We had the good fortune of connecting with Bridget Winder and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Bridget, what role has risk played in your life or career?

Honestly, I don’t think about risk. When you’re running a business as an entrepreneur, every decision you make is a risk. There’s no way to avoid them. They are in the DNA of the entrepreneur model.

I attribute my entire career to taking risks – Consciously or subconsciously. But with taking on perpetual risk, there’s never been any room for the fear of failure. I’ve never been one afraid to fail or to look insane for making a decision for a vision I can see that others don’t quite have the grasp of yet. But that again is risk. I will inevitably have countless meetings with failure but I don’t even think about it when it happens because it’s so normal at this point. I just get up as quickly as possible and move forward to the next risk.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?

My art has passed through many worlds in such a short life. I am self-taught and found it through an act of God. I was at The University of Alabama studying Musical Theatre and after a particularly dark season, my sister encouraged me to go buy a sketchbook as a form of journaling and to create something every night. Before I knew it, I had hundreds on hundreds of sketches in an ever ongoing series called “LateNightSketching” and a gift of art which led to a career. I moved to Los Angeles after college to pursue my performance career and soon after my sister joined. While in LA, our Dad unexpectedly passed away. From that experience I was led to go purchase paints one day. I began painting and discovered yet another branch of this gift. I was having vivid and vast visions, painting around the clock to get them all out before losing them. massive paintings scaling up to ten-feet filled our apartment, even the ceiling was covered. We then moved home to Shreveport, Louisiana for a short stint to help our Mom get back on her feet after the blow of losing our Dad. It was there I merged my love for art and performing into a series called “Singing-and-Painting”. I record a song particularly compelling to my spirit, then broadcast the time-lapse of a painting I have created that was inspired by that song. After countless creations in this season it was time to pack up and move to New York City, where my sister Amanda and I are now, to pursue the largest stage for art and entertainment. We run our businesses full time and continue to grow in our craft every day.

I think what sets me apart from others is I am the only me. And you are the only you. We each have different experiences which are going to give us different voices and will uniquely shape the art we each create. As long as I am connected to living, I will always have something new to create.

One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned along the way is to keep going and growing. It always works out. Maybe not the way I hoped or planed but life has a way of moving forward and time will not stop ticking just because I choose to. I’ve got one shot at this life and every day I push to be a better version of myself. I’ve also learned that celebrating others is a superpower – especially those getting what you want. Celebrate them. Love on them. Congratulate them. Someone else being successful or reaching success before you doesn’t mean you won’t be successful in the same area. I promise you there is enough room for everyone. Keep going and growing.

Performing and Art are what I do. They are what I’ve always done and they are what I will aways do because they are what I was created to do. It feels like a miracle to link up with your purpose for creation. I want to encourage everyone to keep searching tirelessly for what you were created to do. Because when you find it and link up? The synchronicity is a miracle.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.

My favorite things to do in NYC are be a tourist of iconic spots and secretly iconic spots. The top of my list of course is to see a Broadway show. To be able to see the magic of worlds best live theatre is like a religious experience to me, Then after the show to saunter into Times Square, so brightly lit up it looks like daytime, is quite the moment to take in. I’ve had the honor of experiencing some of my best friends in their element making it on Broadway and that feeling of pride seeing them do exactly what they were created to do and worked so hard for is unexplainable. My favorite place to eat is The Smith – specifically the Lincoln Square location. That area is my favorite. Right in the middle is Lincoln Center, home of the New York City Ballet, the Metropolitan Opera, New York Philharmonic, Juilliard and one of my favorite Broadway Theatres – Lincoln Center Theatre. Seeing all of those iconic homes of the Arts connected, where some of the finest talents in the world have been displayed is quite an overwhelming moment to take in. I also love to grab a coffee in this area then walk right into Central Park for a long leisurely afternoon walk. You can’t beat Central Park any time of the year. It is a treasure.

If we are feeling more active and outdoorsy, I head over to Chelsea by the Hudson River. A top restaurant there is Frying Pan which is located on a boat that sits on the water. A Spring lunch at Frying Pan in the warm breezy weather is pretty wonderful. Also in this area is another favorite, Chelsea Piers, which has bowling, golfing, batting cages, rock climbing, etc. It’s a fantastic spot for kids and adults. It’s become my birthday spot for a few rounds of bowling then off to laser tag!

A couple of other favorite spots to take family and friends are the MET Museum, SoHo, Rockefeller Center, and Grand Central Station. There are amazing food courts below Grand Central and Rockefeller Center and The Plaza which are always a win to go to if you have several people wanting different things to eat and you aren’t familiar with the City. ALSO look up “Grand Central Whispering Gallery” when you are there. That is a secretly iconic spot.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My older sister Amanda is to credit for more than I could ever say or understand. She manages my business and me as a whole while also running a business herself, Cultivate Life Inc., which teaches people how to cultivate a healthier lifestyle – Spirit, Soul, Heart and Body. I can’t imagine this journey without her business wise and life wise. Honestly, it is because of Cultivate Life that I discovered my gifts and have a business in the first place. I would also love to shoutout out our incredible Mother! She blesses us, supports us and loves us beyond comprehension. Without her and our Dad, we wouldn’t be who we are today. They are the best parents I could have asked for and I’m so fortunate that they are me and Amandas.

Website: www.bridgetwinder.com

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