More Than You See 3: 5.03 The Struggles and Triumphs of A Creative Life with Sam Valentine 

 February 21, 2024

By  Deborah Lee Smith

Episode 3 this season features Sam Valentine, the host of the One Broke Actress podcast!

Sam shares her unique insights into the struggles and triumphs she's faced within the acting industry, the mental health journey she has undergone, and how she remains resilient and creative.

She discusses her own past struggles with body acceptance, reflects on feelings of jealousy and the fear of not being 'good enough,' and offers perspectives on embracing the challenges and viewing them as learning experiences. Sam also opens up about how she handles expectations vs reality and maintaining a healthy mindset despite setbacks.

00:40 Introducing the Guest: Sam Valentine

01:40 Deep Dive into Sam's Journey and Mental Health

03:13 Sam's Day-to-Day Life and Challenges

05:55 Sam's Journey and Struggles in the Acting Industry

06:19 Dealing with Expectations and Reality

06:58 Sam's Personal Growth and Reflections

08:21 The Impact of Social Media and Setting Boundaries

09:54 Sam's Perspective on Success and Progress

12:20 The Importance of Living in the Present

16:51 Sam's Approach to Mental Health and Coping Mechanisms

17:31 Navigating Jealousy and Comparison in the Industry

25:17 The Role of Fitness and Nutrition in Sam's Life

28:16 Therapy and Acting

28:44 Turning to Anti-Anxiety Medication

30:39 Living Life on Camera

32:18 The Role of Psychiatry in Mental Health

34:17 The Importance of Communication in Relationships

35:24 Self-Awareness and Empathy

40:06 Balancing Acting and Other Work

40:43 Dealing with Self-Doubt

51:45 Finding Creativity in Different Areas

About Sam:

I am Sam Valentine, a 12 year veteran of the Actor-Life in LA (with credits from Amazon's Bosch: Legacy to some pilots you never saw). I moved to LA with a Theatre degree and more conviction than I had dollars and proceeded to spend the better part of a decade trying to be literally anything a breakdown wanted me to be.
I created One Broke Actress because I saw a need for stories and advice of real working actors. Am I the all-knowing being in Hollywood who has booked a billion jobs and made big bucks with acting so therefore I know how to advise people and lead like the Gandhi of Southern California? Negative. But I feel there is a lack of honest sharing from actors who are in the thick of it. This career path is crazy AF but that doesn't mean you have to be. So let's get real and maybe learn a life lesson or two in the process.

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New here? Every Wednesday join me, Deborah Lee Smith (actor, filmmaker, and mental health advocate) for a conversation with creatives about their mental health journeys. We discuss the highs, lows, and in-betweens of a creative career and the tools they use to get through it all. Our hope is that you will resonate with their journey, pick up some tips and tricks for your own mental health, and most importantly, feel a little less alone. Because we’re all More Than You See.

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Deborah Lee Smith

Hi there! I'm an actor, producer, and writer who is devoted to storytelling and mental health awareness. After struggling through my own mental health, I found that non-traditional resources, like the ones we explore on More Than You See, helped me immensely get through my dark times. Thus, this website and podcast were born! I look forward to helping you gain agency over your mental health journey as you build your own toolkit of resources, tips, and ideas. Because you never know what might help pull you out of the darkness, and we are all More Than You See.   

Deborah Lee Smith

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