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Meet Erin Kennedy

Today we’d like to introduce you to Erin Kennedy.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I guess I’m a little unique because I’m not solely a model. In all actuality modeling is very secondary to my day-to-day business: Horse training and riding instruction. I actually have my Bachelor’s degree in equestrian science and run a horse training and horseback riding instruction program out of Shadow Hills, CA. It is called: Golden Glen Stables. I also mix my two occupations when I rent out horses and handle horses on set for film and photography.

Horses owned by my business often get rented out for shoots, and I will ensure safe handling of the horse and assist models with their posing and interactions with the horse. I have also done a tiny bit of “stunt riding” or riding as a performer’s “double,” which I would love to do more of. In addition, I have personally used my horses in a lot of shoots (with myself as the model). Horses are the main focus, although modeling is something I’m also very passionate about and experienced in. Recently I’ve done some e-commerce/product shoots for a glam-goth clothing line, a runway show for a collaboration between some amazing rock n’ roll designers, and I often create with my fiance for fun. My favorite shoots are often those with my fiance because we are obviously comfortable around each other and we always try to get something inspiring. We like to try new ideas out on each other as well. I’ve been modeling since I was 15, and I don’t see it leaving my life anytime soon. I like to create, and modeling is my chosen artistic form.

Please tell us about your art.
Modeling: Is my chosen creative outlet. I understand it and it understands me. I like to try new things and make something that inspires others to get out there and be creative. I am also very much an advocate of self-love. I hope that the images I create empower others to create, and to love themselves enough to think, “hey, if she can do that, I can do that too.” I want to inspire the shy and the unsure to get out there and create their own beautiful art.

Horse Training/Instruction: This one’s pretty simple. Obviously, I love horses. I want to share that passion with others. I want to help re-train horses that may be considered difficult or even dangerous, into horses that can do a useful job, and be loved by somebody. I want to help aspiring riders reach their goals and progress in a positive direction. As a trainer, I think the most important part is being fair. To your horses and to your riders. Always listening to them and responding accordingly. If your rider needs an extra push, or the horse needs a bit of a reprimand…give it to them! If your rider is doing well, or your horse is behaving and performing as asked…reward and praise them! Building a friendship and a team is so important with horses and riders. I’m always striving to make every interaction positive.

What do you think about conditions for artists today? Has life become easier or harder for artists in recent years? What can cities like ours do to encourage and help art and artists thrive?
So much harder! Everything is so EXPENSIVE. Rent is higher, gas is more expensive, etc. It is very hard to stay afloat. Just support your locals! Take a chance on someone even if they are young or their business is new. Just because they have not been around for 50 years, does not make them any less qualified. In some cases, a fresh, or modern perspective may even get the job done better.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
My modeling can be found mainly on Instagram: @theerinkennedy. I do not have a modeling website. I also have a Facebook modeling page, but I suppose not many use Facebook anymore. lol.

My horse business does have a website: www.goldenglenstables.com and a Facebook and an Instagram: @goldenglenstables.

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Image Credit:
Chris Ace, Mykel Helene, David Molleck, Kabir Cardenas, Ty Franzoni

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