Alison Blaire Jun 8, 2015 22:18:09 GMT
Post by Z inactive alisonblaire on Jun 8, 2015 22:18:09 GMT
NAME: Alison Blaire
ALIAS: Ali, Alleykat, Songbird, Lightengale, Dazzler, Dazz.
OCCUPATION: Rockstar, Actress
MEMBER GROUP: Mutant and Civilian.
POWERS AND ABILITIES: Dazzler is able to transduce sonic vibrations of any decibel or frequency, even those she cannot actively detect, into light energy of any variety, including ultraviolet. The louder and more sustained the noises, the more powerful her energy manifestations can become. This light energy can become solid enough to allow Dazzler to fly with sustained blasts, or form temporary constructs, which can serve as walls, or even illusions. Additionally, she can convert sounds frequencies, allowing her to create aural deceptions, or release low pitched sonic blasts, similar to earthquakes, provided she has enough of a source sound to do so.
Finally, Alison is immune to the effects of light and light radiation, and cannot be blinded, burned or irradiated by the light spectrum. On a similar note, she is immune to sonic vibrations, and cannot be deafened.
Beyond her powers:
Dazzler is musically talented, being able to compose songs and write lyrics. She’s also skilled in the acoustic (and by extent, electric, since they are not that much different), guitar, as well as the harmonica. Her most notable talent comes in the form of her vocals. Dazzler’s a strong and smoky voiced alto with a five octave range, making her capable of belting out soul, gospel, rock, blues and even some Opera with ease. All of her musical talents come from a mixture of her brief attendance of music school, her time in high school and middle school, and free pursuit. Her vocals are mostly natural talent, but one that she honed through breathing lessons and voice training.
Outside of music, Alison is well acquainted with politics and law, through exposure from her father and an inherited interest. She knows procedure pretty well, and is even better with procedure where it is in relation to music, as she was the band’s defacto manager for a while. In addition, Alison has an aptitude for gymnastics and martial arts. Gymnastics was an extra circular activity for her that later became a means of escapism and a frequent form of exercise, which has kept her in shape. The form of martial arts that she knows is Krav Maga, something that she learned for her own defense after a run in with a creepy fan early in her career. Though she hasn’t had to use it much on account of bodyguards, she does keep in practice just in case.
PLAYBY: Victoria Van Violence
PLAYER NAME: El
GENDER: Lady, last time I checked.
OTHER CHARACTERS: Lots
Applejack: And any other hard ciders.
Queen Elizabeth I: Why else would she have that woman tattooed on her chest?
German/Germany: "Tell them you love them, because life is short. But tell them in German, because life is also terrifying." Ali whole-heartedly agrees with that quote, though she loves the way German sounds. Germany is where Bedazzled has charted the highest outside of the US, so Ali's toured there a lot. She's picked up the language (the only she speaks fluently besides English), and loves the way it sounds. She also kinda loves the country as a whole--it's pretty friggin' awesome. Which might also have to do with why she has a house in Frankfurt and a tattoo of the skyline on her arm.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show: As far as she's concerned, young Tim Curry can strut around in drag and belt at her with his golden pipes all he wants.
Drag Shows: Alison's kind of like an icon in the drag queen community. She fully embraces it, and even goes to drag shows. She's met herself a few times, and some of them have been prettier than she is. Talk about jealous.
Alice Cooper: Big influence on rock and roll, especially glam rock, and has a kickin' sense of humor.
Rollerskating: It's one of those things she got into as a kid and it's stuck with her since.
Roy Lichtenstein: She kinda loves bright-colored pop-art in general, but Roy is probably her favorite.
Losers: Unfortunately, these are the kinds of people that she ends up dating. She isn't sure if she's a beacon for them, or if she's drawn to the worst possible people, but she is. Sleazeballs, cheaters, and emotionally manipulative a-holes are who she tends to go for. It'll start out great enough, but without fail she'll find herself in love with the biggest douche she could find. Her pride and low tolerance for bull-crap makes her end the relationship pretty fast once said Loser shows their colors, but it really is like an extra super power. Enough that her friends and bandmates actively steer her away from whoever she's attracted to.
