We had the good fortune of connecting with Kendall Swenson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kendall, what’s one piece of conventional advice that you disagree with?
I am professionally both an actor and a makeup artist. When I was younger, I was told that I had to “pick a lane”. I tried to follow that for a while, but it didn’t work for me. Now, I realize that it didn’t work because it doesn’t resonate with me at all as an artist. My creativity wants to be expressed in so many different ways, and if I pick a lane, then I’m not growing and fully expressing who I am. I was recently inspired by Marie Forleo, who encourages creatives to embrace being “multipassionate”. I found this to be very freeing, and great advice. I now give myself permission to follow inspiration and pursue multiple creative paths without allowing myself to be put inside one box.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I think that I got where I am today by having both persistence as well as a growth mindset. I think that when you are a creative, it can be challenging to stay motivated at all times. You feel the desire to express your creativity, but you also have to consciously engage your left brain to think of ways to create opportunities and move your career forward. And you have to be persistent in the face of challenges, because ultimately you are only responsible to yourself. I also think that having a growth mindset helps to keep me to keep moving forward. I am always looking to sharpen my skills by taking different workshops and learning new techniques. I don’t think you can ever stop learning about your craft and I like to challenge myself.
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?
I would head up to Big Bear and rent a cabin for a few nights during snow season. Then, one morning we would drive back and hit the beach. There’s something so authentically Californian about being able to have your feet in both the snow and the sand in the same day. I’ve always loved riding bikes along the strand, and then we would probably have dinner somewhere in Hermosa Beach.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I am so fortunate to have had the love and support of my family. They have always encouraged me to pursue my artistic careers and are so important to me.
The one black and white photo of me applying makeup is Brigitte Patterson Photography