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Archetypal Woman Series: Kelly Rutherford

The old one-dimensional female archetypes -- the soccer mom, the starving artist, the successful-but-lonely boss lady -- are dead. Women are creating new, multidimensional archetypes and defying stereotypes.

The most fulfilled women are constantly creating in multiple areas of their lives, whereas burnout often happens when we feel like the routine of our day job is all we have time for. The Archetypal Woman Series is a tribute to inspiring women who rearrange time and space to explore and excel in a range of activities. May their stories encourage you to expand into your own uniqueness for the benefit of you and everyone in your orbit.

Can you tell us a little bit about the work you do?

I am an actress mostly.

We are in a time of rapid change! What encouraging trends are you seeing in your industry?

Being adaptable and creating new ways to tell stories is important. Creating with people in ways that may not have existed before or at least in the same form.

What are some practical tools you use to help manage your time and energy?

I spend time on my own and notice when I am wasting my time or being distracted unintentionally. I do my best to get things done each day as efficiently as possible with the awareness of what feels right to do at this moment.

This is the Archetypal Woman Series, where we shine a spotlight on women who are bringing forth new, multidimensional ways of living and working. How would you describe the archetype you’re bringing onto the planet?

I love the ones that defy gender. And that can be authentic. It’s about seeing beyond the normal, predictable and routine. And being more open to new ideas and ways of doing things. And trusting yourself even when others don’t see it yet. I love to find women who are doing this. I appreciate them very much. I am bringing awareness to love. It’s important to keep love in our hearts. It’s empowering and makes us beautiful .

Can you tell us about a woman who has had a significant impact on the trajectory of your career? What lessons did she impart?

So many! My acting teacher Josclyn Jones for sure. She would say fight for your limitations and they are yours, and you can’t have what you put down (in others). And basic skills--to be professional, and show up, and bring something to the party, so to speak.

What's next for you? Do you have any projects in the pipeline you'd like us to know about? How can we support you and your work?

Thank you! I am producing and developing projects I love. And including things I love like fashion and tech.

What message do you want to share with the world?

Love. Love. Love.

You can follow Kelly on Instagram @kellyrutherford.

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