We had the good fortune of connecting with Samantha Sapphire and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Samantha, why did you pursue a creative career?
I followed my heart in pursuing a creative career because when I tried to think of working a job solely for financial gain whether or not it was within my interests, having a career just felt pointless/hopeless. I’m not someone who could spend every day doing something that wouldn’t bring me joy or help me grow as a person (no matter how much money it made me) & while the arts aren’t the most lucrative career choice, they make my career feel like something that matters in this world & something that makes me a better version of myself every day that I set out to create. 

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My art is my purpose. Whether it’s dancing, modeling, stilt walking, doing stagehand work, or sewing designs for my day job, all of these things make me who I am & make me proud to be that person. I’ve gotten where I am today (Los Angeles, as a full time artist) by working extremely hard for it & I continue to put in that work every single day. It was most definitely not easy, but it’s been incredibly worth it to be putting out what I consider to be my greatest gifts to the world via these different art mediums I work with full time. I want the world to know that I’m truly striving to do my best with what time I have here & if I’ve inspired at least one person when my time is up then I have done well.

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.
Living in the Pomona area has made me really appreciate supporting local businesses! I would take a visiting friend to my favorite local breweries/cideries including Ironbark Cidery, Last Name Brewing, & Rok House Brewing. I love the amount of hiking trails that are nearby as well & I’d definitely love to take my best friend to Bonita Falls & the canyon trails out in San Dimas. When things are actually up & running (curse you, COVID!) I love going to downtown Pomona on a Tuesday night for Space Taco House Tuesdays–it’s a weekly event that actually brought me close to a friend group here in SoCal before I moved here from Texas & has always been a great time for anyone who loves music.

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?
I feel like this list really could be never-ending, but when it comes to my “success” in my career the first person who comes to mind is my mother, followed by my high school stagecraft teacher, Mrs. Brooks. Without Mrs. Brooks showing my classmates & I that you could in fact have a career in theatre I would have never considered majoring in Technical Theatre in college–& without my Mom there’s definitely a whole lot more I wouldn’t have done but because of her encouragement I’ve been able to do just about anything I set my mind to. I’d like to thank Insomniac Entertainers & MsEasy, The Burning Man Project, & Arkansas Circus Arts for all giving me a place to shine, grow, & explore which of my talents will carry my career into the future.

Website: https://linktr.ee/samsapphire

Image Credits
Mattie True, Modern Papparazzo Photography, Copper Door Santa Ana

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