We had the good fortune of connecting with Samantha Gutstadt and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Samantha, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
What I like to attribute most to my success thus far I think is my resiliency and ability to pivot. I also have never let the the word “no” trip me up. I have been able to turn no’s into not right nows and have built my brand and business on taking risks.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a writer, performer and business founder/owner. I turned my passion and skillset for writing and acting into owning my own content studio Don’t Call Me Mommy. I think what sets me apart from others in my field is the diversity of my skillset. I came to LA as an actress but I also went to film school and learned how to write, direct and produce. I built up my social media platform and have become very well versed in that world as well. I like to think I offer a unique voice in the comedy space because not only can I act, but I create the content too and promote it! How did I get to this exact place where I create my own content? It was a long and windy path but ultimately I continued to do what I loved, not taking no as a no but more as a “let’s discuss later”, pivoting (a lot!) and constantly thinking of ways to be different and stand out in a very saturated business that is at times is truly unforgiving. I overcame challenges with perseverance and by staying focused on my goals. The lessons I’ve learned are – put time into relationships because this business is all about the relationships you nurture, no is not no, it can mean not right now, and be fearless, pitch yourself, know your worth and go for it! What do I want the world to know about my brand and story? That I’m here to bring levity and laughter to real moments that can be hard to talk about. That comedy CAN be therapy.
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.
I have actually done this IRL quite a bit so I like to think I have it down! Here goes: Venice Beach – walk down Abbot Kinney, check out Aviator Nation and grab a smoothie at Kreation. Walk the boardwalk and people and surf watch. Malibu: Drive the PCH, grab lunch at Cafe Habana and then head to hike in the Malibu Hills. After cool down at Paradise Cove. Hollywood and Beverly Hills: Walk around the famous Rodeo Drive area and grab La Scalla’s chopped salad. Next check out Melrose place and grab a coffee at Alfred’s. Head down the Sunset Strip and end up at the Chinese Theatre, get out and walk to see the handprints and have a drink at the Roosevelt Hotel Lobby Bar. End your night downtown in the Arts District at Redbird and walk around to check out this up and coming neighborhood! The Westside: Be a local and head to the Brentwood Country mart for a coffee and muffin at Farmshop and browse the adorable stores. Then head to Montana Ave and walk around checking out the shops. End the day with dinner on the 3rd Street Promenade at Elephante and walk the entire promenade checking out musicians, shops and more.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to dedicate my Shoutout to my family! They all support me every step of the way and cheer me on when things get hard or self doubt creeps in.
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