We had the good fortune of connecting with Samantha Gutstadt and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Samantha, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I wanted to start my own business because I was tired of waiting for permission to be creative and be ME! I was auditioning and doing the whole Hollywood actress thing and I felt like I had so much to give creatively but wasn’t getting the opportunity. I was so grateful to be a working actress, I did 5 movies and was a regular working commercial actress but I still wanted more.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a content creator and performer. My goal with my writing, creating and performing is to reach people and move people. Move them to laugh, cry, feel heard, understood and part of a community. Comedy will always be my favorite way to reach people but I also write more serious essays and pieces. I have a very sentimental side which comes out in my writing. I’m most excited about my content studio, Don’t Call Me Mommy. We came onto the scene 3 years ago with a series that has almost over 6 million views and have been going ever since. We have several series out on platforms like Parents.com and FabFitFun and a column in Romper. I am also super proud of my social platform I’ve built up over the years. I have a 150k in my Instagram community and a blog I love curating. And then to go a full 180, I produce and host a True Crime podcast that’s climbing the charts called Where The Bodies are Buried. We solved a cold case in episode 1 which is crazy and are currently as I’m typing this breaking news with maybe solving another. You can subscribe wherever you listen to your podcasts. My journey has NOT been easy (ha!) As most people in my business, I have struggled, had a lot of false starts, let downs, all the things. I’ve been cut out of movies, been down to me and one girl for a lead and signed contracts and then had jobs go away. I have learned that for every yes I had to get 100 no’s. That it’s all worth it for that yes. I have learned that if I keep my head down and stay true to myself and what I want to create, I’ll get there. We all have stories to share and they are all important and we are all creators. And that no isn’t necessarily no, just not right now. What do I want the world to know about my brand and story? That it might look like this happened overnight for me, but I have been working away since I was a kid at this. That all the challenges, false starts, no’s, it all led me here, and I’m so grateful for it all cause I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be! I create because I want to share real truths in a relatable way. I want to connect and share and listen. I don’t exclude or judge. And I hope to bring you all a lot of joy and laughs along the way!
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.
Ooh. I have actually done this, so fun! I live in LA, specially the westside near the beach. Here we go! We’d definitely start day 1 on the water, brunch on Abbot Kinney at Gjelina. Then we’d walk around and check out Aviator Nation and all the other fun spots there. We’d make our way to the beach and walk the Venice Beach Boardwalk towards the Santa Monica Pier. We’d check out the 3rd Street Promenade and stay and have dinner at Elephante rooftop. Then we’d go check out the shops at Santa Monica Place. Day 2 – let’s continue our beach theme and head to Malibu. We’d start with brunch on the Malibu Pier at Malibu Farms. Next a hike in Solstice Canyon. Then a must is just heading the Zuma or Point Dume. We’d end the day with dinner at Nobu and of course a visit to Malibu Country Mart. Day 3 – Beverly Hills and Weho. We’d have to check out Soho House Weho and Rodeo Drive and Melrose and all that! Maybe dinner at Chateau Marmont for a true Hollywood Experience. Day 4- Hollywood and DTLA – I love DTLA but I think Hollywood is a must for tourists, the walk of fame, Rosevelt hotel and Kodak theatre. We’d have to see Staples and then head to the beauty DTLA arts district to shop and grab dinner. Bestia is my fave downtown. Day 5 – You can’t visit LA and not do a studio tour right? I love Warner Brothers or Universal. After a fun day there, dinner in the valley on Ventura because you have to experience the amazing food in the valley right? Day 6 – I think a fun local day in Brentwood where I live is a must. First we’d go nearby to Palisades Village and shop and grab brunch at The Draycott. Next we’d head to the Brentwood country mart to see the cute shops and have a pastry at FarmShop. We’d end the day with dinner at Katsuya because it’s SO good! Tada!
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?
There are so many people who I recognize have been a huge part of my journey to where I am now and have either opened doors, encouraged me or supported me, but the main star of the show is for sure my husband Ron. He gets number 1 spot! Ron moved out to LA from Canada for me and my dreams. Every step of the way, he’s supported me, encouraged me and told me I could do whatever I set my mind to. He makes me brave and gives me the leeway to be me. He also is my best critic, editor, DP, photographer…all the things.
Ographr, Flytographer (pic w kids)