Today we’d like to introduce you to Samantha Skye.
Hi Samantha, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers.
I’m born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Although, my career was built down in Miami so we were there a lot. I started modeling at the age of 10 and acting at the age of 12. Shortly after, my little sister and I joined The Teen Board (learn more here: http://bescenemag.blogspot.com/2010/06/teen-board.html) where we were taught to pose properly and strut down the runway.
Instead of defining ourselves by our stories, we learned to use them to lift up others who are going through similar situations, thanks to Gail Despian and her team. My mom, Tristina, had the foresight to sign me up for Facebook and Instagram back in 2013. As I worked, she acted as my on-site photographer and videographer, sharing my on-set experiences and adventures, along with friends I made in the entertainment industry. She modeled for Vespa back in the day!
One day, mom used a filter I didn’t like so I asked if I could edit the photo next time. She turned everything over to me and I have been building them ever since! I’m grateful she set everything up and made so many of my initial contacts permanent through social media connections. Tina is a master networker!
I was always more developed than my age so, when I was in my mid-teens I had a hard time booking. Typically, casting directors hire older to play younger and I was the complete opposite. I looked a little older but was under 18, which means more work restrictions on set. So, we flew to LA and I passed the California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE) so I could work as Legal 18. Around that time, I walked runway after runway down in Miami.
I walked for fabulous designers in Rock Fashion Week, Miami Beach International Fashion Week (MBIFW ), Expo Colombia, Fort Lauderdale Fashion Week, etc. I was featured in Seventeen Magazine as a “real girl” for three years straight when I was 16, 17, and 18. I even found myself in Elle Magazine which was a dream come true!
I booked a few speaking roles – a rendition of Charlie’s Angels which aired on ABC and a flight attendant on Tycoon and more – have made great connections with casting directors who knew me from a young age. I have been a SAG-AFTRA actor since 2011. When I was getting my A.A. from Broward College, I volunteered at a public school through the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s BookPALS literacy program.
Basically, I read to students in two different classrooms, back to back, for about 2 years. Plus, I ended up donating a few of my old books. I moved to Atlanta sight unseen in January 2019, as many starving artists do these days, with a car full of stuff and even bigger dreams. Long story short, the city wasn’t what I had hoped for – not to mention, the pandemic hit after a series of unfortunate events.
In-person castings went extinct and I was in Atlanta for no reason because self-tapings could be done from home.
I was t-boned in Feb. 2019 so that helped me get a jump start on really building out my socials. What else is there to do when you’re lying in bed with years of content sitting at your fingertips?
So, I kept at it for a long time and continued throughout the pandemic, whereas a lot of content creators were just starting out. I had quality content galore, as well as a wealth of knowledge about the influencer industry. I have done consulting for big brands including Stuckey’s. Their pecan logs are DIVINE!
As of now, I am a full-time college student pursuing my B.A. in Digital Communications & Multimedia Journalism (an ever-growing industry) from USF St. Petersburg. I am also a part-time content creator and influencer helping brands increase their visibility by sharing their story.
My @SkyeGirlz Instagram is all about travel, lifestyle, and fashion with a hint of activism for women’s rights.
Whereas, my @FoodieSkye Instagram is a blog for all things food and drinks. I just started a new account called @TheSustainableHypocrite to promote my blog with the same title as I’m a big fan of sustainability and have shared about it many times before on @SjyeGirlz but I needed to niche down on that account.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
For the most part, yes. I’m grateful to have been raised in a loving family that always lived in abundance. My sisters (3 total) and I were never hungry, but we weren’t spoiled rotten either. We have a half-brother from London, which sucks because we didn’t get to spend much time with him growing up.
Although we had brilliant lawyers that kept us in the house for a few years, we lost our home in the 2008 crash like many other families but we were never homeless thank goodness. Basically, my dad is a luxury real estate agent in Fort Lauderdale and, when the market crashed, his clients and prospective clients went broke or were being very careful so expensive homes weren’t in demand.
(One time my mom took me to an agency for a go-see so we could see if they were the right fit for representation and the agent I sat down with said “Go lose two inches and come back to us.” This is when my hips measured 36″, a healthy size for my height. No, I wasn’t stick thin and I refused to conform to the industry standard of beauty.
I shared about these experiences on @SkyeGirlz, which is what I think really resonated with my audience – someone being totally transparent about their experiences without sugarcoating what life is like as a model). My parents divorced after that, which was something that threw me into a deep depression for a few years. Although rare, I even had thoughts of suicide as I didn’t see much value in my life. Luckily, thoughts of my family helped me to hold on to better times.
In 2016, my dad sent me to a wellness center to heal from the trauma of their separation. At first, I thought he was sending me to a loony bin and freaked out. Once I realize he was sending me to the jungle to do plant medicine, I calmed down and was appreciative of his understanding. It’s called Rythmia Life Advancement Center and, at the time, I believe it was the only place in the world where they legally administered ayahuasca.
Before the ceremony, we did rape or jungle tobacco to open our minds to the possibility of this psychedelic medicine to heal, It was a most powerful journey and I learned a lot about myself. In fact, it helped to change the way I look at myself and others. Now, I have a much more positive outlook on life, and I microdose mushrooms every once in a while to stay sane.
Before then, my uncle Joe passed away. He was my rock. After, when I was in Atlanta, both of my maternal grandparents passed about a month apart. Don and Angie Dietz were my best friends and I had a very hard time coping with their deaths. Thinking of them still makes me super emotional.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I’m a content creator and social media strategist. I have 3 Instagram accounts of my own and work as a consultant for individual creators and brands that make an impact.
I have my TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certification and, once I have my B.A., I’ll be able to travel the world teaching English online (which will replace my full-time school load.
What were you like growing up?
I was a drama queen, always very animated. I guess you could have called me larger than life. My smile lit up every room and I was the life of the party. To say I was an extrovert would have been an understatement.
I was also very intrigued by adults and hardly hung out with kids my age if I had the opportunity to chat with an adult. I’m very well-traveled so maybe I had more in common with them. I was a total tomboy and had a female friend or two but mostly hung out with the boys.
Sometimes I wonder if I was supposed to be born a woman. Now, I like to dress up which I’m sure is a product of the modeling industry. I always loved painting and getting creative in general. My mom is an artist @DietzArt so I definitely get that from her.
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/skyegirlz/?hl=en https://www.instagram.com/foodieskye/?hl=en https://www.instagram.com/thesustainablehypocrite/?hl=en
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SamanthaSkyeFanPage/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/skyegirlz?lang=en
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