Non-Fiction Books: Whenever Ali has some free time and isn't crashing in front of the boob-tube with a cigarette and a glass of Applejack, she's got her nose in some kind of non-fiction book. Usually history, since history is her bread and butter, but occasionally things like engineering or biographies will catch her interest.
Debate: It's the former-aspiring lawyer in her. She loves politics and loves to argue about them. And not just politics. She'll argue about everything. While she realizes that most people usually aren't as good with arguments and are prone to take things personally, she just can't help it. Sometimes she'll even play Devil's Advocate and argue against her own interests just to see what someone else is thinking. Old habits die hard and all.
Friends of Humanity: And basically any other anti-mutant rights group. It isn't just the mutant in her that's not a fan. It's the strongly prevailing anti-bigot.
Hate Groups: In general, they can go fuck themselves. People are people are people, period. End of story. Deal with it and get over yourselves. And, if you wanna get technical, not just hate-groups. The crazy activists that take their beliefs too far have earned her ire. Hardcore vegans that try to guilt trip you, PETA, and more.
Prissy People: "Feminine" personalities are fine. It's the stuck up people that are afraid to try anything new, different, or get their hands dirty that Alison isn't really a fan of.
Fame-Seekers: Been there, done that about half a dozen times. Get your own talent and market yourselves. Don't try and hang off of her. And for the last time, no. She will not listen to or promote your CD. Hate to break it to you, honey, but you're not the talented.
Fun-Suckers: There's a certain class of people who like to crap all over everyone's enthusiasm and spirit and drain the joy from everything they're a part of. Those people deserve a few high-voltage shocks straight to their nipples.
Her Taste in SOs: Seriously, they're the worst. Even she knows it. Maybe it's time to just give up on dating and turn into a crazy cat lady.
Crazy Fans: She doesn't know you. She doesn't want you to be a part of her life. And no, she isn't charmed by the fact that you rub your naked body all over her cardboard standee. It's creepy.
Drugs: It's fine if other people do them. But having led the life of a rockstar and suffering from an addictive personality, Ali doesn't care for the hard stuff. It's ruined her life, and she lost an otherwise good relationship to it. She's only recently gotten comfortable with being around casual users.
Compassionate: Even though Alison has been a part of the Hollywood scene and all that entails, and has every right to be completely jaded towards humanity, she has a lot of compassion. She’s outgoing, friendly, and cares a lot about other people, even strangers. It’s one of the reasons she’s so political.
Quick-Witted: Years of debate club and her natural humor combined to form a lightning fast wit. She always has a snarky remark at the ready.
Self-Reliant: After what happened with her father… happened, Alison became incredibly self-reliant. She’s had to claw her way up from the bottom twice over. As such, she’s used to getting herself out of tight spots.
Potty-Mouthed: If a trucker and a sailor had a baby, Alison would be the result of their unholy union. She swears often and excessively, and does not shy away from the harsher swears available to her. While the f-bomb is her favorite, she regularly goes much, much harsher, and slips swears into casual conversation. Needless to say, some people aren’t fans.
Argumentative: Alison loves to argue and she just can’t stop herself from doing it. When she should drop it, she frequently doesn’t. It takes someone getting emotional or telling her to outright back off in order for her to let up some of the time. Again, carry over from debate club and nearly being a lawyer. She sometimes forgets that people don’t do arguments as well as she does.
Forgiving: Generally, Ali believes in second, and sometimes even third chances. Even if she knows she shouldn’t, if someone makes themselves vulnerable enough to apologize and ask for forgiveness, she’ll generally give it to them. And then she feels like she has to do the right thing and follow through on extending them trust and an olive branch, since odds are good no one else will. This had led to her taking back exes before… and she almost always regrets it.
GOALS: 1) Be a leading lady in a film. Yeah, she's not the world's best actress, but she's still a good one. Good enough, right? Maybe they could do an action flick!
