Today we’d like to introduce you to Aspen Spellman.
Aspen, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I had two more years left until I finished my undergraduate degree. I decided to fulfill my dreams and moved cross-country to California in 2015. I graduated in 2017 with my bachelor’s in Strategic and Corporate Communication with a minor in Leadership. I decided to take a leap and move to Los Angeles after graduation; it felt like the right thing to do.
I was born in Colorado Springs, CO, and grew up in Mclean, VA (aka the DMV area), so moving to LA was a big culture shock. The east coast and West coast were very different, in my opinion, but I was open to everything it was ready to offer and teach me. The catalyst for me moving to LA was to pursue my passion for being in front of the camera. I have always loved modeling, playing in makeup, and beauty. At the age of 17, I completed the VA State Board Exam to receive my Cosmetology license.
When I was growing up, it was infrequent to see models or public-facing role models who looked like me; a black woman, 5’3″, and curves that didn’t fit the archetype of an “hourglass” figure. As a result, my childhood and teenage years were spent hating my body and doing anything to feel pretty. As time went on and my network in Los Angeles expanded, I found myself working photoshoots for established brands while building my social platforms and collaborating with brands on their digital platforms. Being a representation and advocating to normalize ALL bodies that have been covered for far too long is my goal. It’s about damn time for us to peel back the layers and years of self -hate, expose unhealthy diet culture, and stop shrinking ourselves. It’s time for us to feel empowered in the ways we take up space.
I am currently working full-time as a Marketing Executive for a sexual-wellness brand based in Los Angeles, CA, and modeling. I also co-host a podcast called “Oral Fixation” podcast with my friend and co-worker Sally. We explore all things sex, dating, love, and intimacy. I feel like 2020 will be the next chapter of my life that will change my life forever.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The main struggles that I faced was:
– Combating imposter syndrome in the workplace when starting my first big girl job.
– Self-doubt and second-guessing my abilities.
– And lastly, navigating this adulting life in a new city away from everything I know.
Please tell us more about your work. What do you do? What do you specialize in? What sets you apart from competition?
I specialize in all things marketing! I believe every one-off gig I’ve had or real job I’ve worked there is always some aspect of marketing/PR involved. When it comes to my social media platforms and modeling gigs I see how the power of marketing yourself as a brand and focusing on specific topics is what creates people to come to your page/channel/podcast/. Then to make them stay you must give them something that they can process and apply to their lives.
I believe what sets me apart from others is my goofy, glamorous, yet “takes no bullshit” but sweet as pie attitude. And that what others think about me is none of my business. So I will also do what I want to do regardless.
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
If I had to start over, I would stop taking the small things seriously.
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