Today we’d like to introduce you to Brien Allen.
Hi Brien, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I met Cameron through a mutual friend. After being introduced, we both simply went on with our lives in our own separate bands. We ended up being on our own at the same time in 2017 and linked up. Through Cameron, I met Doug. And the rest is history.
I’ll never forget meeting Doug, though. At first, I thought I was too different from their sound to be a good fit, so I took quite a few months to see if I even wanted to be in the band long-term. After experiences with the guys and pushing myself to grow, I felt like I was actually a good fit. Altermind has pushed me to confront every weakness I have and to push beyond it by furthering my education and by working hard.
At 2021, I definitely couldn’t imagine my life without Altermind. The guys are my brothers and the band is my life. And it’s been quite a journey, let me tell ya.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Some aspects have been smooth. Some have been challenging. COVID certainly was tough, but we made the most of it I’d like to think. We’ve had to iron out communication issues within the band, and we’ve had to overcome some trust issues between some of us, but that’s a pretty natural thing I’d say. We’ve built up a really effective communication system that we (mostly) adhere to now. And it really helps the process. I’d say at this point, the band feels like an environment that is GENUINELY 100 percent emotionally safe. And that is BEYOND rare in this world. So I consider myself to be extremely lucky. I trust these guys so much. And that level of trust is something we all had to work for. But it’s been very worth it and rewarding.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
Well, I went to college for Petroleum Engineering. I worked in EOR (enhanced oil recovery) for a while, testing surfactants and various co-solvents for their effectiveness in tertiary recovery operations in the subsurface. Long story short – after we’ve gotten most of the oil out of the ground using tried-and-true means, there are ways to use soap-like chemicals to extract *even more*. I was working on optimizing this process.
It was difficult to tour with that job, however, so I found a software job that was much more flexible. I worked there for about four years. It was a wonderful workplace and am still friends with them to this day.
These days, I am a free agent, taking classes on trading options. I have other means of income and am expanding my skillset to where I can optimize my independence. I am also slated to be in an independent film, so fingers crossed that holds true!
Risk taking is a topic that people have widely differing views on – we’d love to hear your thoughts.
Oh god. Risk is everything.
I’ve had to make so many sacrifices to get to where I am today. Truth be told, the only way to get there is through sacrifice and risk. If you don’t take it? You will never get what you seek in life.
- I am $100/hour for studio sessions.
- I am $60/hour for virtual guitar lessons.
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/brienallenguitar/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brien.allen715
- Youtube: https://youtube.com/user/brienallen715
- Other: https://www.altermindband.com/
Jake Rabin & Elle Jaye are responsible for the photos.