DAVE GAMMON: Passing on the Left: Fastlane Life & Other Cautionary Tales without doubt remains one of my proudest possessions within my very broad spectrum of literature. Delving deep into a plethora of varying emotion, your writing truly not only seizes one’s imagination but shakes it for good measure painting a wild kaleidoscope of visions. The stanzas are raw with feeling and complimented with breath taking beautiful photography in photos that you’ve personally modeled for. What was the initial brainchild behind this endeavor and does it reign true to state this is a virtual map of your emotional trial and tribulation?
CHASE ALLEN: Working on several projects, I realized just how much of yourself is edited and retourqued out of the original compositions which left me feeling like I was not giving my full self. Recalling days where you fell in love with a music band and could get all of their memorabilia with autographs, rare pics, and even notes. I remember treasuring those simple items before the band would go main-stream and then their original sparkle was lost. I felt that I could bring some of that original cross over into today’s shifting markets. My book was created with my own exact words and images, unedited to connect with the reader on all levels. Raw, engaging, and unflinching. While the publishing houses are waiting to reformat and buffer down the shine of it, true fans have the original collectibles long before it loses the sparkle of success.
It’s hardly a virtual map since a search party with orange reflective vests and miner’s hats would be necessary to map out that crazy neighborhood of my life experiences. It’s reflective of my travels in life but more in terms of survival. That’s the resonating message is that despite how much life distorts your patience and faith, your strength is still there….and hopefully your sense of humor as well.
DG: How has the consumer feedback been so far? Is there a certain demographic drawn to your work than others? Tell us about chasetheface.com.
CA: It’s gotten a really surprising great reception. I thought it would appeal to the outer edges of the demographics as it’s raw in nature. I was pleasantly surprised when there was an overwhelming interest from the middle of road people who don’t usually like literature/poetry. I got some beautiful letters sent to me which were so appreciated and prove my point that certain life themes of pain, survival, and self acceptance are indeed universal. Chasetheface.com is my website where it interlinks all of my pages, blogs, gallery, project updates and purchase point for the book. I recently added my Chasetheface store link where people can get great designer deals on clothing, accessories, and celebrity collectibles that I’ve gathered over the years without the nuisance of Ebay and a more personalized feel. I’ve met some very cool people and it’s nice to always exceed shopper’s expectations and make their day a bit happier.
DG: You’d mentioned how compelling and enchanting musical groups have been in the past. Any in particular you’d consider your personal most monumental? Who are some of the greatest artistic influences?
CA: It’s more the shine of youth that makes them seem more compelling than they actually are. My point was the excitement of collecting their B sides and seeing their shows in rare venues and how those are were the memories are made. Not so much as when they hit mainstream popularity, which the veneer is made a bit thinner. I think this could be applied for any band from the Beatles to your favorite garage hair band you enjoyed growing up. It’s the early days of their rise you cherish the most, while still enjoying their current work. While I can appreciate someone’s treasured Beatles collection, I don’t think I would have that in the future for someone’s Miley Cyrus cache.
DG: Well into the 21st century we’re enveloped in a vast assortment of communications while a gradual shift towards alleviating face to face intimate interaction borderlines inevitable. Is it more difficult to achieve and maintain meaningful relationships? Has these mediums creating a certain filtering and screening system in contrast?
CA: Regardless of technology, it is always a challenge to create and maintain meaningful relationships. It’s just made us all lazier and empty. People need people. Period. They need that engagement, conversation, challenging of ideas, humorous quips which doesn’t translate fully via the internet. There’s too much room for errors. That’s the true irony; more methods of communication create miscommunication, isolation, and misunderstandings.
DG: Do you think our means of social networking whether it is facebook, twitter, myspace etc. shortens global isolation? Are there any positive elements to this societal trend?
CA: It’s a great means to be able to connect with a broader fanbase and interact with is an exquisite positive. Meeting people I wouldn’t have the opportunity to– due to location is always a fun and interesting experience. We are all just kindred spirits after all on the same spinning green orb.
DG: What are your views on sexploitation in the media? Do you believe we’re approaching an era of informed, educated and enlightened perception? Is it more a medium where advertisers continue to mass dictate what is sexy and what feminine and masculine positive self image should be about?
CA: Sex has always sold, regardless of the product. It doesn’t mean I agree with it but it’s a fact. I think the true power lies within harnessing it and finding the humor, the commonality, the silliness of it all. Nothing you see in your everyday life is real, everything is airbrushed, photo-shopped, enhanced so that when you meet actual people you find yourself slightly disappointed that they aren’t what you’ve built them up to be mentally in your own mind. Advertisers are just feeding the machine. If we collectively spoke up about how the machine should run, advertisers would follow suit and have. So, it’s fair to say that there will always be finger pointing on both sides of that argument. My advice would be educated your children well and show them the distortions so that they have a healthy sense of self and won’t fall victim to fakery that is afoot.
DG: You’ve celebrated a decorated career in modeling in a vast array of different faucets. If you had to pinpoint one moment that stands out most comical on set what would it be?
CA: It was a small opportunity that was afforded to me and I simply just worked the heck out of it and ran with it. It’s just a job which makes for a means to another vocation. I would pick just about any time on a shoot as comical if I’m there as I feel utterly displaced. I don’t buy the hype or think I’m the proverbial bag o’ chips, so I’m a clumsy fool trying to finish a gig and giving a 110% and always being professional.
DG: I wish to extend my deepest thanks and gratitude Chase. On a parting note what is on the horizon for Chase Allen? Any aspirations or pursuits we can eagerly anticipate?
CA: I’m continuing on several book projects and photo projects that will be exciting. On a personal note, just health and happiness would suffice it for me. Well, that and world domination……
DG: Thank you once again Chase I wish you continued success and may all your dreams come true.