game we can all win, sometimes it gets tough. I think the answer is as simple as smiling, being present, and being grateful for who we are what we have!
4. Define happiness to you?
Happiness is when my actions match my words match my thoughts.
5. Where do you see yourself in 5 years, in your career?
I frequently get asked this question and I honestly just say I take it day by day. In my career I am dipping my feet into a little bit of everything. I’ve decided not put myself in a box, the possibilities are endless. If I’m happy, healthy, and have the opportunity to work with charities and help others…..then I’ll be just finem and at peace.
6. On your website and social media, you go to great lengths to inspire your fans and encourage them to be happy in their own skin. What is one piece of advice, that you could offer our wonderful followers?
My one piece of advice is to be yourself. I know everyone says that but when it comes down to it, that’s all there is to it. Be YOURSELF. Be YOU. Do what you want to do, be who you YOU want to be. Because nobody spends more time with you than yourself.
Find out more about Alli at : www.allisimpson.com