We had the good fortune of connecting with Amanda Christine and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amanda, what do you want your legacy to be?
I want my legacy to be one of joy, creativity, and innovation. I would love for people to remember me by the good feelings I hopefully invoked in their hearts — and the kickass community projects I’m involved in.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I very much fall under the category of Renegade Artist and adhere to the adage, “to make an omelette, you must break a few eggs” (even though I’m vegan). I feel like I literally have to be making something, always. I usually come by materials in a non-traditional sense and I do not hesitate to take apart things to make other things (including my own art). This process stokes my rebellious spirit and makes me feel alive in this world. It reminds me of my own unique perspective, of the gift of life, and of my own personal agency and self autonomy. I always strive for the end result of what I make to have a sense of joy about it, and a huge part of my journey (of art and of life) is recognizing that to have joy as an end result, I have to be committed to living life on my own terms, to be keenly interested in discovering what brings ME joy, and really just respectfully leaving behind what’s for everybody else. I find that the more I heed that, the more freedom, power, and fun I have. And as with anything, this has totally been a process, a process of learning to stand up for my authentic self and do life in my own way, regardless of varying degrees of pressure from outside sources. At the end of the day though, no one else can live my life for me, only I can, so I might as well make it exactly how I want it.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would definitely have us hop on our bikes and spend a day biking to different parks and along the river trails. In between we could stop and fuel up with food, first at maybe Watercourse for breakfast, followed by Nooch to pick up some snacks and hit up some shops along Broadway while we’re there. The Corner Beet would be great for lunch and a refreshing smoothie, then back to playing in parks, talking, and people watching. We’d grab some tea in the afternoon, maybe head back to Broadway to leisurely check out the records and books at Mutiny, and check out live music at night (ideally). Denver’s a great place to live and just be, to bumble around and flow and see where you end up.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
So many people — my friends, mentors and people I’ve met along the way, my dog. I hope they all know how much they mean to me and how much I appreciate them (and I’ll make sure to keep telling them!).