Claudia Mason is an entrepreneur, speaker, author, supermodel, stroke spokesperson, broadcast interviewer, producer, and actress. She is a spokesperson for the American Stroke Association (ASA), devoted to spreading the word about stroke prevention, early signs, and treatment. Mason wrote her first book Finding the Supermodel in You in 2016, where she lends her invaluable advice and expertise in the fast-paced modeling industry.

Where did you grow up and what was your childhood like? Did you have any particular experiences/stories that shaped your adult life?

Manhattan, New York City. A privileged middle-class childhood that still had its share of difficulties, like so many other people’s upbringing. Some experiences that shaped my adult life: the discipline I received by being a student at The School of American Ballet from age 9-12; the complete life turn that fell upon me when I was 13 and was discovered by the biggest high fashion modeling agency in the world and soon launched into the stratosphere of supermodels.

What is something you wish you would’ve realized earlier in your life?

To “leap and the net will appear”, another fave quote. While I am a risk-taker in the healthiest sense of the phrase, I was overly serious as a younger person and I wish I had had more fun. As humans, our base essence & nature is that of ease and joy, and while life has serious moments and must be lived in a conscious and conscientious manner, it is also most important to let loose in a healthy way and enjoy the game of life – one will get more of what one needs and desires this way instead of white-knuckling one’s way through this wondrous journey of being human.

What are bad recommendations you hear in your profession or area of expertise?

For as many good recommendations exist in any profession there are an equal amount of bad ones – it’s Newton’s third law of physics: for every action, there’s an equal and opposite reaction. Most all bad recommendations come from a person’s fear which is at the root of jealousy & hatred. When more people are able to truly help heal the trauma within themselves and help others, so many fear-based actions will dissipate.

Tell me about one of the darker periods you’ve experienced in life. How you came out of it and what you learned from it?

“Awareness, acceptance, action” is such an important tool to have in one’s spiritual toolkit. We must first be aware that we have gone through something dark (in many instances this means the matter moves from the subconscious to the conscious mind); in order to consciously accept it; which allows us to then take the all-important action to help move out of the dark remnants, or PTS of what happened, and forward into sustaining a healthy way of living that isn’t tied to the past negative period. What I have learned from any dark period in my life is that I must tell my story and seek the help of a qualified trusted person or group. Humans are not robots (yet) and therefore need other humans to help heal and thrive going forward.

What is one thing that you do that you feel has been the biggest contributor to your success so far?

Meditate, meditate, meditate. Having a thriving spiritual life and certainly, daily practice is paramount for a person’s health, happiness, abundance.

What is your morning routine?

I meditate first thing in the morning for 20 minutes. I then look at the news over a cup of tea. If I’m working from home I try to get out of the house before noon.

What habit or behavior that you have pursued for a few years has most improved your life?

Practicing gratitude. It can alter your entire life when you get the focus off of what you “lack” and onto what you have, what you’re grateful for – talk about a mind-altering shift of perspective.

What are your strategies for being productive and using your time most efficiently?

Focusing on what is most important to accomplish in a given day and then set myself up to achieve it.

What book(s) have influenced your life the most? Why?

The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov – I’m not consciously clear as to why this has influenced me so much, but it’s clear to my sub-conscious as to why… it certainly is a brilliant book. I love classic literature written by men and women who were/are not only deep thinkers and questioners but adept at creative endeavors that move one’s soul and intellect. This Russian novel asks the reader to question what you’ve been told and to excavate your psyche for buried treasures that might help you understand yourself and your fellow man that much more. This is perhaps why it has influenced me, after all, my most-quoted phrase as a speaker and coach is “It’s an inside job”. Other influential books: Brave New World by Aldous Huxley; A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess; Still Life with Woodpecker by Tom Robbins; Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver

Do you have any quotes you live by or think of often?

“God in the midst of me is mighty”; “The Will to Good” and many more.