DJ, Actress, Advocate and Influencer
Chelsea Leyland does it all. Chelsea is just as strong as she is insightful, attributing her heightened sense of empathy to her battle with epilepsy. She discusses everything from staying grounded and surrounding herself with good people, to her morning ritual and advice for makers. Read more about Chelsea below.
Q: Where is home?
A: Brooklyn NY & London, England
Q: How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
A: Passionate Fruit Cake
Q: Favorite song of all time?
A: “Bad Girl” by Lee Moses
Q: A woman you admire?
A: My female friends. Lily Kwong, Fernanda de la Puente and Tali Lennox. My girls inspire me through their creative work and how they support and ground me.
Q: What’s ‘other’ about you?
A: I have a heightened sensitivity which is both a blessing and a curse. I think it probably comes from having epilepsy and also having a sister who suffers from a very severe type of epilepsy. It has always been this struggle that makes me feel ‘other’ and ‘different’. I couldn’t have felt more out of place growing up, but with age I have realized it’s given me an easier path to empathy. I feel different but grateful for this.
Q: Complete the sentence. When I wake up in the morning...
A: I dance naked...
Q: Best advice you’ve ever been given
A: Go towards wise people, they don’t necessarily have to be intellectually intelligent, successful or famous but if they feel wise and grounded and nurture you, then those are the people who you want to surround yourself with. It’s about heading towards people who make you a better version of yourself, support you, and make you feel good.
Also try not to compare yourself physically, emotionally, career wise, or in any other way to others...we’re all on our own path. Let others inspire us.
Q: Your advice to an emerging maker.
A: Stay in your truth. Always follow your gut...this is your intuition. Try to stay grounded and surround yourself with good people, it's easy to get lost.
Q: Complete this sentence: The future is female because…
A: I believe that the future is everyone. The future is genderless. We need to stop separating ourselves from one another and see that we are all in fact one.