2) Snag Dark Side of the Moon's spot. It'll never happen, but a girl can dream.
3) Settle down and have a family. Eventually. Some day. Her biological clock is ticking, but she's a busy girl and the idea of settling down anytime soon is scary.
4) Give up smoking. It's been her New Year's Resolution for the last two, though.
FEARS: Falling off the Wagon -- Ali has an addictive personality, and has only recently stabilized her life and gotten comfortable with her resistance. She really doesn't want to be near anything hard, and she knows how quickly she might.
OVERALL PERSONALITY: Ali's been up, down and all around. Her life has been a rollercoaster, and at times, a shitstorm. Nonetheless, she's come to a point of extended stability, in part because of the growth her career's volatility has forced her to undergo. At present, Ali could be described as thick-skinned, stubborn, blunt and detached, with a dash of narcissism and an addictive personality. But those are her bad traits. She's could also be described as intelligent, maternal, passionate, forthright, open minded, witty and free spirited.
Independent: Boy, oh boy is Alison independent. Everything she's been since college, she's been on her own, through dedication, hard work and moxy. She isn't used to charity, and truth be told, she isn't entirely keen on it, either. Even friends have a hard time helping her out in a sticky situation, regardless of what form the help comes in; monetary, or social. Especially social. Ali sure isn't big on lectures or fond of advice, so it's best people keep their opinions of her to themselves unless she asks for it. This independence has made Alison stubborn and bull-headed, and even prone to argue--something she enjoys a little too much. But it does have its positives. Being self-reliant, and later tabloid fodder has made Alison a free spirit, and thick-skinned. She genuinely does not care what someone thinks of her, unless she values that person's council. Even the most negative remark barely seems to faze her.
Honest: Not giving a crap what other people think about her has opened up a whole new avenue of honesty from Alison. While she isn't crass or purposefully cruel, she isn't the sort to mince words, even with close colleagues. Friends will receive a slightly muted, filtered and blunted version of the truth, but it will still shine through. Strangers and people she hates don't get the same luxury. Oftentimes she can sound harsh, cold and completely disinterested, but this isn't actively her intention. She considers it a common courtesy, and expects that people appreciate the truth. Unfortunately, her honesty has gotten her into trouble and made her more than a few enemies, especially where politics and other bands or divas are concerned.
Confident: Alison is very confident in her own abilities, and when paired with her honesty, it can often seem as though she's self absorbed. While this is partially correct, it also isn't, as Alison is her own biggest critic. She expects nothing but the best from herself, and she usually delivers where music is concerned. She considers her confidence justified as a result. But when she gives a subpar performance, she usually berates herself worse than the press. She isn’t the sort to think she’s superior or skilled at something she isn’t.
Detached: In a lot of ways, Alison is detached, and can seem disinterested. Music is her life, and outside of her music, she doesn't have much of a life. Most of her friends are either in her band, have been a part of her band, or are directly connected to her band in some way or another. Though she's hit it off with a wide breadth of celebrities, journalists, critics and the like, her music keeps her so busy that most of these friendships are shallow. She means to maintain them and sometimes she'll even feel bad about it when she goes on months without even calling someone, but her band is more pressing. Her drive, and her history don't exactly make her the best romantic partner, either. Worse, some masochistic part of her seems to seek out terrible partners. Maybe because she doesn't have to feel bad about not maintaining contact, or maybe because of something else.
Maternal: Alison is a very open-minded individual. In her business, she's seen a lot. Fame makes you acquainted with some of the most twisted aspects of humanity, and she's rather desensitized to it all. In a more positive light, she seem most defects (within reason) as quirks, and seems to enjoy flawed personalities most of all. Hell, she's an icon in the drag queen circle, and has been quite vocal in her advocation for gay marriage and other civil rights issues. It hasn't exactly made her friends with the more conservative crowd, but she doesn't care. People should be treated like people--it's the principal of the thing, even if her group of friends isn't personally affected. She'll even help out a complete stranger if she sees one in need.
