Interview with Suemomo
Born in Orange Countyand raised in Seattle, Suemomo loves to party, dance, model, bartend, and create. She moved back down to Cali 3 years ago for a change of scenery and to step her game up. She is a graduate of Abram Friedman Occupational Center for Visual Communications and a lover of any and all forms of expression and wellness.
Although dancing and modeling are her bread and butter she has many other side talents. She has been fortunante to dance and pump up the crowd as a performer, mix delicious drinks for any mood, sell a few of my paintings, design some awesome nails, sew and sell some garments and accessories, and model for cars products and brands. It’s been a tireless road that was paved with initiative and a resilience to rejection. She is a creative spirit with a strong background in business administration whose dream is to find a job that would continue to let her be a “maven of all trades”.
Sue, it is a pleasure to meet you. Can you tell us a little about your dancing? Is it something you started doing when you were young?
I used to be horribly shy. Learning dance gives me confidence, it builds my character, and helps me become more resilient to my mistakes. I started taking jazz dance, hip-hop, a little bit of swing, a lot of line dancing, drill/cheer, and aerobics all though my teens. I would try to take part in any event that was expressive, such as in church through praise dance, or traditional Korean fan dance. I found that the more diversity in movement I learned, the more I could express and develop myself as a person.
When you are dancing what types of music do you prefer?
To be honest, my soul moves to hip-hop, like the more old school style with really rich jazz tones. And my heart moves with all types of EDM (electronic dance music): House, Trance, Electro, LiquidDNB, LiquidBreaks, TwoStep, and DubStep. My preference is in that order.
You have a pretty cool youtube channel. My favorite is your video “Laundry with Suemomo”. What is the story behind it?
I hated waiting for the laundry, so I decided to make a little vid. I really liked the colors in the Laundromat, and as I shot it I realized that the backdrops were compositionally pleasant. So in an effort to be upbeat, I put Kaskade on repeat and started grooving. The whole purpose of my YT channel was to showcase the things that I love to do, and hopefully it offers some sort of entertainment value. That is my intention. If you find my vids fun or educational in any way, awesome!
As a dancer you must keep strange hours and get exhausted! What do you do to stay in shape?
I love resistance training. I jump a lot of rope, practice yoga, ride my bike, and hike whenever I can, but dancing is my cardio of choice.
How did you first get into modeling?
I’ve always been into brand ambassador/ spokes modeling work. I really love having confidence in a product or event and introducing it to potential clients or patrons. To me it doesn’t even feel like work, because I get to be social and interactive. My first gig was after high school. I was a promo girl for Jack Daniels at a rock show in Seattle handing out JD hoodies to a few lucky guests. I started getting more serious after I moved down to LA. I began doing more print work, car shows, and BA work. I love LA for all the opportunities that continue to challenge me.
What have been some of your favorite shoots or events?
I just worked with NeuroticMindsExposed Clothing. I did a few online catalog shots for some of their new tee’s, and a solo promo vid that’s featured on their YT channel. I felt really lucky because I was able to be myself, dance a little, and just have fun. That’s when I feel sexiest. My favorite events are when I get to do a complete transformation, like when I get all suited up with my Swoon Girls or The Hollywood Clowns (gogo troupes that I dance for). I truly love the theatrical aspect and I still get an incredible pre-show buzz every time.
You have done many types of shoots, what style of modeling do you prefer?
I know I’m not tall enough for high fashion, but I really love to do petite high fashion styling and poses in most of my shots. I’ve styled myself and have done my own hair and makeup.
In addition to being a model and dancer, you are also an artist. Tell us a little about your work.
I’m a graduate of the Business Administration and Visual Communications Diplomas from AFOC. I was able to garner a lot of my graphic design knowledge, and from there I started to develop my digital illustrations and images. In Jr. High and High school I was fortunate to take Ceramics and Material Science, so I have great understanding of ceramic design, wood working, metal castings, and glass work. Later on, I would really like to get back into 3Dimentional art. I’m currently working on a series for my upcoming art exhibit in August. One of the newest trades I’ve learned last year was manual photography and development at LACC. It was an intricate and rewarding experience. It’s too bad that it’s a dying art form because its processes are becoming obsolete. I love it though, the manual photography. Treating and drying the film, and then exposing the film onto photo paper. I’ve learned a lot.
What subjects do you prefer to paint and where do you come up with your ideas?
I’m heavily influenced by the female form. It’s a thing of beauty and I secretly wish to be the girls I draw or paint. Most of the time, I am inspired by music. It usually directs the colors and textures that bloom on their own.
You have a background in the visual arts. Can you tell us more about that and other activities you do?
I have a great eye for design. I love to create, capture, and image. I dove into video production and editing last year and I love it. It’s another medium of expression and I am totally sprung. Once I’m able to afford a Mac, keep an eye out for my new work, because I plan to start shooting music videos, dance videos, and short films. Now that I’m done with school, I want to start learning music production and Dj’ing. It would bring me a lot of joy to add music making and mixing to my repertoire.
What other businesses do you see yourself expanding into within five years?
I would love to own a boutique with my designs, a talent management service to help girls like myself (5 years ago) with job placement and networking fundamentals, and own a café with my own drinks and seasonal menu.
How important is it to interact with your fans?
It’s vital. I thrive off their support, and when I get positive feedback it lets me know I’m on the right path. I always appreciate constructive criticism. My goal in life is to continue evolving in all the things that I love to do.
Where can we go to find out more about you and your work?