YOU'RE FROM CORNWALL, CAN YOU TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHAT'S IT LIKE THERE?
Yes I'm from a beautiful little town in Cornwall called St Ives. I absolutely love having it as my base to come home to after I've been travelling as i have lots of friends there, the surf is fun and all my family live there too. Cornwall is famous for it stunning coastline and country side and i feel very proud to have grown up in such a place. No matter where i travel or for how long I'm away for i always feel excited to come home. St Ives to me will always be my home, if you haven't visited there i definitely recommend it, you won't regret it.
WHAT DO YOU DO FOR LIVING AND WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING IN YOUR FREE TIME?
I have a couple of sponsors who pay me to be their ambassadors which is great! i also work in the busiest restaurant in my town with the coolest group of girls that make working there so much fun! I also like do paint and have sold a few paintings, this is something that in the future i would love to try and pursue, if you haven't already check out my art page on Instagram art.melodieshakespear ! in my free time i love to surf, paint, explore, meet up with friends, plan new adventures, i like to write, and of course hang out with my boyfriend!
WHEN DID YOU START SURFING AND HOW DID IT OCCUR TO YOU?
I started surfing around 5 years ago, it occurred to me that i should start seeing as though I'm always travelling around the world to some amazing beaches, and i also live in an amazing surfing community where everyone surfs and their lives are based around it. so i thought i may swell give it a go.. i haven't looked back since! its the best decision I've ever made, surfing is THE BEST!
CAN YOU TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT MODELLING? WHEN DID YOU START IT AND HOW DOES IT MAKES YOU FEEL?
Yes i do a bit of modelling here and there, i'm not actually signed with an agency so therefore i can do it when i please which makes it more relaxed for me, and i can do it when i want. I really enjoy it, especially when you get to work with a great group of people who encourage you and make you feel confident throughout the shoot. it makes me feel good when you see the outcome and you're like "woah that's me!" it gives you that little confidence boost (that i lack sometimes, so it helps me for sure).
WHAT OTHER PASSIONS DO YOU HAVE? WHAT SPARKS YOU?
I have a huge passion for art, I'm always painting and drawing and looking through magazines at colours and patterns, like surfing art is a place where i can express myself and be whatever i want to be. i also love photography (not that I'm a photographer or anything, i just really enjoy it) i love capturing beautiful moments and places that i have been.
WHO/WHAT MOTIVATES AND INSPIRES YOU?
My biggest inspiration in surfing is Steph Gilmore, she is the ultimate queen of style and grace. she inspires me everyday to surf and do what i love. My biggest Inspiration in art is a beautiful artist called Heather Day, she paints the most incredible pictures and some days i get lost scrolling through her Instagram at all the colour and flow of her paintings. But over all that the woman who inspires me the most is my mum, she has been through a hell of a lot and still manages to be the happiest, brightest star in the world!
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE ADVENTURE(S) SO FAR?
My favourite adventure so far would definitely have to be Hawaii, what a trip that was! The sunshine, the waves, the beaches, the palm trees, it was just complete paradise and one day i dream of going back there! Im also writing a journal about this trip that I'm currently on around Europe which is so far an incredible adventure.
WHAT ACHIEVEMENT(S) OF YOURS ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF?
An achievement that I'm very proud of was sharing my story on stage of growing up in a camper van and travelling around Europe being home schooled until i was 11 with over 100,000 people at the NEC in Birmingham, i still can't believed i did that but it made me feel like a BOSS! and out of it i got a huge motorhome to travel around the UK in it exploring new places. (it had a massive picture of me surfing printed on the side too!)
WHAT PIECE OF ADVICE WOULD YOU SHARE WITH OTHER GIRLS?
Don't get tied down doing something you're not happy with - for example a job that you hate. Get out there and live your best life, there are so many opportunities so grasp them whilst you can and have fun!
WHAT’S YOUR ULTIMATE GOAL / DREAM IN LIFE?
My ultimate goal is to just keep doing what I'm doing and sharing it with other people to inspire them to get out there and explore! theres so much of the world to see!
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