And where friends are concerned, Alison is downright protective. What few friends she keeps in contact with she holds very close and very dear to her. If anyone or anything threatens the wellbeing of someone she loves, in any capacity, Alison will go mama bear on the problem. And with her personality, resources and connections, she can make someone's life a living hell.
Contented: Despite all of her energy at shows and during interviews, when Alison is allowed a moment of downtime, she is content to simply sit, sip tea (or scotch), and watch the fire in her fireplace. Life's been good to her, and though she wouldn't mind more, she's happy with her lot in it.
BIRTHPLACE: Long Island, New York City, New York.
RESIDENCE: All over, on her tour bus, in whatever hotels she's staying at, and a cushy apartment overlooking Central Park in Manhattan.
PARENTS: Carter and Katherine Blaire.
All of the members of Bedazzled, and the band's manager. (Will add names later)
IMPORTANT PERSON: Zilcho.
Alison Blaire was born to Katherine and Carter Blaire on Long Island, but their relationship was not a happy one. A strong willed, free-spirited, and ambitious woman, Katherine was primarily interested in the pursuit of her career as an entertainer. Between her pursuit of music and Carter's long hours working cases, their time together was fleeting at best. Carter's increasing rigidity and desire for stability in his life created distance between him and Katherine, who wanted little more than to enjoy her youth.
Unfortunately, no compromise had been reached when Katherine found out that she was pregnant. Hormones running high throughout the pregnancy, the issues between Carter and Katherine became all the more grating. When their daughter, Alison was brought into the world, both hoped that it would resolve some of the tension between them. And for a time, it did, but it was not long before the arguments started again.
One argument got particularly heated, with Katherine proclaiming that Carter wasn't the man she fell in love with, and Carter accused Katherine of being unfit to mother. Katherine walked out the very same night, leaving Carter to rear the six month old Alison on his own. Bitter about the love of his life waltzing out in a moment of misguided passion, Carter never spoke of Katherine to Alison.
Carter was a good father to Alison, albeit a strict one. Eager to stamp out any reminder of Katherine, Carter instead encouraged Alison to excel in schoolwork and academics. From a young age, Alison was taught (not intentionally), that her worth hinged on her grades. If she did well in school, she was rewarded. If she did poorly, she was punished, lectured, and even belittled. Eager to please her father, Alison signed up for drama club, photography club, and chess club in elementary school, and strove for high grades.
But as Carter's career advanced, Alison spent less and less time with her father. Praise became fleeting, and it was lucky if she managed to catch any time with him on the weekends. Weekdays were spent at latchkey to the last possible moment. Add all of this onto the beginnings of puberty, and Alison's middle school years were volatile.
Though still yearning for her father's approval, Alison began to resent all that was expected of her. She stopped participating in after school activities, with the exception of gymnastics, which was something that proved to be fun as well as an outlet for her pubescent angst. Another outlet came in the form of music. Her father had never been a man for music after his split from Katherine, and only after going to middle school did Alison begin to find it strange. All of the other kids listened to music--why didn't she? At first, music became something to normalize herself and fit in with a crowd far more judgmental then elementary school, but after that, she was hooked.
Music was in her blood.
Alison signed on for choir and instruments after that, and began to wholeheartedly pursue it. To her surprise, she had a natural gift for singing, although improvements could still be made. Instruments were harder to master, however, and many hours were spent after school trying to figure out how to play even the simplest of chords on the acoustic guitar.
Even strapped with work, it was not overlong before Carter found out. Hearing his daughter sing and attempt (badly) to play the guitar both filled him with joy and dread. And then mostly dread. Seeing much of her mother in her appearance and now mannerisms, Carter clamped down on Alison and attempted to dissuade her from music. All music. He professed that it was a waste of time and that Alison's energy would be better spent following in his footsteps.
Carter's daughter was conflicted. On the one hand, she wanted nothing more than to have a connection with her father, a connection she hadn't had in years. On the other hand, music made her happy. Eventually, the guilt of disappointing and disobeying her father won out, and she stopped pursuing her music.
