We had the good fortune of connecting with Haylee Baldwin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Haylee, how do you think about risk?
One of my favorite quotes is from Mark Zukerberg: “The biggest risk is not taking any risk.”
If it weren’t for me taking risks, my life and career would look so much different. At 22, I packed up my car and drove from Winston-Salem, North Carolina to Los Angeles, California to purse acting. I decided I was moving to LA in July 2021 and started my solo cross country road trip in August 2021. I moved with no job, no acting experience, and no real plan for how I was going to make money. I just convinced myself that somehow, someway, everything would work out. Although I felt crazy and still do sometimes when I really think about it, I couldn’t be happier that I took this risk.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
As cliché as it may sound, I believe my drive, work ethic and focus sets me apart from others. I’m always working and/or thinking about how to improve my craft, look, skills, etc. Anything that will potentially increase my chance of success, I’m doing it. Anything that will potentially decrease my chance of success or not push me forward, I want nothing to do with it. These personality traits are something I’m proud of and I think they will really help me out in the coming years and throughout my journey to become an actress.
While my drive, work ethic and focus have helped me transcend, there have also been things that have help me back in the past. In high school and parts of college, I had zero self-confidence. I was involved in multiple abusive relationships that made my confidence even worse. I struggled to love myself for many years.
Even though I’ve gained confidence and began to love myself more, it’s still a common battle. While I have days where I’m confident, I also have days where I feel like I’m incompetent. I compare myself to others, talk bad to myself, and lose my typically positive mindset. I would say the biggest struggle along the way has been learning to love/believe in myself, and I’m proud that I’m working to get better at that everyday. Dealing with struggles head on will only make me stronger in the end, so I’m thankful that my journey hasn’t been 100% easy.
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.
Honestly I haven’t taken the time to explore LA much so I don’t know of many interesting and exciting people, places, or things to check out. However, I’ve had a chance to visit Malibu a few times for photoshoots and it’s one of my favorite places I’ve been in the area so far. It’s beautiful, quiet, and there seems to be tons of cute restaurants and coffee shops to visit. I would most definitely take my best friend here!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My mom deserves all the credit. She has made me the independent, confident and motivated person that I am today. Ever since I can remember, she has instilled in me that I can do anything I set my mind to and has always encouraged me to live life to the fullest. She’s truly my biggest supporter and I don’t know where I’d be without her.
Photos 1 & 8 (headshots) – Deidhra Fahey Photos 3 & 5 (white background) – Andre Soto Photo 4 (beach) – Photo Mark