Take time out to relax, it’s really easy to just keep moving when being busy from one thing to another, but putting aside a day to recharge is so important. I like to do activities like surfing to stay grounded and connected to nature to calm my spirit. Also having friends outside the industry who help me to keep perspective on what’s important and real.
I had the pleasure to interview model and actress Ivy Anderson. Based in Brisbane, Australia, Ivy was discovered at the age of 6 after being awarded Best Runway Model in a state-wide model discovery contest with agency representation following soon after. Regularly booked for various fashion modeling and commercial work, Ivy has expanded her career internationally as her modeling and cheer-leading careers have crossed over. Ivy has teamed up with brands such as Rebel Athletic and Tourism Australia and has walked at New York Fashion Week for Chick clothing. She is also known through her Instagram profile name: ivymaemae. Ivy is currently working on the Netflix film, To The Beat !— Back 2 School
Thank you so much for doing this with us Ivy! Can you tell us the story of how you grew up?
Thank you for asking me to be a part of Thrive Global it’s an honor!
For the story of how I grew up, well I’m still growing, a little taller every day. But seriously, I was born in New Zealand and moved to Australia when I was a toddler. I was lucky enough to live and grow up in the beautiful sunshine state of Queensland with its tropical climate and famous beaches. That’s where I discovered my love of the ocean, sun and surfing.
Can you share a story with us about what brought you to this specific career path?
I hounded my mother for months and months to become a model after seeing my first runway fashion show. To me it looked like the most fun and glamorous job ever. She finally caved, entering me in a statewide modelling competition when I was 6 and I was lucky enough to win. I have been working in the industry ever since.
Can you tell us the most interesting story that happened to you since you began your career?
There is always something interesting in this business. Every day is so different and there are always unexpected moments that need you to be able to think on your feet or have you laughing, that’s why I love it so much. I have so many funny stories of clothes not fitting or being in extreme weather when shooting outside or once I even had to walk a runway with a dog in a pram that unexpectedly jumped out into the crowd half way down the runway. No matter what you always need to keep your cool.
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?
I don’t think I’ve made too many mistakes, you are not likely to get rebooked when you do. But probably the funniest would be changing into a dress that I had put on back to front. That was so embarrassing at the time, so I always say, when in doubt, ask.
What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?
I’ve just finished filming the sequel of To The Beat — Back 2 School, that will be coming to Netflix next year. That was such a fun project to be involved with. I am also designing apparel to raise awareness of human trafficking and funds for OUR Rescue (Operation Underground Railroad) that do amazing work to free children from being sold into slavery both locally and abroad.
I’m very interested in diversity in the entertainment industry. Can you share three reasons with our readers about why you think it’s important to have diversity represented in film and television? How can that potentially affect our culture?
I think all media should be a representation of the society we live in. I know all people would like to be able to personally relate to the characters they see in entertainment. I also think film and television is an amazing way of seeing into cultures and lives different from our own but its important to not continually show negative stereotypes of any one group of people. Culture is always evolving, in some areas media helps direct that change and other times it lags behind, but change is inevitable and should be embraced.
What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why. Please share a story or example for each.
5 things I wish I knew –
- That it will never get any easier. I still get nervous on every job or casting, each one is different and you never know what will end up being asked of you. But even though it’s scary that what makes it exciting.
- That there will be more early mornings than you would like. Often you will be up before dawn to rush to set to only sit around waiting for hours to start.
- That good things take time. I find so many are impatient and want to see success overnight. But each step I have taken has led to the next and each one was important in my growth as a person and as a talent.
- That I would meet amazing people. I could not have imagined how many talented idols I would get to meet or work with along this journey, it’s truly a blessing.
- Be careful what you sign, especially with anything that gives away your rights as an artist or rights to your name or image. In the moment, you may not be able to conceive of all the ways media can be used when you agree to sign rights away. Don’t be pressured to sign anything on the spot. Always take any contract or release away and get someone you trust to read over it for you.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
Take time out to relax, it’s really easy to just keep moving when being busy from one thing to another, but putting aside a day to recharge is so important.
I like to do activities like surfing to stay grounded and connected to nature to calm my spirit. Also having friends outside the industry who help me to keep perspective on what’s important and real.
You are a person of enormous influence. If you could inspire 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. 🙂
I would love to make a difference about issues that matter.
The 2 things that I am most passionate about are preserving the environment and preventing human trafficking.There are so many of my generation that are not thinking about how their choices are impacting the planet or they are not aware of what in nature is currently being destroyed.
Human trafficking is the fastest growing crime in the world and it is not just happening on the other side of he world but right here in the US and our most vulnerable are being targeted. It is estimated globally there are 2.5 million new victims of trafficking every year with half of those being children with the majority of victims being used for sex. America is the largest consumer of trafficked people and media created from it. These are not strangers in a foreign country, the victims and consumers are our neighbours and in our community and it needs to stop.
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?
Most recently my acting coach Christopher Sommers who ignited my passion for this profession. He helped me get past my fear of remembering lines and showed me how much fun it can be and how to look deep into the characters I am playing and connect on a level I never did before. Without him I wouldn’t have been as confident on set in To The Beat as I was.
Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?
Life’s a gift and I don’t intend on wasting it — Jack Dawson
I am grateful every day for what opportunities I have, I want to experience as much as I can with the life I have been given, we only have a short time on this earth and we never know when its going to be over. We shouldn’t waste any days that are given to us, there are always opportunities to help others and have experiences no matter where you are.
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 just see this, especially if we tag them. 🙂
Leonado DiCaprio, I think how he has dedicated so much of his life and fame to helping the environment is so admirable. I would love to sit down with him and ask him what he thinks my generation need to start doing to really make a difference to what is happening. We are the ones inheriting the earth and will be passing it down to our children and I feel like we are not equipped with the knowledge right now of how to improve what has come before us.
How can our readers follow you on social media?
My instagram is @ivymaemae and the same username can be found across all platforms. I often get asked if Mae is my last name but it is my middle name. My name is Ivy Mae Anderson but my nickname is Mae Mae so that is how I ended up with ivymaemae.
This was very meaningful, thank you so much!