Ametti Muse: Lyndon Smith
Welcome to our monthly muse feature, an exciting series where we will interview female bosses in the creative, tech, science, and finance industries. These women are breaking barriers and sharing with us the good, the bad and the in-between! Meet Lyndon Smith, an American Actress from the series Parenthood and many other incredible roles. Today we are talking to Lyndon about her inspirations, her travel must-haves and the rules she lives by! Take a pen and paper because this beautiful soul is a force to be reckoned with! We hope you are inspired by her journey as much as we were.
What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
People might be surprised to know that if I wasn’t going to be an actor, I would have been a marine biologist. I’m such a water baby, and I’ve always been fascinated with our oceans. When I was in elementary school, I was part of a program where you went to a separate school one day a week to take classes that were career exploratory, and I always chose marine biology. I was hooked from a very young age. I’m hoping to become scuba certified in the next few years and start diving.
What is your favorite travel destination?
The North Shore of Kauai!
Who is your spirit animal?
Does a perfectly crafted Manhattan cocktail count?
What inspired you to go into acting?
I started when I was a little kid, and I always felt at home on a stage. It was between that or marine biology, but acting always edged out. I loved how escapist acting was, almost an out of body experience, and thrived on the joy it could bring an audience.
What golden rules do you live by?
I feel like I learned “The Golden Rules” when I was a kid, but I don’t remember them! But I like to lead with these human qualities. Give people the benefit of the doubt, to an extent. We all have bad days, so extend grace and allow a second chance. But NEVER let someone walk on you. We all have value, worth, and deserve respect. If you ever feel like you’re are being taken advantage of, walk. Also, and I earnestly mean this, stay positive. I know this is cheesy, but I firmly believe we manifest the energy we give to the world. There is so much opportunity around us that can be harnessed, but you can’t wade through the obstacles with a chip on your shoulder. Lighten your load, see the silver linings, and stay on course. You’ll get there, wherever that “there” is.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Stop hating your body. Read more. Wear sunscreen.
The people who inspire me are...
I’ve always been inspired by Liz Taylor. She was unabashedly herself. Full of spunk and a passion for life. Didn’t care what people thought and embraced her crazy. Was an activist and a fighter and a mother and did it all while balancing one of the most amazing careers in entertainment history.
What is your advice for someone looking to work in your industry?
First and foremost, everyone has a different timeline, so stop comparing yourself to those around you. Prep, prep, prep! If you’re on your game in auditions, even if you don’t book the part, you did your job and the casting directors or producers will remember you. It’s a smaller world than you think. Do your homework. Look up bios and resumes on casting directors, directors, etc. Make the effort to find common ground. Also, and this may sound silly, but learn and address everyone by name. There are a lot of revolving doors and a lot of faces, and learning names is a really simple way to make a personal connection. And always be (moderately) early!
What are three essentials you ALWAYS travel with?
A water bottle to fill up at the airport, socks for the sub-zero plane, and a book of crossword puzzles. That’s my favorite way to pass time on a flight.
What is your favorite Ametti piece? :)
The carry-on luggage Pegasus! It’s has all of the modern touches you never knew you needed with a feminine, vintage aesthetic. I feel like I’m about to board a glamourous Pan Am flight with that piece in hand!