Today we’d like to introduce you to Chelsey Chambers.
Chelsey, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I have wanted to be an influencer of some kind ever since Myspace site models existed (yes, I know). I have been in some dark places in my life and the arts in every form were an outlet for me. Whether it be modeling, photography, painting, drawing, singing, you name it, I wanted and still want, to be a part of it. I started photography in high school, developing my own film and images and fell in love with it. After being behind the camera for years, I found I enjoyed being in front of the camera even more. There is something about helping others achieve dreams by promoting them, that gives me an ecstatic feeling that I can’t describe.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Nothing is more frustrating than pouring your heart, soul and hours of your time into a piece of art that you feel others cannot connect with or enjoy. Going through waves of being inspired, and then uninspired is a constant struggle when you are an influencer. My biggest piece of advice to those who are looking to do what I do is to not worry about the return on the work that you are producing. If you love it, have faith in it and the progress and opportunities will come. Your audience isn’t stupid and they know when you are passionate about your work, and when you are just trying to pump out a product because you feel that you have to.
Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I am model and photographer who is known for a more alternative look. Currently, I promote for tattoo inspired t-shirt brands but am constantly striving to branch out into other products, especially those that can benefit my friends, family and of course my followers, all while supporting the dream of those who have created those products.
Do you feel like there was something about the experiences you had growing up that played an outsized role in setting you up for success later in life?
I didn’t have an easy childhood, and there were constant conflict and trauma in our household. This ultimately led to my anxiety and depression, leading me to fall into a deep coma of alcoholism at a pretty young age. A few years ago I hit rock bottom, quit my job, lost the love of my life, almost lost my dad, then my brother, self-mutilated, couldn’t afford my apartment, and wouldn’t leave my room for months unless it was to get a bottle or eat every now and again. One day, I woke up feeling slightly better than normal, flushed my antidepressants and told myself I needed to find a better outlet for what I was feeling. I threw myself (not literally, it was a long road) into modeling, art, and photography again, I found my way back to my passion again somehow, and here we are.
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- Instagram: @chels.laree
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