Wild Profile: Lauren Gesswein, Meet the World

by: The WILD

October 24, 2013

WhoLauren Gesswein
Where she was born: Fairfield, CT
Where she’s living now: Brooklyn
What she does: Photographer

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What she’s currently working on:
I like to balance a few projects at once and while I don’t want to give too much away as these are all works in progress, the basic gist of my current work revolves around rappers and queer culture. Street photography is at the heart of all my work and that will forever be my life project.

What good energy means to her:
When I’m in a room full of people that I love and trust and everyone’s living in the moment. Nothing beats that.

On her life to-do list:
Meet Joaquin Phoenix. He was my first and only true celebrity crush that I crushed on pretty hard in high school. I wanted so badly to meet him and that urge has never vanished. It will happen.

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What cracks her up:
Portlandia and Louis CK.

The Wildest situation she’s ever experienced:
There are a few, but about three years ago when I was living in L.A., I received an offer to act as a very minor role in a made-for-TV Sci Fi movie called “Mongolian Death Worm.” I was told I was going to be playing the role of the Asian nurse, which killed me because not one percentage of me is Asian. I just couldn’t say no and was thus immediately flown to Dallas only to find I had my own hotel room and trailer and was driven personally to set for the four days or so I was there. The whole experience was incredibly hilarious and surreal. I was a fish out of water with no acting experience or desire to pursue acting, but I went with it and never regretted it.

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What she can’t live without:
My eyes.

What  she’d like to leave to future generation:
Never take no for an answer.

Her next challenge:
Meeting the world.

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Her hero:
I have too many. I’m obsessed with learning about how young creatives have risen to fame and I’m so inspired by every story. I watch countless interviews on YouTube about a particular person I’m currently infatuated with. They can be photographers, musicians, artists, actors, writers–anyone who’s successfully followed a dream and worked hard at it, really.

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Lauren’s WILD Wish:
To be remembered.

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