Name: Samantha Gutstadt
Company: Nylon Magazine, Awestruck, Self
Title: Actress, Host, Content Creator, Blogger
Instagram accounts https://www.instagram.com/gutstadt/?hl=en
About Me : I am from Toronto, Canada and moved to Los Angeles after having some success in the acting world there. I am a mom to two adorable boys and live in Venice, CA. I still work as an actress, appearing in a few national commercials currently, and I appear on a show on Awestruck Network called Almost Perfect Life Hacks. I am a regular contributor to the Bottle + Heels Blog and this month was a guest blogger for Colorescience. I freelance at Nylon Magazine, hosting for them and creating digital content. I also have a few scripted comedy shows in development, all of them about Motherhood! On a side note, I was a top ranked national tennis player in Canada and competed on the world junior circuit.
What are your skills?: PR, Influencer, Production Work, Writing
What is your education?: I have my BFA in Film Studies from Canada's Ryerson University, and a post graduate degree in Communications/PR.
Interested in: Business, Collaboration, Sponsorship, Mentorship, Mentoring, Friendship, Playdates
Other interests: I still love to play tennis! I love fitness in general, and practise yoga and pilates. I love reading and am always trying to find my next book I want to start, usually fiction. I also do improv comedy and love performing and seeing shows! Mostly, I LOVE spending time with my husband and two boys on the weekends, hanging out in Venice, by the beach or discovering new adventures in LA.
Why do you want to be a part of heymama?: I would love to be a part of heymama so I can be a part of a community of like- minded moms pursuing their passions. I have always been a collaborator. I love to bring people together and some of the most amazing creative opportunities I have experienced have come from that. I want to inspire and be inspired. The best things come from when we all get together and support each other!
What are your brand goals for this year?: My brand goals this year are to still continue writing for other blogs but to also build my personal brand. I am so grateful for all the growth this year I have had, and I want to continue that with a clear direction and narrative. I want to have my own blog where I can post all my writing and content, even while it still appears elsewhere. I have a scripted comedy in development at a great network, and we are supposed to go into production in January. I am excited to make that show the best it can be, and I want to pitch my new show as well.
Words you live by/quotes you love: I know it is one commonly used, but I have lived by this quote my whole life, inspired by my own parents who have always lived "outside the box" and encouraged myself and my brothers to -
"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”
Best advice you’ve ever been given?: Truly, the best advice I've ever been given is also very straightforward and simple but has proven to serve me personally and in business - "pick your battles." I have used this advice over and over again and it can be interpreted to work in almost any scenario. Knowing when to stand up and when to back down is a huge gift and asset.