Meet Susanna Spies
Meet the Muse: Susanna Spies ~ comic activist
Funny and devoted.
Where and when are you most inspired?
The outdoors have always inspired me, the mountains, sea, trees – walking my dog is when most of my creative ideas come to fruition, usually first thing in the morning.
What are you most passionate about?
Connecting people to trust and reach their greatest potential.
What change would you like to see in the world?
Fairness and equality to all. To see more positive in the news, and for all to lead with peace, than war, and equality to all walks of life.
Tell us about your work:
Providing comedy programs as a means to self express, gain confidence, and share a platform to universally connect.
How/why were you called to this work?
From an early age, I felt more comfortable at times playing characters within my own imagination, than to face the world as myself. As a performer, I understood the power to express behind words from a script. As an educator, merged the concept of how to teach and learn one’s own power to express, within one’s own creativity, written word, and comedy came naturally to me.
Laughter is a connector, and enables bonds of trust.
What has been the greatest challenge in your work?
Wearing several hats – administering, facilitating and implementing can be a juggle. But a great one, due to shear enthusiasm of the work I do and passion within.
What is your advice to young women who want to do what you do?
Always be yourself, and know that everything you observe, experience, and feel makes you the powerful beings you are in your own individualism and instrument to voice and share with the world. Focus on the importance of valuing your own experiences, whether positive or negative, and to know you are not alone, even within your own life experience, because your experience may very well impact someone, many, and provide support value and positive outcomes beyond. The power of your own voice, in an art form such as comedy, is truly powerful, empowering, and freeing. Trusting yourself to know you can achieve all you put your mind and focus into, is not only the greatest gift you can give yourself, but also to the world.
What 4 words would you tell your teenage self?
Create, imagine, reach, and strive.
What has been your greatest lesson?
That nothing easy comes. That rolling up sleeves, and multi-tasking to pursue a greater good has a bigger outcome that is beyond what one can see. That a structure is only defined by limitations at times, and creating and expression have no limits to achieve.
If you had the world’s attention, what would you say?
Stop. Listen. Love.
What is your personal motto or mantra?
Well, my business motto is: “Why sit… when you can STAND up” I feel the same is true on a personal front, to take a stand to voice, and stand tall to receive – and to keep on keepin’ on.
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