, we reconnect with some of our favorite street style stars to get an update on how their lives have changed in 2015. Today we catch up with actress, producer and writer, Dani Baum
1. How has your style changed since 2011, when we snapped you?
I don't want to think about what I wear as much as I used to. Everything has become about staples: a great pair of black leather boots, riding pants, white button down shirts, a bag that makes me happy when I look at it, a few great scarves and my rings, which I never take off.
2. What is the most important news story today in your opinion?
Food labeling! We have a RIGHT to know what we are eating. We have a RIGHT to know what we choose to put into our own bodies and whether the produce is grown conventionally, organically, or genetically modified.
Also, I would like to see Bernie Sanders become our next president. This isn't about being a Democrat or a Republican. I personally don't identify with either party. This is about making America human again. I feel that Bernie is the only candidate that is interested in the people of this country. The other candidates are too involved in... dare I say "politics" and I feel that I don't know where they truly stand.
Dani Baum in 2011 for Swagger New York. Photo via Gy-Su Kim
3. What are you up to now?
I'm acting! I purposely used an exclamation mark because I love it so much and just thinking about it makes me happy. Currently I am in a new play called "Who Mourns for Bob the Goon?" at The Dixon Place Theatre. I also made a short film called "Cupcakes" which you can watch here. I am in the process of writing another short which will go into production soon!
5. We first photographed you on the street. Is street style dead? Why or why not?
That's a funny question. It reminds me of how everyone keeps saying New York is dead. No - street style is not dead. As long as we are alive and moving forward as a culture and as a society, everything else, including street style is moving forward too. Style is always going to be a reflection of the culture, the society and the economic situation. Maybe street style is less prevalent at the moment because perhaps as a society we have bigger fish to fry?
6. What is your one high and one low in 2015?
I had a lot of great highs this year. Mainly bumping into actors/writers who I love and have been admiring from afar but then randomly meeting them in the flesh and making a meaningful connection. I bumped into Neil LaBute on the subway, Rob Askins at a Tony Awards party, Amy Morton around the corner from Steppenwolf on the streets of Chicago and Sharr White at a reading.
My low was when I went to Chicago to audition for a great new play and I really wanted the role. It would have been an incredible opportunity. After I auditioned, the casting directors told me that they loved my work and that "they were going to figure out how and where they could fit me into the play." They told me the dates of the callbacks, and to stay in Chicago so that I could come to the callbacks with the director. I was very excited. I changed my flight and stayed in Chicago for an additional two weeks, waiting on the callback information. I did my part and followed up twice. I ended up never hearing back from them. I was really bummed. I went from thinking I had the part to absolute crickets. But I flew back to New York and booked my first audition back and the play I am in now opens tomorrow night, so... that's the silver lining!
7. Since we are going to save these responses for our Vault, where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In five years I will most probably still be in New York City because I love it here and I don't think I will ever leave. I want to be in many important plays that reflect something timely and necessary about our culture and our humanity. I would love to be in some great independent films that do the same. I want to be in projects that help people, especially young people who feel lost or like nobody understands them. (That is what certain films did for me when I was younger, and what ultimately made me decide to become an actor.)
I also really really really want to be on a kickass HBO show... If a "Six Feet Under" sequel ever gets made, PLEASEEE sign me up!
PostedNov 12, 2015