We had the good fortune of connecting with Sequoia Emmanuelle and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sequoia, what principle do you value most?
I think it’s so important to have strong values.
Some of the things that matter to me are, being a person of their word, having integrity, being honest and treating people with kindness. These are some of the values instilled in me as a child, and still to this day I live by these values and always appreciate being surrounded by others that practice these things.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My journey in life and as a creator has absolutely had a plethora of challenges. I have had many beautiful experiences in my childhood, and just as many tough and traumatic events happen to me.
I don’t think my life has ever been easy but I do feel that I have lived a full life with such a wide variety of experiences and lessons that have made me who I am.
I was born and raised with an unconventional upbringing and surrounded by many unique beings and circumstances, and because of that I have created a life full of adventure, risk taking and following my heart. I have been a dreamer and followed the path of creating my dream job and career, as well as the kind of love and family I wanted to have.
What stands out with my art, is that I am not someone who cares about being trendy or doing what everyone else is doing.
I try to stay true to myself and the core of my inspirations. I never stop working on my growth as a human or a creative artist. I never want to be stuck or stagnant in anything I do, so as much as possible I am pushing myself.
It’s not always easy to be an artist, and it comes with all kinds of challenges, but in my heart of hearts, it is what my soul has come here to do. I want to be an inspiration to the world around me.
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 live Downtown, so I have some favorite spots that I would start with. I love the Nomad Hotel, to stay at, but also I love having dinner or drinks inside or on the rooftop in the summer. It’s so incredibly beautiful at the Nomad. It’s a great place to get dressed up in your fancy attire and sparkles, and feel fabulous!
I also love Perch for drinks on the rooftop, Joey DTLA for people watching, yummy food and drinks, and Cliffton’s is a fun experience, as it has 5 levels of different themed rooms and lounges, usually with performances and music.
Downtown (before Covid) had so many events happening.. Slowly it’s starting to come back.
Going to the West side, to the beaches, or Ocean in Malibu is a must of course!
One of my favorite getaways is traveling to Joshua Tree! Find a cool airbnb and get inspired in the magical desert!
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?
Over my life, there are tons and tons of people and influences that I would love to shout out and show my appreciation too. Since I have to name one for now, I have to give this shout out to my dearest Phil Segelstrom. Unfortunately last year he suffered a terrible stroke and has been severely brain damaged. He has been on my mind and in my heart so much, as he deserves so much credit for who I have become as a person and also pretty much the reason I became a photographer.
He met my mother and I when I was about 3 years old, after he photographed me dancing at an event. Because of that, he met my mother and they fell in love. He was a unique soul. He lived in Minneapolis, MN, and he was a fashion and portrait photographer with a studio in his home. He loved vintage fashion and would collect men’s and women’s clothes, hats and jewelry, and use them to style his photo shoots. He was also a jewelry maker, performer at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, a welder and later on in life became a Shamanic crystal healer. I could write a book about Phil… and one day I will.
When my mom and I moved in with him, we all became such an artistic family. My mom was a painter, dancer, artist and I began doing photo shoots with Phil and learning all about photography, lighting and style. We all pretty much lived and breathed art together and from all of this, I believe I was destined to be an artist! I have so much more to say about all of this, but we will have a book at the end of it!
I will always be incredibly grateful to Phil for being such an amazing father figure, mentor and healer in my life and I miss him so much.