About Alison Blackman


About Alison Blackman


Alison Blackman Dunham aka. “Advice Sister Alison” and “The Advice Sisters” is a writer, photographer, online advisor, and lifestyles consultant. I have built my reputation offering readers a unique perspective on life, in print, in person and through the camera lens.  This is my Personal Web Site at http://www.alisonblackman.info.


me head shotAS A WRITER: I began creating content and consulting with web sites to provide high quality interactive content back in 1996.  Not long after that I began producing online advice columns with my twin sister, Jessica Blackman Freedman. Together, we created the Advice Sisters and our signature “Double-Take” (two views, “Head & Heart”) Q&A. We are widely credited with bringing the advice genre, online (* Marriage and Family Experience: Relationships Changing Society 8th Edition by Bryan Strong, Christine DeVault, Theodore F. Cohen, Thompson-Wadsworth Publishers, 2004). The Advice Sisters®,” is a registered, United States Trademark. The Advice Sisters web sites (www.advicesisters.net) and (www.advicesisters.com) have been online since 1997.  When Jessica suddenly passed away, I focused more on beauty, fashion & lifestyle. More recently, I re-created the signature “Double-Take” format on Leather and Lace Advice with my co-author, Anthony Sabatini. Leatherandlaceadvice.com is a dating, relationship and intimacy relationship advice website where we offer two view (his & hers) for every question and situation.

I have continued to write for other web sites, and print publications, with a style that has been described as” ” quirky, funny, intelligent, amusing, and insightful.”  My work has been featured in publications including: American Express, the American Chronicle, the Examiner.com, Medical Oncology News,  In Touch Magazine, US Magazine, American Singles, Porthole Magazine, The Annandale News, Career Magazine, Beauty News NYC, American Singles, Chai Time, Golden Lotus, Bliss Magazine, and Cupids’ Network, just to name a few. On The Advice Sisters Beauty/Fashion/Lifestyle Web Site I offer daily reviews, reports and ideas to help make life easier,  more successful and more fun.  The main topics are: advice columns, beauty, fashion, lifestyle, luxury, travel, relationships, singles & dating, weddings, and careers.


AS AN AUTHOR:  I’m the author, co-author or contributor to a number of books including: The Everything Dating Book, 2nd Edition (Adams Media, 2005), Recruiting Love- Using The Business Skills You Have to Find the Love You Want (Cyclone Books, 1998), You Are the Product- How To Sell Yourself To Employers (Piggle Press, 2000/Fabjob 1999), and Feel Great Be Great While You Date (advicesisters, 2004). . She is a contributing author in: How To Survive Dating by Mark W. Bernstein (Hundreds of Heads Books, Inc., 2004) and The Last Job Search Guide You’ll Ever Need – How to Find and Get the Job or Internship of Your Dream, compiled by Steven J. Rothberg (CollegeRecruiter.com Books, 2002). She has also written four self-help E-books on social behavior, singles and dating, and wedding dilemmas and created/starred in “Making New Connections,” a series of 5 compact disks about improving sociability.  Currently, I’m working on a book with Anthony Sabatini about the lives of music roadies.   You can follow our progress on Twitter @RoadGypsiesBook


ALISON OFFERS THE FOLLOWING WRITING SERVICES: * Blog Posts *Feature Articles* Website Content * Specialty Columns * Press Releases *Personal Dating Profiles * Business Proposals * Love Letters * Personal Essays *Twitter and Facebook Content *Business Correspondence *Brochures & Fliers * Article Editing . In addition, I offer my expertise as a consultant to anyone who wishes to take advantage of  my experience online and especially in social media. I  will work with you to help you to find an unique voice that maximizes your impact on everything from social media sites like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, to better blogging and beyond. If you want to get started but need some help, of if you would like to hire me to provide writing services or content,  please feel free to Contact me learn how I can put her skills to work for you.

Alison Says: ” I write things as clearly as possible, and as I see them, but I try to do so in an entertaining manner.  In my writing as in my photographic work, my goal is to provide an emotional and factual experience that is very personal, but still relate-able to different types of people all around the world.”

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Alison Blackman with her favorite Nikon

Alison Blackman with my favorite Nikon

AS A PHOTOGRAPHER:  My photographic images have appeared on web sites around the world. I have also exhibited my  photographic work at The Townhouse Art Gallery in Brooklyn, NY.

Alison Says:  When you look at my photographs, I strive to show you what I’ve personally seen, heard, touched, sensed, and experienced.  Check the  images in my photo gallery that are for sale. I am also available to work with you as a freelance photographer. Please feel free to Contact Me for rates.”



get personal advice AS A PERSONAL ADVISOR:  I have helped people of all ages and cultures, personalities and issues around the world. I’m the expert but compassionate, virtual “best friend” to thousands of adults around the world. If you are interested in my personal, private advice services, Please feel free to  Contact Me to learn how she can help you reach your goals.  You can also learn more about my online and chat advice on this page. 

Alison Says: “I truly believe that most people have the capacity within themselves to create better, more successful, and happier lives. All they need to reach their goals is a helping hand, good information and some motivation and inspiration. That is what I’m striving to provide  both on the Advice Sisters Web Site and to my personal, private advice clients.  You see the forest, but I can see the true path through the trees!  That is my specialty.  It would be my pleasure to help you attract success and create a happier life.”



AS A SPEAKER: I have appeared on radio and television on such shows as Good Day New York, and …As a motivational speaker, she has given talks and workshops on a variety of lifestyle topics at The Learning Annex, George Washington University, The Law School Admissions Service, the Waldorf Astoria, The Packer Collegiate Institute, and Start Fresh. When Alison speaks, people pay attention. They leave feeling great about themselves, excited about their relationships, and happy that they didn’t miss hearing my presentation! Contact Me to find out how I can speak at your event or organization, or be a guest on your radio or television show.



AS AN IMAGE/BEAUTY EXPERT: I love beauty and fashion, and I’ve certainly written a lot about it!  But I’m also a certified image and color consultant trained by Beauty for All Seasons. I have literally reviewed thousands of beauty and lifestyle products of every type and reviews products on a daily basis. Contact Me if you would like me to review your product or service or if you are interested in learning more about her personal, private, image consulting services.

Alison Says: I Follow the trends, but advise readers to find their own comfort zone, as all reviews are highly subjective. All beauty reviews are subjective, and it’s my responsibility to describe products in a way that offers information, but allows you to use your own, good judgment about whether to try it or not. I direct readers to what I think are great products, but I don’t denigrate those I didn’t like. Although I have a solid background on which to base my comments, in the end, the decision to try something is yours, alone.”


PUBLIC, PRIVATE AND NON-PROFIT EXPERIENCE: I am a trained professional who has held executive positions in the private sector in publishing, advertising, and public relations, and in the non profit and public sectors. I have a Master of Public Administration  degree in Public and Arts Management from New York University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Music History and Public Relations, from Syracuse University.


Alison Says: Please Contact Me for more information and ideas about how i can help you reach your goals