We had the good fortune of connecting with Christy Soeder and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Christy, how does your business help the community?
Impact is something that is so important to me that I always try to be conscious of. We all make an impact on each other and on our world whether we’re conscious of it or not. Waking up to that idea a few years ago and how that translates into our careers, businesses, and futures, really got me thinking about how I can structure my business/career with artistic integrity and make an impact for the good. When I am working as a freelance model/stylist or creative director, I am focused on creating art that uses repurposed materials, doesn’t create waste, and sends a responsible, intentional message. I absolutely love working with conscious, eco-friendly, and ethical brands, and go out of my way to champion their efforts – especially in a system that makes it difficult and expensive to uphold those values effectively and profit at the same time. I love learning about a business’s mission and am always inspired reading about the ways that they are taking care of their consumers, their employees, our animals, and our planet. I do a lot of research on brands and businesses before pitching to ensure that I know what I’m directly or indirectly supporting and putting my name on. Conscious consumerism is a powerful tool we have as customers, and our small choices can make an impact over time because consumers drive the world of supply and demand. I am proud of my values and of the ways that I have been able to uphold them in the creative world. I’m currently building a space to be able to make this a norm for all artists, creatives, brands, and business owners.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Totally! So, I started my journey as a musical theatre actress. I performed nationally and internationally from the age of 9, went on to pursue my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from Syracuse University, then transitioned to performing regionally and became an Actor’s Equity performer. Since graduating I pivoted into the modeling industry, where I’ve built a career as a represented and published commercial, fitness, lifestyle, and fit model. Telling creative stories has always been a strong passion of mine and as I grew as a performer, I discovered that I’ve always had a director’s mind and yearned to have more creative control behind the camera. I started photographing, branding, assisting, directing and creative directing my own projects simultaneously, and it opened up a whole new space for me to have a voice, tell stories, and meet other creatives. Today, I consider myself a trained multi-faceted artist who gets to use her voice intentionally to make a positive difference in the world. As an animal and environmental advocate, I use art as my tool to help, inform, and inspire. The road hasn’t been easy – there is a lot of rejection in the entertainment space. But, looking back, each rejection was a lesson that taught me what I should work on and where I should move forward. Each rejection moved me on a more specific path that was meant for me, and to me, that has been the beauty of pursuing my dreams. You never know where you’re going to end up in life, but if you stay true to yourself, say yes to opportunities that come to you, seek out space to help others succeed, and don’t settle for anything less than what you’re worth, you end up right where you’re needed and right where you should be.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Yes! I’m an earth child and love spending time soaking up the sun outdoors and eating healthy food from the earth. We would definitely rent bikes by the coast and spend the day biking the entire Southern California coast – stopping for smoothies, açaí bowls, salads, ice cream you name it! We’d go to the farmers markets, the Melrose Trading post Flea Market, and the Rose Bowl Flea Market to thrift and get creative. We’d go hiking at Los Leones in the Palisades or Runyon Canyon, and we’d have vegan tacos for dinner at Gracias Madre (and stop at Salt & Straw for their Honey Lavender ice cream for dessert!). There are so many incredible things to do in Los Angeles, but I love living here because of all of the day trips you can take. We’d definitely drive to Ojai, Palm Springs, Joshua Tree, Malibu, Laguna Beach, or even San Diego! So many options – I love when my family and friends come to visit!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I love this shoutout space so much! I am where I am because of all of the incredible humans who have supported me, believed in me, and helped me along the way. I want to dedicate my shout out to my parents, my brother Joey, my boyfriend Zack, my beautiful friends, and my incredible frequent artistic collaborators that make working and creating an absolute dream. Evan, Marie, Anisha, Ella, Glen, Daniel, Emily, Justin, Alex, Heather, Mike, Jesse, and wow just so many more lovely people, I could list for ages. As far as books go – big shout out to “A New Earth” by Eckhart Tolle – a book that helped me open my mind and start to pursue and prioritize peace.
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