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“I would love to start a movement to influence people to volunteer more” With Actress Celeste Thorson

If I could start a movement, I would want to influence people to volunteer more. There are so many serious issues that our society and…


If I could start a movement, I would want to influence people to volunteer more. There are so many serious issues that our society and environment are facing. I know if we came together as a community on a regular basis, we could solve so many issues. Homelessness is very dear to my heart, climate disruption has a direct impact on every creature on this planet, human rights, animal rights, there are so many areas that deserve our attention. I know not everyone feels motivated about the same things, but if we all consistently stepped up to lend a hand in an area we are enthusiastic about we could make tremendous progress.


I had the pleasure of interviewing actress Celeste Thorson. Celeste has been seen on TV shows How I Met Your Mother, Unsolved, Jimmy Kimmel Live and several lifestyle and travel television programs. She has also written and produced numerous episodes of television and short films. As a blogger and influencer, she’s attracted almost 2 million fans from all over the world.

Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

I have always been creative and enjoyed writing since childhood. I was initially working as an advocate and fundraiser for human and environmental rights when I booked a job as a writer for travel television. I later took acting classes and discovered the camera as my favorite medium.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started this career?

When I got my first writing job for the travel TV show, I wasn’t expecting that I would end up being an on-camera host jumping out of a perfectly good airplane. It just goes to show if you work hard, under promise and over deliver, and go with the flow you might end up getting paid to go skydiving.


Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?

When I booked the role of Lisa on How I Met Your Mother I knew I’d be throwing a martini in Neil Patrick Harris’ face in the scene. What I didn’t realize is that the glass would break afterward when I set it back down on the bar. I remember at the moment I was internally freaking out a little bit, but I didn’t hear the director say cut so, I just kept going. That moment taught me that even if you make a mistake don’t stop and apologize or break character just keep going because it might be the shot that actually makes the final cut.

What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?

I just booked a fun recurring guest star that I can’t talk too much about yet, but I’m also working on a couple of projects that I’m very excited about. I’m currently writing a contained sci-fi outbreak film. I’m fascinated by climate science and the implications of a sixth mass extinction so it’s very stimulating to explore those circumstances and how they would impact humans. I also started a lifestyle channel and blog @JoieRideTV where I share food, travel, fashion, charities, and events.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?

I would recommend that people create their own content. If you have a dream role or a project that you are passionate about, work with a writer and at least get it on paper. Any production is just a series of small steps so just find something that feeds your soul and slowly chip away at it. You never know who else might end up falling in love with your vision.

You are a person of great influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂

If I could start a movement, I would want to influence people to volunteer more. There are so many serious issues that our society and environment are facing. I know if we came together as a community on a regular basis, we could solve so many issues. Homelessness is very dear to my heart, climate disruption has a direct impact on every creature on this planet, human rights, animal rights, there are so many areas that deserve our attention. I know not everyone feels motivated about the same things, but if we all consistently stepped up to lend a hand in an area we are enthusiastic about we could make tremendous progress.


What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why? Please share a story or an example for each.

1. Create your own work. Good, bad, or ugly, it’s yours, and you will learn tremendous lessons that way.

Obviously creating content is a challenge and it doesn’t always come to fruition the way you envision, but the gems I’ve gleaned along the way have helped me become a better artist and communicator.

2. Networking is an essential foundation, just make sure you build a network of reliable people.

It’s great to meet like-minded individuals and talk about your dreams and ideas together. From my experience, it’s equally important to discern the talkers from the doers so you can spend more time collaborating with reliable people.

3. Build your audience, connecting with a community of supporters helps keep you motivated.

I didn’t realize how much of an impact my audience would have on my career. The more I connect with people from around the world, the more I see life from different perspectives. They inspire me to do better work, have deeper conversations, travel more, and create more consistently.

4. Schedule and budget your time and money.

As an artist, I can be impulsive with projects and chasing inspiration. It’s easy to go full force when the creative impulse is surging and then get writer’s block when I force myself to sit down and put my nose to the grindstone. Even if it’s a struggle to focus, I’ve found I’m so much more productive when I budget my time and money in an organized way.

5. Always be collaborating.

Just like it’s important to spend time developing your own content and ideas, I feel like I have created some wonderful work when other collaborators take the lead. I have been participating in more collaborations and often times am very pleased with the outcome. It can get you out of your comfort zone, keep you sharp, and lead to amazing results. Even if it doesn’t work out the way you want it to, the experience can be valuable.

Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?

“If the plan doesn’t work, change the plan, not the goal.” I am a very persistent person, and at the same time, I think it is important to acknowledge what is and isn’t working. If something is not getting you the results you want, change the approach. I believe dedication and innovation is a great way to address those challenges because quitting won’t get you the results you want either. Discover new ways to invest your time rather than rehashing the same ineffective strategies.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?

The most influential person in my life and career has undoubtedly been my mother. I am sure it is a common sentiment for those lucky enough to have a mother’s, unconditional love. The circumstances she overcame as a single parent, to raise me with the confidence to express myself artistically, is a testament to her fortitude.

Some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might see this. 🙂

I would love to have lunch with Francis Ford Coppola. The stories he crafts on the page, the screen, and in the vineyard, are so deliciously sensorial. I enjoy the psychologically provocative compositions he creates with light, emotions, and flavors.

How can our readers follow you on social media?

I love connecting with people on Facebook.com/OfficialCelesteThorson for videos, photos and live conversations. @CelesteThorson on Instagram for daily pictures and instastories. Twitter @CelesteThorson for discussing interesting articles, charities, and news topics. You can also get updates on my latest projects on imdb.me/celestethorson or celestethorson.com

Thank you so much for joining us. This was very inspirational!

Originally published at medium.com

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