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Life & Work with Sammy Todd

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sammy Todd.

Hi Sammy, 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 backstory with our readers?
Being an actress is probably my longest-lasting dream. Growing up in Maine, there is not much work in the entertainment industry. Acting was always a passion and an extracurricular of mine. I studied business administration in University and gained a lot of public speaking experience. While in University, I took acting as elective courses.

After graduating, I immediately moved across the country to Los Angeles. After arriving, I found myself going back to my passion of acting. I was serving and bartending so that I could support myself and pursue acting. This was when I started modeling to stand out as an actor. I am mediately fell in love with modeling! I had never imagined that it would’ve opened so many doors for me.

After over two years of having “survival jobs” I took the risk of plunging into full-time acting and modeling. It was at this moment that the opportunities truly presented themselves to me. I truly believe that I could never have come to this point without having so much love for what I do. I would work till 5am as a server then head to set to make call time. Or get two hours of sleep so that I could wake up in time for a photoshoot. You see, I was willing to do what it took so that I could act and model. I was often exhausted but so happy.

Since acting and modeling full time, I’ve been published in several magazines. I was a supporting lead in the indie feature film Watch your Six by Professional Hood Entertainment, and I’ve joined SAG-AFTRA (Actors Union) becoming eligible from vouchers and a Taft Hartley contract at the same time.

I believe that when we do what we love, we can create the pathway to our dreams!

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Because I’m very driven when it comes to my career and happy go luck by nature, it may seem as though I’ve had very few obstacles. This could not be farther from the truth. To begin with, my life is somewhat of what I would have previously thought of as a fairy tale. Many have told me that my goals are “unrealistic.” And I had to fight the status quo and what I thought I “should” do with my life. When I made the choice to start acting and modeling, it meant a huge step back for me finally and a huge risk. Not to mention that I felt like I was letting down the people in my life. People who cared about me but had other expectations for me. Indeed, it wasn’t the typical path of a recent business school grad. For years I kept service and retail jobs just to support my ability to begin down my acting and modeling career path.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I’m a model and actress here in LA. I grew up in a small town in Maine, went to Bishop’s University in Canada, then promptly drove across the country after graduation. I had no job, apartment and knew nobody. But I had a dream. I built my career off of creative collaborations with fellow artists. Pushing my creativity and following my inner motivation eventually brought me to a place where I can do what I love every day! I often work on film sets, e-commerce photo shoots, and you can find my modeling work in magazines. I have an appreciation for many of the less glamours aspects of the entertainment industry. I believe There’s something special about seeing the sunrise and set while on the same film set. And, I often love playing the villain and misunderstood characters.

Have you learned any interesting or important lessons due to the Covid-19 Crisis?
The amount of valuable lessons that I learned from Covid 19 is remarkable. It taught me how to be more adaptable of course. But it also showed me how quickly the world can change. Most importantly, it showed me that nothing is “stable” so, you may as well do what makes you happy. Prior to Covid, I’d always heard of entertainment industry being an “unstable” source of income. And yet, I’m now considered an essential working in an essential industry.

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Image Credits
First two: Tony Adams (@tonyadams) Last four (set): Oliver Endahl (@aestheteandderive)

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