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STYLE Insider: Kim Crossman Talks Circus Dreams, Favourite Eateries and Redefining Success

Photography by George Gottlieb

Kiwi actor Kim Crossman has had a busy career in both the New Zealand and international showbiz scene. But after being diagnosed with depression, Crossman found herself suffering from burnout with no tools to heal. Turning to most inspiring people she knew, she launched Pretty Depressed, an unfiltered podcast series that asks people how they navigate work/life balance and mental wellbeing. 

As she launches season two of Pretty Depressed, we chat with Crossman about finding inspiration in comedy, childhoods dream and her favourite hidden gem in New Zealand.

I started a podcast because… I needed to turn my recovery into a project, otherwise I would never have allocated time every week to educating myself and learning tools. I put off self care but I never put off work, so essentially I tricked myself into making space and time to have open and honest conversations with others about mental health.

I have learnt a lot about alternative therapy and how to stop spiraling thoughts. Also a lot about how to and not to communicate with someone who is not in a good place.

The things I miss most about LA are…my cats and partner are still over there. I miss them so much. I love working in New Zealand so I am happy to be here and to be able to keep working is such a luxury.

The biggest lesson I’ve learnt in the past year is… to redefine success to myself. I am very goal-oriented but I never really allow myself to enjoy moments when they are happening. I tend to set big lofty tangible goals and not enjoy them when I arrive – I am already on to the next thing.

‘Be where your feet are’ was a great piece of advice. Also ‘what you don’t deal with, will deal with you’ meaning if you put off the work, dealing with anything that is holding you back or unhealthy habits, they will get the best of you and only grow with time.

When I was a kid, I wanted to be… in the circus, a backup dancer, a vet or an actress.

Five Auckland eateries I love to dine at… Satya, Cotto, Soul, Phil’s Kitchen and Taiko.

Satya Chai Lounge, Karangahape Road

The most cherished item I own is… my teddy bear, Morgan. I have had him since I was young and always travel with him. I used to get really homesick when I would travel a lot. He was my little piece of home I would always take with me.

My style icon… I tend to lean more towards casual beachy styles rather than expensive brands or high fashion. I think my personal style icon was my Nana. She would wear these awesome matching tracksuits with matching heels and handbags and be comfy and look cool as all the time.

When I need a pick-me-up I… have a shower and a coffee. Honestly most afternoons I will do this if I have to work in the evening or go out. Showers seem to reset me. ‘Shower and start again’.

Armchair Expert with Dax Shephard (Instagram) and Sex & Vanity by Kevin Kwan (Penguin Books)

The best book I’ve read lately… Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan.

My podcast recommendation… besides mine (ha!), I love Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard.

My favourite hidden gem in New Zealand… I love the top of the mountain at Pauanui. It’s a bit of a hike to get up but the view is splendid.

My favourite place in the world to travel to… I loved the coast of Turkey and I loved my time in Kolkata, India. I tend to love places that are the most different from New Zealand. A chaotic city is always so fascinating to me. I must say I am not sure if I could live in the chaos. Peaceful New Zealand is really the best place on the planet.

A seaside town in Turkey

My three dream dinner guests would be… the Queen, My Nana and Jax (the character from Sons of Anarchy played by Charlie Hunnam).

I would have a cup of tea with the Queen and my Nana and we would laugh and eat cucumber sandwiches with our fancy teacups and plates. Then they would go to bed early and Charlie and I would drink beer and hopefully make out?

I find inspiration in… comedy. I listen to stand-up comedy all day every day in the car. I love laughing and the commentary on quirky or mundane things. Comedians are the best! Finding a new perspective to look at specific or common things is a real joy.

A piece of advice I’d give to my younger self is… go and see a therapist. Learn more about mental health and cut yourself some slack. Being so hard on yourself is not helpful… and stop over-plucking your eyebrows, haha.

Season 1 and 2 of Pretty Depressed are now available now on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. 

The Local Beauty Experts We’re Visiting This Season

Whether it’s beautiful brows, a lunchtime laser treatment or a serious skin-health journey you’re in need of, Skin Institute Group has been taking care of Kiwi skin health and complexions for more than 25 years.  There’s never been a better time or reason to get behind local beauty businesses. If you’re in need of expert advice where your beauty routine is concerned, New Zealand-owned Skin Institute Group employs some of New Zealand’s best medical practitioners and highly trained skin and beauty therapists to help you achieve the results you’re after. With Skin Institute, Lovely by skin institute and OFF & ON – all under the Skin Institute Group umbrella – you know you’re in the right place.

Skin Institute
For a quarter of a century, Skin Institute has been leading the way in New Zealand skin treatment. In fact, these days there’s not a lot that its 17 clinics around the country can’t do when it comes to achieving your skin-health goals. Because no two complexions or skin concerns are alike, a holistic, multi-disciplinary approach to skin is at the heart of everything that Skin Institute does. The knowledgeable and talented team consists of more than 200 highly qualified surgeons, specialists, doctors, nurses and advanced skin therapists that work with you to address your unique needs.

Whether it’s the early signs of ageing, pigmentation, sun damage or volume loss that you’re interested in addressing, Skin Institute offers an array of cutting-edge appearance-medicine techniques and treatments that will help you look and feel your best. As well as being experts in appearance medicine, Skin Institute has a wealth of expertise in skin cancer and veins. In fact, Skin Institute is the only skin health centre in New Zealand that offers everything from full-body skin cancer checks right through to advanced cosmetic surgery.

To book, visit skininstitute.co.nz and follow Skin Institute on [email protected] 

Lovely by skin institute
As part of the wider Skin Institute Group, Lovely by skin institute is a mall-based and go-to expert skin and beauty brand that offers accessible and affordable general skin health, laser, injectables and body treatments within its five Auckland locations.  A philosophy of looking and feeling great is important to Lovely by skin institute, and the highly trained and experienced team utilise superior technology to help you get the complexion of your dreams.

And because all services are signed off by the Skin Institute medical doctors, you know you’re in the best hands possible. From results-driven skin peels or anti-wrinkle treatments, or the lunchtime non-surgical facelift – Ulfit, to extensive treatment plans, Lovely by skin institute offers a wide array of treatments at affordable prices, so reaching your skincare goals has never been easier.

To book, visit lovelybyskin.co.nz and follow Lovely by skin institute on Facebook @lovelybyskin 

OFF & ON 

Looking and feeling great doesn’t end with a bespoke skin-health journey. In fact it most often starts with having your essential maintenance sorted.  OFF & ON are the iconic New Zealand leaders in hair removal and brows with branches nationally dedicated to taking it off and putting it on… with a twist.  Armed with a veritable toolkit of techniques and specialist brow artists, ON is the complete home of believable brows and luscious lashes including the signature Browography microblading and Henna Spa.

The recent addition of the specialist  injectables bar supported by Skin Institute Group’s leading appearance-medicine experts, delivers bespoke, beautiful and believable results. That leaves OFF to, well, take it off.  The specialist waxers, custom-wax formulation and the famous ‘miyagi’ technique honed over 12 years means that even a waxing experience can be enjoyable. The addition of state-of-the-art laser hair removal with the Rolls-Royce of technology and dedicated laser techs means there is a solution for every hair-raising situation and has cemented OFF & ON as the country’s hair-removal experts.

To book, visit offandon.co.nz and follow OFF & ON  Facebook and Instagram: @offandonnz