ConverSLations with Alicia Chenaux
In an effort for all of us to get to know each other better, I’ve decided to conduct some friendly (and not at all prying) questionnaires. I hope it’ll help connect us to others, and bring our little community closer. Today, we have Alicia Chenaux.
What’s your SL name and what do people call you? Alicia Chenaux. Well, Chenaux-Zanzibar is my married last name. People call me Alicia or Ali.
How old is your avatar? Is it your first? I’m almost 6 years old, but this is not my first avatar. I had one previously for a year.
Do you have any SL family or RL family in SL?: I have a SL family! 🙂 I’ve been married for almost 2 years. I was recently sibling adopted, so I have a brother and sister, a brother in law, an almost sister in law, nieces, nephews, and right now I’m on trial with a lovely little girl who will probably be my goddaughter soon, if she says yes!
How old are you and where do you live? In RL, I’m 36 years old and I live in Fort Worth, Texas. In SL, I’m around 25 and live on my island, Bluebonnet.
What’s your home life like? In RL, I have a boyfriend [he knows about my SL] and I am a stay-at-home girlfriend. My parents are elderly and not always in the best of health, so I do a lot of back and forth taking them to doctors visits and helping out when they need it.
Why did you join SL? A friend of mine found it and said it was like the Sims, but with actual people. I was a big fan of The Sims, so I hopped right in! I thought it would be like Sims where I’d play heavily for a couple of weeks and then forget about. This was 2006. You can see how that worked out.
What do you do in SL? I’m a blogger, a land owner, a DJ, and once in a while I model for vendor ads. I have a few things on marketplace but don’t consider myself a creator.
When and how did you start? Start what? Doing what I do? The blogging thing…well, I’ve always written about my life. I have 2 SL blogs, one personal and one for fashion stuff. The fashion blog came from people starting to send me things to review for the personal blog and it made sense to make a new blog. I used to DJ at clubs but now I do mostly private parties and charity events.
When not working in SL, what are you doing? LOL….working. I don’t really consider anything that I do work. But when I’m not doing photos for the blogs or DJing, I’m usually decorating the house and our land, or shopping, or staring at my massive inventory. Lately, since getting my SL family, I spend time with them playing games or dancing or watching movies.
Who is the most fun/interesting person you’ve worked with? Umm… Hmm, I’m not sure. I mean, I haven’t really WORKED with anyone. I’ve had the pleasure of taking photos with a few great bloggers, and doing beta testing for a few designers, but I don’t think that’s exactly work.
Who do you want to work with? I have loads of bloggers I’d love to take photos with. Narrowing it down would be hard!
What do you wish you could do in SL? Make stuff! Particularly mesh stuff. I really want to learn how to do mesh so I can make knick knacks and things like that for my house. But when I open Blender, my eyes cross and I cry. :-p
What is your favourite creation? I don’t consider myself a creator, but I have made some SLink nails and I’m pretty happy with them because I’m not much of an artist.
What is your one SL vice or guilty pleasure? Noob running. Seriously, have you tried it? Just turn your AO off and RUN. It’s the funniest thing ever to me!!
What is the oldest thing (you can find) in your inventory? I have this hugger that gives jewelry! Random Calliope had pieces of jewelry loaded in it, and when you’d hug someone, it would give them a piece of jewelry. 🙂 It was transferrable jewelry, so sometimes a friend of mine and I would stand there hugging each other over and over until we got all that we wanted. LOL!!
If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be? Blessed. Inspired. Fortunate.
Does SL influence your RL style? Vise versa? Oh absolutely. My style in RL is fairly simple and casual, and that definitely spills over into my SL. But through SL, I’ve learned about trends and how to accessorize, and that’s come into my RL, too.
What’s your favourite pasttime? Besides SL? 🙂 I love to read. I read a LOT and have this awful habit of checking the free e-book sites daily, so now I have almost 500 books on my Kindle. I’ll never have time to read all of them, but I can’t seem to help myself from getting them!
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