We had the good fortune of connecting with Kameron Rasmussen and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kameron, how do you think about risk?
Risk taking is always so exciting wether, your jumping out of a plane or gambling in Vegas. However when it comes to your career, risk taking somehow becomes scarier…but, I think it should be. My philosophy on risk taking is that if it doesn’t scare you, then the risk your taking isn’t worth it. When it comes to my career choices, I’ve always had my had in many pockets. I began acting and modeling at a young age which is a risk in itself seeing as there is not guarantee in this line of work. Then, when social media started taking off I moved into the content creator world which was always a risk. Between the uncertainty of obtaining work and the judgment of others for having a career that “wasn’t a real job”, it was always in the back of my mind that I could be gambling with my future. However, all of the risks I’ve taken at this point in my life have given me a platform that brings me complete and a true success in my personal and professional career. Its so cliche to say that the “risk is worth the reward” but it’s so true. If you’re not willing to put it all on the line when you have a choice to make, then your belief in yourself to “make it” doesn’t outweigh the doubt that will essentially cause you to fail!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
For me art has always been very personal. When it comes to distinguishing my brand It’s always been about keeping it real with my online communities. I have always known that I wanted to be in entertainment, whether that was acting, modeling or hair and make up. I attended college for acting for a few years and finally made my big move to Los Angeles eight years ago!That moment changed my life and everything that I planned on doing with it…in the best way possible!
Growing up in Hawaii was amazing, but I always felt like I was a little different and needed to experience more opportunities which I got when I moved to the mainland. I immediately began acting, modeling on photo shoots, and getting any sort of experience in the entertainment industry I could find. A pivotal point for me was meeting new people who didn’t put themselves in a box and seeing how they expressed themselves through their fashion and their art on set and in my day to day life. It’s really what shaped me and the brand that I now represent today.
It definitely wasn’t easy and I definitely lived the struggling artist life, But I knew that I was destined to be great and I never let myself forget it. Which is what I encourage everyone to do online and in real life, because if you don’t believe in yourself, no one will. When social media really exploded, I began to explore my fashion and lifestyle brand. I started out by trying to fit a specific mold that was already created by others. When that didn’t work I knew the only way that I could be successful in this career was to create my own. I would say it took about three years of unpaid work, endless emails and countless learning curves until I learned to navigate my brand and how to make it successful! I look back now, and feel so blessed for the opportunities to work with amazing brands like Google, Express and Ralph Lauren and travel brands like Hilton and Kimpton, all because I invested in myself. I think it’s funny that some people still say social media isn’t “a real job”… because they’re right. I don’t work just one job. I’m the talent, the manager, the photographer, the accountant and so much more!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
There is so much to do in Arizona! I mean you are literally surrounded by beautiful mountains and the desert, but if your looking for things that aren’t set in nature…here’s what I recommend!
Where to stay: If your looking for the best place to stay, it’s definitely the Saguaro in Scottsdale Arizona for me! Two great pools, a stunning restaurant and such a colorful and vibrant atmosphere. Not to mention, you and your friends can get anywhere around town by loading up in one of many golf carts provided!
Where to eat: As an avid foodie I can assure you there are so many places that you can fill you up with great food. These are my faves: HULA’S Modern Tiki, Mastro’s City Hall, Geisha A GO GO, and for brunch Breakfast Club!
Things to do: I love to walk around Old Town Scottsdale and check out the stores and boutiques as well as stop by the Farmers Market on Saturdays! You can also grab a group of friends and checkout the party bike pub crawl which is so fun.. I’d also recommend to make it a themed event!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
It would be impossible to credit my successes to a single person. I feel truly blessed that I am surrounded by great family and friends that congratulate me when I’m up and keep pushing me when I’m down. Not to mention every other genuine creative out there that paved the way for me to do what I do. I think it is also fair to credit my success to those who made me doubt myself and question the strength I had to chase my dreams. In reality that helped me to not only navigate the path I wanted to take, but reassure me that where I was head, was where I knew I wanted to be all along.