“It’s confusing when people ask me what I do. I kind of smile and ask them, ‘Well, how long do you have?’”
With a glass of wine in hand and lioness-like hair flowing in the wind, Zoe Wilder says this as we sit outside Revel in the Meatpacking District. As a dancer, model, writer, musician, photographer and humanitarian (and that's not all), Zoe Wilder is more than just a one-trick pony. With so many talents and events in her life, she tends to take things as they come, without guidelines or plans. She even told me she had no idea what she was doing that week. Her aversion to routine and monotonous daily plans illuminates her multi-faceted personality. She describes herself as a “sexy free spirit (but one who will get down to business).”
But let’s start at the beginning. Zoe Wilder grew up in Atlanta, Georgia then went to the College of William and Mary to get her Bachelor’s in English Literature. She then moved to New York and received her Master’s in Social Work from Fordham University. When she was just starting out in Brooklyn, Zoe self-published a book of poetry and held poetry readings at her place to promote the book. While doing this, she also worked in fashion design and also acquired her LMSW as a sex therapist. But after exploring fashion and hearing one too many intimate sex stories, she quickly “got bored” and decided these two professions weren’t for her.
Most recently, her focuses have been on being a brand ambassador of wine and spirits and working with her DJ boyfriend of six years, Nutritious, on their record label and event production company: SpinSpinNYC. You might also find her checking coats at Cielo every once in a while. In addition to these things, she plans to work back into her modeling career a bit this summer with some photographer friends. To anyone but Zoe, this may seem like a lot to handle. Luckily, some of these many responsibilities go hand in hand. For instance, being a performer for the company helps it’s success and allows Zoe to maintain an outlet for dance. The company also keeps both Zoe and Nutritious busy while working towards a cooperative goal.
Mixing relationships and work is conventionally thought to be a faux pas, but Zoe assured me the partnership at SpinSpinNYC works out perfectly. She is the Creative Director, taking care of promotion and marketing while also dancing and performing for the company. On the other hand, Nutritious is an integral part of the record label, spinning shows and events all over the world. “[SpinSpinNYC is] our brainchild,” she says of their partnership in the company.
In fact, she can’t think of a person more suitable to help her run the company or be her companion. Dancing is her therapy. So for Zoe, “it just makes sense to have fallen in love with a DJ who can play beautiful music” for her to dance to.
SpinSpinNYC is also used to contribute in humanitarian efforts. Zoe tells me the company tries to incorporate charity work any chance they get. After Sandy struck the shores of Jersey, SpinSpinNYC collaborated with Green Tree to donate mass amounts of clothing to those who had lost everything. In the future, she plans to find a way to help the people of Nicaruagua. After visiting many times, she has been touched by the happiness she felt there and looks to help in any way she can.
But honestly, let’s be real. How many things can one person possibly be capable of? Zoe Wilder seems to have done it all! I finally had to ask her… don’t you get overwhelmed sometimes? Isn’t it hard to keep track of everything? And she simply replies with: “Someone told me at the beginning of the year that maybe I lacked a little focus. I don’t know if that’s accurate. I’ve always been a multi-tasker and in this ADD world we live in, I’d like to think I can focus on a lot of different things and be successful at it.”
So there you have it. Whatever you want to call her, whether that’s a writer, a photographer, a dancer, the nightlife guru of New York City or something else… Zoe defines herself as one thing only. She’s “just an artist.”
She’s just an artist trying to make her mark on the world. The only thing she asks of her work is to evoke some small shred of emotion, positive or negative, from those who experience it. Her closing words were: “If I’m making someone smile at the end of the day, then that’s divine.”
by Katie Robinson & Sarah Remesch