Alright – so today we’ve got the honor of introducing you to Elizabeth Sneed. We think you’ll enjoy our conversation, we’ve shared it below.
Hi Elizabeth, thanks for joining us today. Have you been able to earn a full-time living from your creative work? If so, can you walk us through your journey and how you made it happen? Was it like that from day one? If not, what were some of the major steps and milestones and do you think you could have sped up the process somehow knowing what you know now?
When I started my platform I began with modeling and surfing content while supporting myself full time as an Uber driver. As the movement picked up I began to book jobs for modeling and eventually was referred to my agent that I work with today who manages the majority of my paid partnerships.
Great, appreciate you sharing that with us. Before we ask you to share more of your insights, can you take a moment to introduce yourself and how you got to where you are today to our readers
I started the women’s body positive surfing movement, Curvy Surfer Girl with the purpose of creating a joyful, authentic space for curvy women within our ocean communities.
I build representation for women who’ve been excluded from surf and ocean culture for many decades and together we advocate for surf and ocean companies to expand their marketing, fashion, and visuals to include more women of various sizes, shapes, ages, and abilities.
How did you build your audience on social media?
I built my audience using excellent video and photography to capture peoples attention and give them something to aspire towards. I also embraced being vulnerable with my own journey and had the courage to express my opinions about unfair practices within the industry. My audience resonated with many of those and combined with storytelling the Curvy Surfer movement has grown to the level it is today.
Let’s talk about resilience next – do you have a story you can share with us?
I feel like my life has been defined by resilience and it’s often required when pursuing anything worth while in life. I struggled with an autoimmune condition, great fear of the ocean, and financial hardship, and self doubt all while building my platform online. Thankfully, I had the willpower and support of my friends, family, and community to help me through these challenges and now I’m thriving and continue to work towards progress with my fear of the ocean.
- Website: Curvysurfergirl.com
- Instagram: Curvysurfergirl
- Facebook: Curvysurfergirl
- Youtube: Curvysurfergirl
- Other: Tiktok Curvysurfergirl
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