We had the good fortune of connecting with Theresa Christine and Suzanne Schmedding and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Theresa Christine and, is there a quote or affirmation that’s meaningful to you?
Theresa Christine: A book I love to revisit is Amy Poehler’s Yes, Please, and as a writer I value her thoughts on the craft of writing—although her advice could apply to almost anything. She said, “You do it because the doing of it is the thing. The doing is the thing. The talking and worrying and thinking is not the thing.” This quote speaks to how it’s so tempting to complicate things. I spent too long thinking about becoming a travel writer, thinking about writing a novel, and thinking about producing The Wild and Curious Podcast, but now that I’m doing all those things I only wish I’d started sooner. I’m prone to worrying and overthinking, but that doesn’t get me anywhere. At the end of the day it’s all about doing the thing.
Suzanne Schmedding: I have many that I love, but I think my favorite quote is “Begin Anywhere,” attributed to the late composer John Cage. I’d first heard it about 10 years ago while I was going through a rugged time, and it was one of the few thoughts that reached me when I felt I was at the bottom of a well. To me, it is a call to the toughness within, saying, “Ok. This is where you are now. So what? Start there, with exactly what you have.” It means that there is never a perfect beginning or circumstances other than what is in front of you. To be able to work with that, through that, from right where you are now, is the epitome of strength and grace.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Theresa Christine: I come from a travel writing background, so The Wild and Curious is an extension of that. I was always drawn to writing stories that were focused around the female experience. With The Wild and Curious, I get to speak with extraordinary womxn around the world who are breaking down cultural barriers in the place that they live, and it offers listeners a chance to experience the culture in a meaningful way—sort of like when you travel and meet a cool local who invites you into their house for tea. In the past, we’ve spoken with tech entrepreneurs in Afghanistan, the founder of a women’s only off-road race in the US, someone battling period poverty in her hometown in Uganda, and so many more.
I think if I could tell people anything about our brand story, it’s that we’re just beginning! The pandemic put a pause on us interviewing people in person, but once it’s safe to do so we’re looking forward to the opportunities to meet our guests in person more.
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?
Suzanne Schmedding: I have actually given my essential L.A. tour to visiting friends, and the first thing I do is always get the big tourist things out of the way, like the Hollywood sign, the Walk of Fame, and Grauman’s. They’re famous for a reason, most visitors at least want to see them, and they’re also fun to remind myself of all the glamour of Hollywood. Then comes the Mexican food. My absolute favorite is El Compadre on Sunset, or I like finding a taco truck by the beach or in front of LACMA, both also in the tour. After that, it really becomes about exploring my favorite neighborhoods. I love the Venice canals, but would never want to skip the arts district and The Last Bookstore downtown. I’d make sure there was at least some driving down the PCH and through Malibu, with some fancy hipster shopping in Silver Lake. If it were summer and open, I’d definitely do a movie in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and at least once go up to Griffith Observatory for a view of the city.
Theresa Christine: I’m the type of traveler who would rather skip the touristy sights and experience a place as much like a local as possible—plus I despise driving—so I like to share my own neighborhood with people who visit. I love Los Feliz, Silver Lake, and the little corner of Thai Town that I’m in! Walking up Hillhurst and Vermont Avenue is one of my favorite things to do—there’s boutiques, cute restaurants, a bookstore, and even a movie theater. It’s nice to hike up to Griffith Observatory. I’d definitely take guests to check out a fitness class at Hype Silver Lake because they’re so fun, a glass of wine at Lolo, and a picnic in Barnsdall Art Park. There’s so much delicious food in this area alone, so I think a lot of our time would be spent eating…acai bowls at Mestizo Cafe, breakfast tacos at Homestate, a fancy dinner at Little Dom’s…I’m hungry just thinking about it! Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Theresa Christine: The mother/daughter duo who run KR Squared Productions, Katy Rhamey and Kate Rhamey, have brainstormed with me from some of the early stages of The Wild and Curious. They were beyond excited by a show that would highlight women’s stories around the world, and their enthusiasm only made me more confident and motivated. They’re an amazing sounding board and with any luck post-pandemic, we’ll be working with them even more closely!
Suzanne Schmedding: This type of question is so tough, because I can’t imagine any success without the efforts and influences of so many. I wouldn’t be doing our show without Theresa, and I wouldn’t have met Theresa if not for the encouragement of my friends Sarah and Tim to take a chance on a new roommate. I wouldn’t have listened to them if I hadn’t been on antidepressants thanks to the support of my other friends Caitlyn and Kim, or my doctor who I might not have needed if I hadn’t been broken up with so horribly by my ex, and it goes on and on and on. Suffice to say that I have a village of mentors and love and encouragement and I need ALL of them to function. Except my ex. He’s dead to me.
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