We had the good fortune of connecting with Mariah Sun and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mariah, what is the most important factor behind your success?
Integrity and meaning. I think I find success in a lot of things because I have a purpose in everything I do. Even my business ventures, I never went into anything for the money. Modeling, I just wanted to show girls and boys who look different you can literally be whoever. When I sold clothes, I wanted to help women feel beautiful. Now that I’m embarking further into my spiritual journey and dabbling in the retail side world of metaphysics- my only goal is to help people heal. I think you get back what you give and I try to be genuine and selfless.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Well I kind of fell into modeling when I was 15. A local photographer posted for a girl with freckles and there I was! Then I did work for some local brands and events. Eventually flying all over for different shoots. Modeling put me into a journey of exploring social media and myself, and I guess along that path I made a lot of friends who influenced my spiritual journey. I feel like I found a place for myself on social media where I get to put my own weird spin on modeling, spirituality, and business. I went through a lot of ups and downs, because I didn’t grow up with a ton of friends. I’ve always been somewhat introverted. So I had a hard time deciding what parts of myself I wanted to show on social media, and always worried if I was too much or not enough. Just sort of feeling like I was out of touch with what was trending or what the right “image” was. I eventually found comfort in just being me. I think a lot of the bookings, readings, and business I’ve got were from being myself and being genuine. I’ve learned you can never get genuinely good things back if you’re not being genuinely good. Let your intentions in everything you do be pure, and I wholeheartedly believe the return is greater than the investment. I put love into everything I do.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
When my best friend comes to town, we are livinggggg!! Tourists always want to check out the dispensaries, and my go to recommendations are Affinity and Colorado Harvest Company. Of course we have to stop and grab drinks, and I’m sorry but nothing quenches my taste for beer-ritas like Fuzzy’s Taco Shop. I’m a picky eater though, so you’ll probably see me in Juicy Seafood, Hook & Reel, The Lost Cajun, Bonchon (try the takoyaki!), and Native Foods. I love spa days and shopping, so I’ll have to stop at Sao Nails. My friends know if I’m going shopping my first stop is Isis Books Gifts & Healing Oasis. For a taste of Colorado- I love going to Red Rocks! And the best hike (don’t steal my spot), is Blue Lake just past Nederland. The itinerary is kind of all over the place, but you get the point!
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?
My mom deserves a lot of the credit for everything. She taught me at a young age that I’d experience backlash for things out of my control. She always taught me to embrace everything about myself, from my ethnicity to my freckles. She gave me the freedom to be myself always. She also instilled the mindset of treating others and the planet right. To do this day, I cannot litter. I can hear my mother’s voice in the back of my head if I even consider throwing out a gum wrapper. But more importantly, she emphasized treating other people with kindness. I didn’t fully hear her til I grew up, but she planted the seed. Since I was a kid I’ve always had holistic health practices around me. My mom is vegetarian, and we grew up fairly healthy. My mom and grandma always had holistic or herbal cures to any ailment. My grandma also deserves recognition. She is the queen of herbs and holistic living. I remember we’d always put Cumfrey powder on our large wounds instead of medicine or something. My whole mindset and lifestyle was shifted by them. And lastly, my uncle Rosado. He passed away in August of 2020. I called my uncle my hype man. He gave me so much confidence. He believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself. I found out I was signed to my dream agency the day he passed away, and I know he’s had a hand in every blessing that’s come since.