We had the good fortune of connecting with Chelsey Goldsmith and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chelsey, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
I think we should recreate this statement. ‘How to know whether to keep growing on this path, or take a turn to another path.’ I, like many others, have found myself in situations that I’ve labeled myself as a failure, procrastinator, amateur, or less than. This stems from me thinking that others are above me in some way. “She/He finished this project, why can’t I?” And then when I don’t finish or get to the level of whoever I’m admiring, I think myself as one who came up short, to which I respond by “giving up.” Over time I realized that I will focus on staying in the moment, and do what I feel ADDS to my wholeness. I’m a stuntwoman and have less experience than a lot of my peers. In becoming a skilled performer on set, one gets to learn many different weapon styles, martial arts, sports, tricks, and tumbling passes. In the beginning it was a little overwhelming for me. I thought I had to be great at everything really fast. At many points I could have “given up,” but instead I focused on what aligned with my truth in that moment. For example, I am not the best roller skater, but I LOVE doing it. I love learning new tricks as time goes on. In the moments where I can make a decision to continue to learn or put the skates in the closet and never return, I choose whatever Chelsey wants in the moment. In this case, learning spins on roller-skates makes me smile and laugh and radiate joy, therefore I will continue doing the spins(I’m not the best at).
I follow Gary Vee, and inspirational speaker, motivator, father, and business man, on most social media platforms. I remember him saying to a woman who had been at the same job for 20 years after she was complaining about her happiness but torn between her nice pay and starting over, that “maybe you scratched that itch.” Something so small but so profound to me in that chapter of my life. What an opportunity we have as humans to do what makes us happy….until it doesn’t. I also think people get caught up in the, “I’ve put in so much work,” “Did I just waste my time?”, “But I’m good at it.” You won’t lose the experience or things you’ve learned from the past, so it will only make you more equipped to handle your future path/journey.
My fiancé actually told me this morning, after I was expressing financial concern for our dream wedding in Switzerland…”Better to die with memories than dreams.” And that’s the life I choose to live from this point on.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am an athletic performer that adds action driven affects to scenes in film/TV forwarding the plot of actors and actresses. I am a stuntwoman:)
I love what I do and I do what I love. I combine all of the things I love: Movement, collaboration, and human spirit.
I arrived to where I am today with passion, perseverance, and choosing to live my truth in each moment. As a stuntie, we often rely heavily on others like us. Being that there is an element of danger at times, I believe this is why our community is so bonded and tight knit. At the end of the day, we all have each others 6. There is trust. Most challenges I’ve faced have been easily overcome by going into my own mind and knowing that every drop of sweat, dollar spent, tear cried, muscle torn has been for something that I truly love. I have learned over my few years doing this that I am not only hired for my skill, will, and determination, but my personality. I am easy to work with. That is something I got to learn about myself over time. I’m not the best martial artist, tricker, or driver but I know when I step on a set, you will ALWAYS get 100% of me and I will keep our team safe. I’m trustworthy and I am malleable. I’m not afraid to ask questions. I’m going to carry pads. I will watch after my actress and I will make sure they are always safe. I stay open minded. These are things I look for in people I work with as well, so I can only expect the same out of me. This may be applicable to your job as well..and quite honestly anywhere you go in life. Going to the grocery store, a parent teacher conference, meeting with your boss, family event, with a clear open mind and willing to learn…you will not be stopped. That radiates to those around you and they automatically want more of that energy. You become dependable when people get your authentic NOT-all knowing self:) I haven’t lived long, but for my experience so far, this has brought better situations and higher vibes to my life so far.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Oh.em.gee! 1. When you land I would definitely take you to Super Burger in Pasadena. We would then take a walk around the Americana Mall in Burbank and finish the day with Jenis Ice cream!
2. I’d have to show you Santee Alley shops! and the rest of the day rollerskating at Venice Beach(I’d probably also take you for a tattoo experience lol) and then end the day of course with Jeni’s ice cream
3. I have grown to LOOOVE Thai food! My favorite restaurant is Jitlada in Hollywood! A MUST TRY!
4.Jeni’s Ice cream(Gooey Butter Cake-to be exact!)
5. I’d HAVE to take you to a couple of my favorite training spots JAM in Van Nuys, Vortex in Burbank, and 8711 in Inglewood. Some of the best of the best go to these places, so some pretty cool vibes!
6. Goat yoga in Calabassas then coffee and pulled pork breakfast burrito in Burbank at Coffee Commissary
7. Breakfast at Jacks n’ Joe in LA, Then big stairs in Culver City then Calamari and movie at the Arclight in Hollywood
8. Take a boat out to Catalina for a weekend and scuba dive!
9. Archery range in Woodley Park then get a donut ice cream at Afters
10. Route 66 Shooting range then to Baldwin hills overlook! Dinner at The Pizza Man in Pasadena
11. Last but not least.. on your way out, a Blue Bottle Latte and Jeni’s ice cream gift card lol!
12. These are extra:
Night market(Thai food)
The Waffle (on Sunset)
The Grove (Outside mall)
Eaton Canyon Falls (hiking trail)
LA Axe throwing
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would love to shout out: Hippie Tiktok lol
My father Richard Goldsmith
Anatomy of the Spirit by Caroline Myss, PH.D.
My Tiktok Audience
Other: Tiktok: @Chelly.pop
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