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Department Dialogues: Studio and Production

Department Dialogues: Studio and Production

The makers who bring creative visions to life gave us an insight into the Studio and Production departments of Karsh Hagan. We sat down with Allison Tonini and Ayanna Blueford to get to know the women behind their work at the agency.

Allison Tonini, Print Production Manager

As Allison explains, “It’s Toe-Knee-Knee.” Her last name tells the story of her big Italian family, her dad being one of twelve children. Hailing from Louisville, KY, Allison’s southern roots shine through the most in her desire to be a fiddle player and her favorite phrase, “That really burns my biscuits!” Allison prides herself on trusting her instincts, like the time she followed her gut out to New Zealand to film a PBS documentary in the land of the Kiwis. Her motto to this day is poco a poco, se va lejos. Translated, the Spanish proverb reads “little by little, one goes far.” Allison’s independent spirit and taste for adventure will surely help her get to where she wants to go.  

Ayanna Blueford, Studio Artist

If you want to see Ayanna turn into a diva, give her a pair of fine looking sunglasses and watch her alter ego come out. In true “Treat Yo Self” spirit, Ayanna would ask for unlimited spa days if she could have anything for free. However, in Ayanna’s world, hard play is balanced by hard work. Growing up around her father’s printing business, both design and entrepreneurial spirit have played crucial roles in developing who Ayanna is today. Her proudest achievement is moving from her home in California to foreign Colorado to chase her dreams, all with a 14 month baby in tow. Today, after 15 years in the industry, she is still going full steam ahead.

Ellie Gebhardt, Copywriting Intern

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