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

Hi Chelsea, can you share a quote or affirmation with us?
My favorite quote is “How you do anything is how you do everything,” and I really feel that’s true. Consistency in my professional and creative life has been a priority that has taken me some time to fully learn and appreciate. It’s important to reflect the values you have in the actions you take on a daily basis, from taking care of your health to actively improving on your creativity and relationships each day. I like that this particular quote encapsulates that the choices you make each day are made with intention. It motivates me to consider how I approach all my decisions, both large and small, and that self-improvement is a constant habit.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m perhaps most proud of developing the habit of consistency. I’ve tried to place my focus in creating comedic content online every week this past year, and I’m proud to have worked that muscle and to have allowed myself to fail publicly so that I can ultimately improve and grow as a performer and writer. The progress I have made in the videos I’ve made for twitter and tiktok is largely owed to just getting over the idea that, yeah, sometimes a video isn’t going to be that good, or sometimes an idea is better in my head, and there are people who will see things I make and say “well that sucks, she sucks,” and learning to be okay with that judgment, and to disregard it so that I can keep making things anyway. We all deserve to put ourselves out there, to try, to fail, and no one else should get to dictate that. It takes a combination of confidence and humility to be able to push past that fear of judgment and more importantly that self-judgment, and if nothing else I hope people could see what I’ve done and what I’ve made and think, “good for her that she didn’t just give up,” because I really wasn’t always “good,” but that didn’t mean I couldn’t get better.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Oh man! I’d love to take them on a hike through Griffith Park to the Observatory, that’s probably the most immediate, accessible sightseeing activity. Assuming this is in a safer, post-covid LA I’d love to take them to a comedy show at The Groundlings, maybe The Comedy Store or The Laugh Factory. Maybe we’d take a day to visit Venice Beach and walk to the Santa Monica Pier. The MOCA downtown.. Amoeba reopened, we’d definitely visit there. I think it could even be fun to do some of the more standard tourist fare like a bus tour, or a visit to the wax museum. I personally have wanted to go for a while but haven’t let myself because I can’t justify paying to do that, but see, if I had a friend from out of town then I’d feel like I had a better excuse. We’d probably just eat at House of Pies. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I dedicate my shoutout to Derek Scully, who has supported me in the last few years beyond measure, someone who has believed in my worth and potential when I felt I had none. He is compassionate, talented, dedicated, and I am both extremely lucky and grateful to have him in my life.

Website: chelseathepope.com

Instagram: @chelseathepope

Twitter: @chelseathepope

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXsM2V86WLBBp-RshB1C_xg/featured

Other: tiktok: @chelsea_pope

Image Credits
Cameron Rice, Nick Mastriola

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