Interview with Susie Jetta: I met Susie a few months back while I was meeting with a mutual friend. She was working as a bartender at a restaurant in South Florida and I began to learn about her passion for photography and make-up. I was able to become a fan of her creative work through social media and was quickly inspired by her talent and ambition. Take time to get to know her yourself through this Q&A!
1. Share what it is that you do.
I am a photographer and make up artist by day, bartender and superhero by night.
2. What accomplishments are you most proud of thus far?
First off let’s just say I did not go to college. The extensive amount of influential and creative geniuses I have had the privilege of working with is something I am very proud of. I am able to work with anybody, whether it be guiding someone or going underneath someone else’s wing. I believe that is what has gotten me this far. I’m not afraid of being the little guy. Do not be afraid of being wrong and taking criticism. When working creatively, I find collaborations to be much more effective than building a personal empire. Others’ talent gets to be showcased. I have worked with big names, but I’m not focused on working with big names as much as wanting to give a beautiful image to the smaller ones.
3. What are your ultimate goals? Short term, Long term.
This is a hard question, no one knows where their own creations may lead them. Short term, I want to be supporting myself entirely at a young age, its still a struggle as it is for everyone. Long term, hopefully some of that expansion leads to a mega yacht or my own gallery. But most importantly if I am able to get a relatable message across about the environment and human greed I will feel fulfillment.
It all started this past summer with bar tending at HeartRock sushi in Lighthouse Point, Florida, right in between Boca and Fort Lauderdale. I was forced to clean up my act as a person basically, if I wanted a job. I learned the importance of hard work, consistency, and customer service there, which rooted back to my parents. I was able to see how my father was so successful and how talented my mother was, and they became proud of me too. Celebrity wise, Annie Leibovitz is my favorite photographer. I love Kate Winslet, Heath Ledger, and Angelina Jolie also.
5. What keeps you motivated?
If I’m gonna drag my a$$ out of bed, it better be a good, productive day. If you have any type of ADD like I do, you must focus it on working on a project to not get sidetracked during the day. If you don’t feel like working out like the rest of the world, organize your house, a clear house is a clear mind.
6. What is your favorite quote?
Kindness is more than deeds. It is an attitude, an expression, a look, a touch. It is anything that lifts another person. ~ Goethe
7. What are you working on NOW?
I am currently swamped with photos from this past week, I did a reality tv host/songwriter’s album photos yesterday. I also am editing a fun spread for a vintage clothing company, shot with a skateboarder and playboy model, all styled by my boyfriend. I am shooting a Fox sports reporters’ new bikini line after Christmas, amongst a few other various things.
What is YOUR guilty pleasure?
Cooking and baking innovative and easy recipes. I turned vegetarian 2 months ago, and I think being able to create food that is equally as flavorful and colorful is impressive. Some of the best chefs in the world are vegetarian. I am NOT vegan, because I find it not relatable and doesn’t fit my lifestyle. The amount of food vegans reject must be downright sinful. Veganism leads people to believe you have to eat grass for dinner, its not relatable. But if you saw how good it is to eat without meat, ladies…
When I’m not making a mess in the kitchen, I couch surf the Discovery channel and nature documentaries.
9) Do you have a fitness and/or health practice that is important to you?
Once again, I didn’t care about consistency. I would do such sporadic, hard workouts. Get discouraged and sore and fall off track. So I made my own cute weekly workout/diet schedule, and religiously abide by it now. I made it myself, so don’t laugh fitness experts!!! Monday, Wednesday, and Friday I do arms. (I don’t belong to a gym either. All of these are home workouts.) I am up to 100 pushups. (Not in a row LOL) Then I incorporate abs, but these particular 3 days of the week, I do not allow myself carbs, I keep it strictly to fruits and veggies. Then Tuesday & Thursday, I do legs and squats. More vigorous, allowing me to have complex carbs. The weekend is flexible, I rest my body and try to keep carbs to a minimum.
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