Mom Influencer We Love!
Posted on April 30 2018
We are so excited to welcome Samantha Gutstadt to our Blog, a Beautiful and Bright Mama Influencer & Actress (as well as fellow Canadian)! Read on to learn more about how she balances work & motherhood, and speaks style.
Tell us a little about yourself?
I was born in Toronto, Canada, and I've always had a passion for art, performing and storytelling. I started acting and modeling in Toronto at the age of 14. That work eventually brought me to Los Angeles where I have grown my own family including 2 little boys (ages 3 and 5) and my Canadian born hubby. Currently, I work as a content creator, blogger and actress. I freelance for Nylon Magazine and I just sold a scripted comedy about #momlife (that I’m also starring in!). As well, I am the author of my blog www.samsomuch.com / @gutstadt while still contributing to other blogs like mother.ly, bottle+heels and more!
What career path were you on before kids and what are you doing now?
My career path before kids was ACTING. I was auditioning and working on movies, TV shows and commercials. I travelled a lot to remote spots to shoot for a few weeks at a time. I also started hosting work which was really fun but put me on an airplane monthly. Once my first son was born, my attention and priorities shifted because I didn’t want to leave as much. I wanted to be on the other side of the camera, creating and producing in addition to acting. I loved having more control of my schedule. By the time my second son was born I worked at a magazine and just recently have been working as an influencer creating content for brands. Along with my partner Haely White I also create sketch comedy videos for networks and brands. Plus I host a series of events called Digital Femmes with my other partner Aisha Alkayali from TheGiftPick blog where we geek out to all things digital!
How did having kids change (or not) your career direction?
Having kids totally changed EVERTHING in the best way! I didn’t want to wait for someone to give me permission to create, I wanted to do it on my own terms. Being a creator gives me that freedom.
What’s your favorite mama style?
I have SO many! My ultimate is high waisted jeans, a graphic tee tucked in and an oversized jacket with addidas sneaks.
Do you change your look when you go out on date night or with the girls?
I do! For date night I throw on heels or booties (in love with white ones now!) and a cape or leather jacket, or even a pretty slip dress. For Girls night I love expressing my fashionista a bit more (my hubby just doesn’t get it the same way) and experiment with fun tops, off the shoulder tops, jumpsuits and more!
How do you balance work & motherhood? Any tips?
Oh boy ... am I?! I think it’s a constant work in progress, at least for me. I love being in my boys life and being that mom at drop off and pick up. I volunteer at school, I’m on committees, I go to their activities. But I also work more then full-time these days and I can’t run myself ragged. I recognize the need for self-care and making sure I’m ok too. I just take a deep breathe and figure it will all get done somehow. My priority is always going to be my family.
Any style tips for mamas out there who are juggling it all?
Yes! I try to find outfits I can move with throughout the day. I also love styles that take me from meetings and work sessions to drinks and dinner, or from preschool drop off to auditions. Seamless easy outfits that are stylish and on trend but also classic. I like pairing one style multiple ways so I tend to stay classic and play with trends and colour in my accessories.
What are your favorite Jolie Gotique styles?
Top 3: Square Bib Dress, Rose Cleanse Sweatshirt & Rolled Short Sleeve Button Down. Scroll down to shop them!
Do you have a mama tribe and if so what does it mean to you?
I do! They mean the world to me. I met the most amazing group of mamas when my first son was just 8 weeks old. That group has been my backbone through this crazy journey. Since then I have met some amazing women who have quickly become my tribe too. Plus I have my best friends from home, Toronto, whom I grew up with - we talk all the time and they are also my tribe! I feel blessed!
What are the most important lessons you hope to teach your children?
There are a few - empathy, compassion, kindness, courage, and gratitude. If my kiddos can understand and live by these - I know I did my job.