Meet Our Muse: Bridget Hollitt
It’s a quiet morning on set and she’s tucked away at the wooden table. She’s got a pen in hand and you can see her deliberately pausing in between sentences to gather her thoughts. It only takes a split second upon meeting her to know she’s a force to be reckoned with. While you may recognize her from our recent adventures in Zion, Bridget Hollitt is so much more than meets the eye: she can write, sing and is devoted to living her most authentic life. Get to know one of our forever muses.
First things first, tell us a bit about yourself + where you grew up. How did you decide to move to the U.S.?
I grew up predominantly in Melbourne, Australia. I lived on a tree lined street in a suburb called Kew with my parents and two older sisters. I started traveling to LA for work early 2016 (which is when I first met the bluenoteeurope team!) and then was between Sydney, LA, NY and Melbourne for 18 months before finally making the move to NYC last August. I came over to model as well as do part time acting studies, and it was the best decision I've ever made.
Describe yourself in three words:
Passionate. Energetic. Vacillating.
What motivates you?
Ideas, questions, people, stories. I am motivated to pursue when I really believe in something. When it creates that feeling inside of me that parts of me are aligning, are in harmony. That's when I know it's something I have to chase. This has changed a lot in the last year. In the past I would have said I am motivated by inspirational people, people I see doing amazing things. But it's much more of an internal thing now. I think that's important.
We spoke briefly about your move to New York City; what's been the biggest challenge? What do you love most about living NYC?
Moving to New York City has been the biggest challenge I have ever faced. This city will surface every demon, every challenge you have to face, and you can either choose to take those challenges head on, or ignore them. Ignoring them makes life here very, very hard. But if you just roll with the punches it can feel like you're a sprinter running hurdles (forgive my lack of sports terminology knowledge lol), and every day is a hurdle, and every hurdle you leap is a burst of new knowledge. It's incredible. And addictive. The weather in LA is far less temperamental and my emotions are super responsive to the weather! Every time I come to LA and see you guys I feel so upbeat because of the sun. And you. You guys are the best.
Who inspires you?
I'm inspired by people who ask questions and think of really thoughtful and personal answers. Modern philosophers. People who do more than live and exist, but want to soak up all the knowledge and curiosity they can on their walk through life. Also anyone who is brave enough to love unconditionally, to have pure faith in someone or something. Intelligent optimism. It's admirable.
Talking with you, you're really grounded and connected to everything around you; how do you stay true to yourself and build confidence, especially in such a demanding, ever-changing industry?
Thank you!! This is something I need to work on every day. The feeling of 'groundedness' is not often one I feel from my internal point of view. So when I do, it's a big relief. Confident is such an interesting word - I've learned a lot about it recently; How confidence is not about not feeling insecure, but owning your insecurities. Being able to face them and understand how they affect you. Then you can accept them and work with them. And practice kindness toward yourself.
Self forgiveness and belief in myself are two things I am constantly developing. If I believe that I can do what I set out to, no matter what my measurements or the clothes I wear, and I believe that it will happen in the timeline it's supposed to, then I can disband with the fears of the little things. Modeling is by far one of the hardest jobs psychologically, because you are grappling with all these insecurities in the public eye, with a very clear and defined ideal identity or shape. There isn't much variance there. (It is already better than it was, and I am so grateful for that)
What it comes down to is: "I may not be all that I want to be today, but I will be." And with that knowledge if I am bloated at work one day, or feel like I'm not doing my job in one way or another, I can just nurse that insecurity, swaddle it in the knowledge that it won't necessarily be the case forever, but most importantly, it will not stop me from becoming who I ultimately need to be. And that's it.
What are your daily rituals?
These are the things I would do in an ideal day (the bolded ones are the only ones I do every day, without fail). Coffee. Shower. Singing. Dancing in my apartment (shoutout to @ameliazadro for bringing this into my life). Stretching. Walking. Writing. Dialogue. Reading. Watching TV shows/films that ignite curiosity. There are more but I can't remember them now! Rituals are so important to me, basically everything I do apart from work is a ritual.
What's been your biggest life lesson so far/ best advice you've ever been given?
I think the biggest game changer for me has been finally accepting that existence truly is subjective. I spent a lot of time trying to reconcile my experience with the 'facts', the 'knowledge' that people more experienced than I had accumulated and handed to me. The truth is the only thing we can know is our own experience, and while that is a scary thought in some ways, for me it was liberating. My universe exists within the confines of my own mind. There are things we can all agree on about our world, but I believe that those things are each tinted by the color of the walls of our own mind. And that's ok, and it freed me from a lot of the structures I was trying to fit within.
It changes in different chapters of my life. Currently, it's "pleasure over success".
Most people don't know this about me, but:
I have size 7 feet. I fall over a lot.
Where did your love for singing come from?
I think I pretty much came out singing. My mum recently told me the only reason I didn't quit piano was because I wanted to be able to play and sing at the same time (I still can't do it very well). Music was my first language, and it will always be vital to me.
Who is your all-time favorite musician?