Basic Info

Name:
Susan Marque
Contributor Status:
Native AdVert

Career Info

Primary Industry:
Art, Television / Film, Writing
Personal Career Headline:
Writer, Photographer & Creative Producer

My Native AdVert

Career Snapshot:

I started out as an actress and learned a lot about human behavior, which lended itself perfectly as I became a writer. Im a story teller. Every meal has a story. Every ingredient has a story. Every image, move, and person, has a story. I tell those stories through various mediums.

Native AdMission Statement (AKA Personal Brand Pitch):

Im a healthy creative. On one hand, Im health focused and love infusing my life with great energy from eating well and living a clean, active lifestyle. On the other hand, Im super creative. I started out as an actor and then went back to school getting two degrees in writing while developing as a photographer. I do all three everyday. If I had to choose only one, it would be writing, but I love all three. Everything I do is infused with my creativity, from cooking my meals, to drawing on my iPad for fun.

What Else To Know

Tell Us More:

My Daily Thoughts:

Goal of the Day: Fit more into it because there is so much I want to do….

Thought of the Day: Usually its Why. Why do they want that? Why this? Why that? Im very curious….but I try to think…. What would love do….

Action of the Day: walk/bike/write/

Deed of the Day: Sharing. I seem to share a lot. I have a wealth of odd knowledge to make life better, so if Im in a Lyft and the driver is talking about quitting smoking (just happened), I tell him about tea tree toothpicks which can be such a fabulous help, or some such thing.

Tip of the Day: Smiling is such a simple way to make many things easier….or happier…

A Day in My Life:

What do you love most about Your City?

I moved back to Santa Monica, CA six months ago and I love how easy it is to get around and that there is so much here.

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?

I LOVE breakfast foods. Its far far too difficult to pick a favorite. The Crossroads Benedictis a pretty good one, and I equally enjoy the old tofu scramble and pancake breakfast at A Votre Sante.

What are you doing at:

6:00 AM Eating breakfast.

10:00 AM – Writing/answering emails.

12:00 PM – Favorite Lunch spot/meal?

Tocaya

7:00 PM – finishing dinner

11:00 PM – Getting to sleep.

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?

I love my Kukicha twig tea with breakfast…. I just have one but I miss it when I dont have it. I also like a roasted dandelion tea at lunch and Im currently loving that with a little Pacific oat milk in it.

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?

My most used apps are transportation apps since I live carless in Los Angeles.

What should everyone try at least once?

I started writing Naam Yoga because it will change your life but then I dont know if there is a must for everyone.I also want to say Jobs Tears because they are so fun to eat, easy to digest, and so so good for us, but they are getting more and more difficult to find.

Where do you enjoy getting lost? In a bookstore…or a food shop….

My Native AdVice:

How did you get into the industry?

I became a food coach after I cured myself with food and my fellow actors kept asking me to teach them my secrets. As I wrote more and more for the food coaching business, I realized I wanted to be a writer.

Career advice to those in your industry?

If you want to be a food coach – be endlessly curious and passionate about knowing how food works in the body. If you are doing it to make money, pick something else. If its pouring out of you so much that you get others excited about eating healthy, youll do fine. Just keep in mind that it can take a while to build enough momentum that youll be making a living. I did a lot of free talks, low cost market tours, and speaking gigs, before someone wrote about me in Daily Candy and that really launched the food coaching because all of a sudden I was vetted.

With writing, I really saw how getting an education has helped me enormously. Its not about becoming a grammar nerd. You need to learn to ask the tough questions of yourself in your rewriting process and develop some skills that will allow your fabulous ideas to flow out in an artistic way that has some merit. You might have good ideas. Most people have at least some good ideas. Its having the tools to follow through and develop those ideas that many people lack. Writing takes discipline. All creativity benefits from discipline and constraints. Creativity is like water. It doesnt become something until you give it a container. If you dont, it will run away.

Any emerging industry trends?

With food, Im finding that I was on the precipice of a widespread desire for foods that benefit us, so more and more functional meals and beverages are being developed. The functional beverage industry keeps coming up with great tasting drinks that contain ingredients that were previously consumed mostly in pill form.

With writing – is there a trend? There is too much false information being regurgitated out there in the wellness space. I dont care for that trend, but I understand it. It takes more time to really dig and find the studies that have merit and find the truth behind the foods. Just because something is

Ideal experience for a customer/client?

I still do private client sessions via phone for the food coaching and I think there, the clients really like that I give them the tools they need to know how food works for them or not, for the rest of their life. Once you have this information, you have freedom.

With writing/photography, I would hope readers/viewers enjoy my honesty and creativity.

How do you motivate others?

I seem to be quite motivational because I care and I am passionate. I think what really gets people is that I am very honest. Change isnt easy. Creating new habits isnt easy. You have to make a choice to do the new habit each day until it gets easier. Having someone you are accountable helps but ultimately you need to be your own parent. You need to get yourself to do the things that will help you have the life you want. Setting your alarm only works if you get up when it goes off. If you hit snooze a bunch, or turn it off and go back to sleep, you miss out on what you were getting up early for. Stop missing out on your life by hitting snooze with Ill do it later, Ill try, etc.and push yourself into taking an action that youll feel good about.

I use a check sheet to creat new habits. It sometimes can take me months before Im embarrassed that I keep putting the same item on there without checking it off each day. I started the check sheet to get myself to floss. After a few months of getting checks every day for doing it, I didnt need to check that one off anymore and I moved on to some other thing I wanted to incorporate. It works by making yourself accountable to you. Its wonderful to have support in the world, butultimately, you are responsible for yourself. If you teach yourself that you can rely on yourself….you can go far with that, and then even farther with your support system.

My Native AdVantage:

What are my aspirations?

I want to get better in my crafts. Id like to be creating work that does well in the world and also gives me personal satisfaction.

My Biggest Success? 

Im incredibly good at moving. I moved 25 times in the last eight years. It was fun, and taught me a lot.

My Most Challenging Moment?

Ive had some pretty difficult moments so Im not sure which was the most challenging. One of the most heart wrenching was deciding that I was not going to be a mom. I always wanted a strong relationship to come first and then wed have kids, but since I didnt have the relationship or the financial resources, I finally had to give up on ever having kids of my own.

My Motto?

Quality over quantity. I would rather have one exceptional item than a room full of things that dont feel top notch. I would rather eat out less often so that when I do eat out, its high quality and fun.

My Favorite People/Role Models?

I should probably get more role models to literally model my life after but Ive been a bit of a renegade. I take bits from everywhere, so its hard to pin point. I will say one of my favorite people is my friend Kelly Rutherford because I always get to expand what I think is possible when Im around her. Shes a lovely friend, a terrific mom, and effortlessly elegant.

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