Meet Tabitha Denholm
on her morning routine
My morning routine varies but I prefer to get up with my roommate who has a proper job - we have breakfast and head into Hollywood together, on a good day having a bold sing a long on the way.
on looking back at her career
I’ve done a few things in my career, I was a model for a while, then I was part of a DJ duo call Queens of Noize. Mairead, my partner, started to manage Florence and The Machine so I started do the artwork and then came to make a video for her. It was a real penny drop moment so that is what I have been doing ever since. I just learned as I went along.
on her favorite part about what she does now
My favorite part of the job is when you get an idea and it feels original - sadly that is not part of my DAILY routine though. When an edit goes well and it feels right, that is particularly satisfying and I love shoot days! I always think it's a bit like being in a band and shoot days are like performing live.
on women under the influence
Women Under The Influence is my project to raise awareness of women directors. I feel that a lot of the industry’s bias towards male directors is fueled by some very deep-seated misconceptions about women filmmakers (often shared by women in the industry.) There is certainly a pervasive myth that there are only about 6 working women directors and I wanted to challenge all that! This project is a positive one all about sharing the amazing stories of the wildly varying women who have and are making films, often in incredibly adverse conditions. Beyond advocacy it is a passion. We run a screening series at Neuehouse and I’m developing a series and of course the instagram @womenundertheinfluence.
on finding inspiration
on her personal style
on her beauty routine
My beauty routine is pretty basic, I use water perhaps a little bit of moisturizing cleanser, I just want things to be simple and most of all not drying, I am quite partial to Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery though.
I do like overnight and under moisturizer serums to combat the LA dryness! My only MUST HAVE in life is a selection of orangey / red lipsticks.
on her favorite books
Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Letham - Dang I love this book it's got a magic realism that feels very contemporary. I love the combination of the potted history of New York culture, hip hop, graffiti etc. teamed with the story of this kid - and the magic of a kids eyes that recedes but never fully disappears as the kid grows up.
The Passion of New Eve by Angela Carter - This blew my mind when I first read it, it just felt like nothing I had ever read before, rather than a linear narrative it grows like crazy tree giving you a distinctly different experience of being in a story.
The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles - What happens if you fall into another place where all the things that make you secure and define you aren’t there anymore? I always think that is such a thrilling prospect.
The Wormwood Star by Spencer Kanza - This is by no means the best written book! But I am reading it at the moment, it is the biography of a fascinating occultist called Marjorie Cameron who came into contact with all these subversive elements in Los Angeles through the years, staring in Kenneth Anger movies, I lap up the colorful history of Los Angeles.
SLASH: A PUNK MAGAZINE FROM LOS ANGELES available from hatandbeard.com which is a local publishing company trying to reestablish the world of local publishing! This is another awesome slice of LA history.
on her night time routine
I'll read a little before I go to sleep so my brain gets a rest. My roommate has started making these hard marbled silk sleep masks @resetandrewind they are a miracle worker for getting a sound nights sleep.
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Tabitha's Favorite Places
The Best Mescal: Yola Mescal
Best Bakery: Proof Bakery Atwater
Best Place to Work: Dinosaur Coffee
Best Local Dinner: Bowery Bungalow
Best Cinema: Cinefamily
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Photography by Lauren Moore