Fate, it seemed, had a different idea in mind. The school wanted students to perform for the middle school dance, and the choir teacher was insistent that Alison sing with the band. At first, Alison refused... once... for her father's sake. But the second request won her out; she was weak willed and wanted to pursue music and impress her friends.
It was at this dance that her abilities manifested. While singing to in front of her peers (a very nerve-wracking experience), the music washed over her, and multicolored lights, like bubbles began to drift through the air. The crowd gasped and applauded, thinking it was something that the school paid for. Alison did the same, but watched with surprise when all the orbs of light burst at the first clap. Had she done that? Even though nothing happened the rest of the night, she couldn't help but feel she was somehow responsible.
Fully seduced by the world of music, Alison sang and played guitar in secret while she knew her father was at work. After weeks of inactivity, Alison wrote off her connection to the events at the dance, until she listened to the chords of a song she was attempting to play back on her guitar. Once more, the light baubles floated through the air.
The next several years were spent in the pursuit of music, the mastery of her abilities, and the exploration of her identity. Though academic success was hard-grained in her, Alison became more and more disinterested in following in her father's footsteps. The more she pursued music at school, the more she felt it was truly her calling. The formation of her own band in high school was the final nail in the coffin. Politics were interesting, but music was more interesting.
At 17, 'Bedazzled' began touring local garages and clubs that didn't serve alcohol. Surprising, their band met some nominal degree of success. Performing for an audience that didn't consist of her peers whet Alison's appetite for fame. She was hungry for success, and was willing to do whatever it took.
Despite distractions after school hours and slipping grades in the final semester of her senior year, Alison managed to graduate with honors. Her father saw to it that she was enrolled in college at the earliest moment he could, but Alison was less and less interested in school of any sort. Let alone law school. Every free moment of her summer was dedicated to her music, and the pursuit to further her music, which involved parties and all that came with, and forming connections with anyone that could see her to her next gig.
Though 'Bedazzled' was looking up in the world, the band split apart the month before college. Of the five, only two of them looked at music as their future, the rest were just doing it as a hobby and had no interest in turning it into something serious. Alison was one of the two. She wanted to improve her technique and find members just as passionate as she was.
Unable to keep her passion hidden from her father any longer, Alison told him that she would be majoring in the music program that the university had to offer. This was the final straw for Carter, who had been seeing too much of Katherine's free spirit in his daughter. An argument broke out, and Carter revoked any and all funding, leaving Alison to pay for school on her own.
Attending one of the finest universities in New York with no funding wasn't an easy experience. And neither was being financially dependent. The daughter of an esteemed lawyer and later a judge, Alison was used to wonting for nothing. She quickly found that her expensive tastes and the tuition racked up quickly, leaving her up to her eyeballs in debt. With her credit rating demolished, Alison found it hard to even find a job to begin to pay off her debt.
She fell back into music and used what she learned to her advantage for her relatively short college career. Putting up want ads and forming friendships, Alison was able to find three members to replace those that Bedazzled had lost. The members gelled well, and the sound was better than ever, with each member passionate about music.
In the middle of her second year of college, Alison dropped out, too overwhelmed by debt to continue going. Instead of going to school, Alison became the bands defacto manager and used what time wasn't spent sleeping on the guitarist's couch to find the band gigs.
The clubs that she had performed at were eager to see the band back. Though some missed the band's old sound, 'Bedazzled' blew up in a year's time. Larger clubs were booking them, and at 21, Alison and 'Bedazzled' were approached for a record deal.
The first album came easy, and success came with it, with one song peeking the top 50, and another the low top 40. The bluesy, somewhat soul-like rock band's sound complimented it's singer's deep and rich vocals, making for a unique ambience.
In the years since the success of Bedazzled, Alison has had her highs and lows. She's fallen into the dangerous lifestyle of most rockstars, with excessive drinking and drugs, and (mostly) clambered out of it. She's been seen as the dream girl of America, and tabloid-fodder for eye-catching headlines. She's even had bit parts and supporting roles in movies, making Alison Blaire a household name.