Recently I got to chop it up with stylist, model, and actress Sydney Graham about her introduction into the industry, her love for Prince, her personal style, dating, and why clout isn’t the gateway to happiness.
Me:Hey girl ! Let’s jump into it ! So what was your first introduction into the industry ?
Sydney: I think it would’ve been my Matte Brand shoot with Bri (Briana Wilson).. this is probably like two years ago so it was a long long time ago. Then things kinda started coming my way day by day, month by month. Whatever pace it was at and yeah that was it !
Me: Dope & Where are you from ?
Sydney: I’m from Corona, California. It’s like a hour and 20 minutes from LA depending on the traffic and it’s also like on the way to San Diego
Me: Yeah that LA traffic is crazy, I came down there last month for Agenda and I felt so over-whelmed. I don’t think I’m cut I’m out for it
Sydney: Yeah it is a lot but I wonder what New York is like
Me: Yeah New York is lit but it’s impossible to get anywhere. Buses will damn near try to run you over and people are just following with no worry, like it’s crazy…Aside from that, you definitely got to visit Manhattan and Jamaican Queens though, you’ll have a good time.
Me: So I know you style, model, and act as well . What occupation do you think you enjoy the most out of all them and why?
Sydney: Mmmm… I feel like I like styling the most because it’s the easiest I would say. Everything comes together easily for me when it comes to putting outfits together. Everything else you have to study a script for or with modeling you got to make sure those angles are on point .Styling just comes super super easy and is my favorite out of those I would say.
Me: So I know you said that styling for you was the easiest. How did styling even come about for you ? Was it something you just enjoyed doing on yourself or did you just try it out or ?
Sydney: Well someone told me that I needed to..ya know..switch it up as far as clothing and to start going outside of my comfort zone. Eventually I was like “actually I feel like I can take these skills and put it on someone else and can probably try dressing up other people”. It kinda came to me probably February/March… when I got bored of dressing myself up in cool outfits, I kinda wanted to do it for someone else.
Me: So how would you describe your own personal style ? Because I’ve seen you wear cat suits to trying out just about everything without ever allowing the outfit wear you. How would you describe what you go for?
Sydney: My own personal style? That’s a hard question because I feel like this is what everyone says “ohhhh it depends what mood that I’m in” but it really is that. If I’m feeling sexy then I’m gonna wear something raunchy or something with a little height. It really depends on the mood I’m in or if I’m anxious to wear something what I just got. I really don’t know how to describe my style.
Me: Do you think it’s still developing or it just depends?
Sydney: Yeah I think it is still developing at this point so maybe soon ill have a clear word for it but for right now, definitely not
Me: So while creating your own style for you and others, do you think self-confidence came along the way or do you think you had it before?
Sydney: Oh I definitely had confidence way before styling. I think that confidence is what contributed to my style ,but confidence was definitely there before, for sure.
Me: Definitely ! So I’m looking through your Instagram and you have some pieces with Prince apart of it whether it’s a shirt or necklace. Being that you’re a huge fan, what would you say is your favorite Prince album and song ?
Sydney: I think my favorite album would be Signs O’ The Times but my favorite song isn’t on the album. Its on[ I feel so basic ,Purple Rain], but Darling Nikki. I always listen to that before a photo shoot because it makes me get in the zone. Yeah.. that would have to be my favorite song, I listen to it like every other day.
Me: I definitely feel you, I play Prince like once a week and HAVE to play “Beautiful Ones”.
Sydney: Yeah that’s going to be my wedding song[aha], I love that song
Me: So speaking of music , I peeped that you played a role in Steve Lacy’s video for Ryd earlier this year . How did that collaboration come about ?
Sydney: Well we were already friends and so then it was kinda like out of nowhere he just hit me up and asked me to be in his music video and I’m like “yeah sure”. We rehearsed it the night before, the next day we went out there and shot the whole thing. He knew I was trying to get into acting so that was cool of him to even offer that to me and pretend that I was beating his ass
Me: Do you see yourself taking on any other roles this year ? Because in the video you played like a crazy girlfriend
Sydney: Hopefully, honestly. This stuff isn’t easy at all but yeah I really really want to book a challenging role. Mainly like action because these action movies make me wanna be like Wonder Woman or something
Me: Yeah like the Black Panther movie that’s dropping next year is going to be crazy! I seen Lupita and Michael B. Jordan and it’s like yeah, I’m going to definitely make that move.
Sydney: Omg yes! That movie is about to be so good. That’s the move for me!
Me: Being that you pretty much have 3 different jobs within the industry , how hard is it for you to date ?
Sydney: Oh hell no, I’m not dating anybody right now.
Me: What’s something about you that people would never guess ?
Sydney: Probably that I’m obsessed with my cat named Toby, I think that would be about it.
Me: What’s a piece of advice that you would give to any girl who wants to be in your position one day whether that be for styling,modeling, or acting ? And what can we look forward to from you for the rest of the year ?
Sydney: I would say…. just keep going and don’t stop because however much effort you put into what you want to do is what you will get out. I had to learn that the hard way because there will be times when I don’t feel like doing anything and nothing will come to me. Once I put myself out there and start working hard and putting energy into something, I got what I wanted. Also do what you makes you happy too! Don’t do it because it easy and sometimes why I feel like some girls do this Instagram thing and whatever’s poppin’ right now. You should do what just works for you. I used to job hop all the time working at Best Buy, sushi restaurants, and I just couldn’t find what I was passionate about until I went off to modeling,acting, and styling. I dropped out of college because I saw my calling.
Me: So pretty much just do what you wanna do without wanting clout ?
Sydney : Yeah don’t do it for clout, clout doesn’t do anything for you at the end of the day.
Me: What can we look forward from you for the rest of the year? Because you’re literally always working
Sydney: Just keeping busy, not gonna put anything out there yet. It’ll be a surprise and it’s something I’m excited about!
Me: Well I definitely enjoyed this ! You were awesome! Thank you for your time here at Everything Boisterous!
Sydney: Yeah definitely! No problem and thank you !