Successful TV Writer Allison Davis Talks Staying Creative Through the Process

The Black Creators Club sits down to talk with Allison Davis, producer and OWN TV writer, to discuss her journey and tips for aspiring creatives.

In a recent episode by The Black Creators Club, hosts Akilah Ffriend and Eboné Chatman interviewed Allison Davis, a Producer and Writer on David Makes Man for OWN TV. Equally as important as her current success, the group chats Allison’s journey to becoming a writer and producer on a major television network and what all aspiring creatives can take into consideration.

During the interview, Allison shared that she knew she wanted to be a writer her whole life– she even read to her mom growing up instead of the typical other way around. The NYU Tisch MFA grad talks her journey to becoming a writer, including drafting campaigns for Converse and doing a Lynching in America project with Google’s Equal Justice Initiative, before wrapping up with a fun game related to the shows and movies she would write for (and pass on) if given the opportunity.

What was most prevalent in the conversation was Allison’s passion for writing– a passion that can take any aspiring writer/producer and all around creative far. She shared that, “The most interesting thing about writing is that everything is interesting,” before zeroing in on what captivating writing truly is.

“When people say write what you know, what I sort of internalized and interpret that to mean is write what you understand.”

If that’s not inspiring enough for you, note that Allison is already on her 4th show and 5th season of writing for television with drama series David Makes Man.

“David Makes Man was created by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Tarell Alvin McCraney (Moonlight). Set in South Florida, this lyrical coming-of-age story centers on a teenage prodigy named David who lives in the projects but attends a magnet school for academically gifted youngsters.”

The David Makes Man crew is still in contact during quarantine, which is great news as we head into Season 2. Allison says, “That team is so great and we have so much love for each other… being able to have this group of people to check in everyday and see familiar faces… was literally a blessing and helped me keep my sanity.”

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The Black Creators Club is a weekly podcast hosted by media mavens Akilah Ffriend (@akilahffriend) and Ebone Chatman (@ebonechatman12). Listen as we interview black creatives in the entertainment industry spanning from TV to movies to music. When we’re not kekeing with black makers in the game, or keeping it ALL the way real on our own entertainment pursuits as two young black women, we are reacting to the latest and greatest in black Hollywood stories, topics, and (of course) tea. Find us @The Black Creators Club on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Youtube and all social media platforms.