Aimee - High Key Obsessed Earrings
What advice would you give to your 15-year-old self?
I know a lot of the time, people say things like "you'll be okay" or "try harder in school" or "PLEASE don't get that haircut!" but honestly, 15-year-old me was awesome. As is 24-year-old me. I believe everything happens for a reason and I am thankful for every single thing life has thrown at me because it has shaped who I am, what I think and how I feel today. The one thing I can think of is that I'd tell a younger me to not care so much about what people think...but even then, I think in my teen years is when I developed such a strong sense of compassion, honesty and empathy - which are some of the traits I value most about myself now.
What makes you proud to be a woman?
I am ambitious, passionate, smart, funny and fierce - and I'm proud to say that! I'm proud that as a 21st-century woman I can feel confident in telling the world who I am without fear of being silenced. I'm so happy to be alive during a time where gender disparity is being acknowledged and actions towards equaling the sexes are being taken. There is still a WAY to go, but I'm excited to both watch and be a part of the movement.
What has been the biggest challenge in your career so far?
As an actor, the continuous grind of the livelihood is the biggest challenge. Balancing family, friends and career is an excellent exercise in organisation, patience and emotional stability. Specifically, concerning acting, a massive challenge is just booking an audition! The industry isn't massive in Brisbane (although it is growing), so unless one moves interstate or overseas, the opportunities are sparse.
As a business owner, the biggest challenge is getting sales! I love marketing and design but I can't actually MAKE someone buy my product! It's a constant effort to make relevant, fashionable and affordable products.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I've wanted to be an actor since I was about 13! But before then, I do remember wanting to be a photographer.
Who inspires you the most and why?
I used to say Meryl Streep (because she's an obvious Queen) but as I've gotten older, I've realised that of course the actual answer is my Mum and Dad. My Mum is so selfless, so forgiving and is the absolute greatest woman I know. My Dad has a relentless work ethic and always provides a grounded, logical voice of reason that makes me feel safe and okay in any situation.