We had the good fortune of connecting with Liv Chapman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Liv, how do you think about risk?
Risk is hard but necessary. When you first start taking risks, you’re sort of training a new muscle (at least in my experience). I have always been a planner, someone to save a lot just in case something were to happen. When I began Modeling full time I had to get used to starting each month with no guarantee of earning enough income to pay my bills. This stressed me out none the less, and over the last four months, each one makes it easier as I have learned to trust the process and trust my talent/skills within my profession and as long as I do this, the gigs will never stop flowing. Money is an unlimited resource- we can’t forget that. Some months you may work harder to get into the stream of income you want or some times gigs just find you and you earn more income than you imagined- regardless if you believe and trust yourself- you are able to do anything and you will succeed in running your own brand.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Within Modeling, I aim to inspire Women to be empowered in their sexuality. In a World where Women are over sexualized I try to set apart that stigma so that we may feel more welcomed to embrace our spirit, body, and soul through our content. What sets me a part of other models is that I try to be a big part of the creative process. I am constantly sending out different concepts, studio recommendations, and you will always catch me writing emails to different photographers/videographers day and night because this is truly my passion as well as career. It has been a rollercoaster in order to get here but as soon as I realized that this is something I not only enjoy, but am empowered to do as well as am talented at it the gigs started to come in like crazy. I now shoot about 4 times a week with some weeks being up to 8 shoots. I have learned to trust in myself and believe in myself on a totally different scale than what I used to when I worked a day job. Always always always believe in yourself and don’t let the world tell you that your dreams are too big. No dream is too big and even if you just put 1% of your effort towards your dreams each day then you will get there. Dont rush your experience and don’t compare experiences, we all get where we want to be in time. It gets hard, you have to take risks, but never stop believing- life is a rollercoaster in general and allow yourself to experience all the good and bad while still keeping your dreams in the close distance.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My favorite spot in SoCal is ‘sunken city’ down South. I would start by going to the beach down there, watching the sunset over there, and then head back to the city to one of the rooftop bars with the view of DTLA. I am a big fan of DTLA so over the visit we would have to hop on the birds and ride around the city a little to get the real ‘city life experience’. I also have been blessed to find a good group of friends in LA so we would most likely host a game night at my house with all my friends of go to their favorite bar in Glendale. The third day, we would have to go on a hike or a little road trip to Palm Springs- I love that area and being surrounded by the mountains is like no other feeling. Same with watching the sunset while up in our hike or in Palm Springs. Of course over the next couple days we would have to do the touristy stuff if they haven’t been to LA before, so: Hollywood Boulevard, The Batman Cave, Hollywood sign, Venice, Santa Monica, etc. And I think the last day we would probably hit the beach again, probably up in Malibu this time and relax for our last day.
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 would love to give a shoutout to Katie Neuhof and my brother, Daniel Chapman. Katie and my brother have been dating over 7years and have been my biggest supporters/encouragers/shoulder to cry on/and more. I have moved back and forth between LA and done a lot of jobs between these few years and these two have let me live at their house, talk to me whenever I was going through anything, and have always rushed to the rescue if I needed it. Lastly, these two have encouraged me to open up fully creatively- to not be scared of the public or of opinions of those close to me. They have taught me that my art is worthy of recognition even before I was doing Modeling full time. I can show them whatever I am working on and they are always giving me praise and I cannot thank them enough for this.
Katie Neuhof Ross Allen Justin Marra