Meet Cool Girl: Madison Reames. In this interview, we spoke about her time in Australia, pursuing a creative career, and so much more. Keep reading to learn all about Madison ☺︎
You just got back from Australia! For those who don't know you, what brought you there in the first place, and what do you think it is about Australia that attracts so many young and creative individuals?
Well I was drawn to Australia about two years ago when I was a freshman in college and I had always wanted to study abroad so I was looking into programs through my school but couldn’t find anything that totally resonated with me. I had seen Byron Bay pop up on my feed multiple times and I always was so intrigued with this small community through the photos and videos I saw of this town. I decided one day to search to see if there were any programs in Byron Bay and surely enough there was to my shock. After that I made a manifestation board with visit byron bay in huge letters and did everything to make it happen. Living in Byron Bay showed me that everyone is there to be themselves. I think thats what attracts creatives to the area, they feel comfortable and inspired to live out their passion, thats why I went.
You produce some amazing work. When did you first get into film and photography, and what do you think inspires you the most and thus reflects into your work?
Thank you! I have always been taking photos, maybe since I was eleven or twelve. I had watched my grandfather growing up and he was always recording our family adventures, it was a way for him to remember the stages of his families life. So when I was finally mature enough to spend my own money on a camera, I did right away. I really liked the idea of documenting my surroundings, sharing moments with my most loved ones. From there my photography expanded into portrait photography, I wanted others to notice the beauty in themselves as well and that was something I was good at. More recently I have been inspired by making art that creates change in this world. I realize that with my growing audience, I can connect others to the importance of vulnerability, authenticity, and sharing my own philosophy of unconditional love to every being. Being my most true self makes me feel so aligned emotionally and in my body. From this I can encourage others to connect to themselves and this is so important when we are growing up in a culture that tells you to be rich and famous and look really good. This isn't tangible and it wont make you happy. SO I want others to realize that satisfying your soul needs is so much more fulfilling.
You created a really beautiful zine: 'Human and Earth Connections.' As a reader, I felt like I really connected with each individual you featured and took a lot away from each piece. Can we expect some more issues any time soon?
Thats so great to hear, I am glad that my work can reach others and make at least one person feel differently. As of right now, I do really want to create another issue. It was so rewarding to make this zine, and I feel like I’m doing something that matters. I feel really passionate about this sort creative work, and with that being said it is so emotionally tolling to put all of my energy into a piece that I am so dedicated to. This is something that not a lot of creatives talk about, the process behind the art. So I will definitely be creating another zine, I just need to take time to take care of myself and then I will think about it. You can expect another issue being made in september, so I hope others will look forward to that!
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
“Flowers bloom for no one but themselves. Be like a flower; bloom only for yourself and do not worry that you are different.”-unknown & “Even after all this time, the sun never says to the earth “You owe me.” Look what happens with a love like that—it lights up the whole world.”—Hafiz
Deciding to pursue a career in the creative industry can seem daunting to many of us. More times than we’d like to admit, we often doubt ourselves to the extent that we never even attempt to get a foot in the door. Do you have any advice that you would recommend to someone who wants to pursue a creative job, but just feels super intimidated?
If you're passionate about it, do it! It doesn’t matter if you get anywhere, whats important is that its feeding your soul and creativity and thus you see the beauty in life. Creativity beyond getting recognition is always about how I feel. My heart races and I get super bubbly when I think of a new idea—this is one of my favorite emotions. The handwork that you spend crying over because you just cant quite get it right—yeah that reminds you that you have the motivation and determination. The feeling of holding a project when you are done with it—you pour your tears out over the magic of starting with an idea and transforming it into something tangible. So don’t feel intimidated, if you are putting the intention and passion behind it, you will be rewarded in so many ways.
When do you feel most you?
When I am out in nature by myself.
Taking even one glance at your Instagram, it’s clear you’re a huge advocate of karma, and how the energy you put out into the universe is the energy you get back. Personally, when I came to this realization it was a HUGE moment for me. What did it feel like for you when you decided to resonate with this mantra of sorts? Was there a specific moment for you when it kind of clicked for you as far as putting good energy out into the world to receive good things back?
I had always known about karma, but it was recently this year that I realized that doing anything for the sake of just being a decent human being is so much more than looking for the reaction because you think you deserve it. Its important to not do things because of the benefit of karma bringing you good things, but rather to do it because it resonates with you.
Now that you’re back in the states, do you have any exciting plans moving forward?
Right now I need to find a job and make money so I can move forward! I am hoping to take off the whole month of September to travel and possibly work on another project. I want to keep working on myself spiritually and connecting to other creatives in my home state!
Who would say is an icon in your eyes?
To me, an icon is someone who is unapologetically themselves. Someone who shares parts of themselves without attachment to judgement. Anyone can be an icon, it doesn't necessarily have the connotation of fame. I’m an icon, my moms an icon, so many of my friends are icons.
What would you say are the top five items everyone should have in their closet?
A good pair of overalls, comfortable boots, an oversized hoodie, something white and flowy, leggings
Top five beauty/skincare items you couldn't live without?
If you could disappear anywhere for 1 year, where would you go, and what three things would you bring with you?
At this moment I am really interested in visiting Morocco. I would bring my journal, my camera, and my favorite book—“The Mastery of Love” by Don Miguel Ruiz
What’s one song you know all the words to and could belt out at a moment’s notice?
Wait a minute! -Willow ← click to listen
How do you feel about the term, Cool Girl?
Cool girl can be defined in so many ways—I would like to define it as someone who is putting themselves out there in the world for themselves, taking risks, changing the game.
Coffee or Tea? Dandelion Tea with Soy Milk and a touch of raw sugar
Digital or Film? Digital
Runway or Vintage? Vintage
Denim or Leather? Denim
Nights in or Nights out? Depends on which gemini side I'm feeling
Single Concert or Festival? Festival
Hot or Cold? Hot
Book or Film? Both
Black & White or Color? Both
To love or Be loved? A balance between the two
The States or Abroad? hmmmm… abroad maybe
Call or Text? Call, hit me up with your voice
Eyes or Lips? Lips
And lastly, what’s your fashion secret?
Wear what you want because it makes you feel good