This Walking Dead Star Has The Best Life Advice—& You Could Try It Today


The rare dreamer who found her calling as a kid, Sydney Park will inspire anyone who has their sights set on a big, impossible goal. Plus, her daily life hacks are totally achievable. 

The Walking Dead aired its 100th episode last night, kicking off season eight with a whole lot of action and a glimpse into the future. Sydney Park's character on the show, Cyndie, hasn't factored prominently yet, but there are hints that she might sometime soon. And the 19-year-old is overjoyed at that idea.  "I’ve been blessed to be a part of such a phenomenally successful show and the real cherry-on-top is how many people look up to me and my character," she says. "When I’m working the Walker Stalker Cons, I’m amazed by how many different walks of life come out to show me and my TWD family so much love!"

Turning 20 in just a week, Park isn't someone who just fell into acting. She worked for it, knowing from an incredibly young age that entertaining was something she needed to do. "My parents are very creative people and throughout my childhood they encouraged me to thrive off of my talents," she explains. "My mom started working at The Hollywood Improv as a server and my spunky, six-year-old self would tag along with her to work. I pretty much grew up at the Improv. That’s a place I can call home." After an opportunity to grab the mic and try her hand at stand-up comedy at the tender age of six, she was hooked. 

Since then, she's honed her craft as a singer and actress, played Tia Mowry-Hardrict’s daughter on a Nickelodeon show, and is about to star opposite Zach Gilford (ahem, Matt Saracen) in a YouTube Red show called Lifeline that's produced by none other than The Rock.  

So, what does self-care, organization, and a beauty routine look like for someone who is getting their life and career off the ground at the same time—in front of 200,000 Instagram fans? Refreshingly simple. Keep scrolling for beauty essentials and life advice you can easily afford to try right now. 


"Sometimes, when I get stressed over work-related things or situations in my personal life, I say to myself, “I got this.” Because, oh that’s right, I do!"


Skin saver: Blotting paper.

"Oil blots are my life. I have nice skin and I’m thankful for my natural oils, but sometimes you just need to blot it out."


Cant-miss podcast: Therapy for Black Girls.

"I’ve recently been getting into the “Therapy for Black Girls” podcast by Dr. Joy Harden Bradford. She is a licensed psychologist from Atlanta. I love how Dr. Bradford touches on important subjects for young Black women who are trying to stay healthy and happy in the world we live in!


Happy-place outfit: Bell-bottoms with knee-high slits. 

"I love my 7 For All Mankind bell-bottom jeans. They’re high-waisted with slits that go up to my knees in the front! Every time I wear them I feel groovy as hell."


Currently reading...

I’m almost finished with the novel Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan and after that, I’ll be reading Whiskey Words & A Shovel I by the poet R.H. Sin.


Productivity hack: Calendar commitment. 

"Organize your to-dos and upcoming obligations in your calendar. As much of a pain as it can be, you will thank yourself for it later!"


Most opened app: Pinterest!


Good-hair secret weapon: Sulfate-free shampoo.

"I use alcohol and sulfate-free shampoo & conditioner. My favorites are the solid bars from LUSH!"


Go-to shoe: Sneakers!

"I’m normally a boots kind of gal, but when it gets too hot I love to rock a good sneaker! Right now I’m digging Frye’s new collection of sneaks; I just bought a black leather pair. Definitely a closet essential."


"Bikram yoga and meditation in general have transformed my life over the past three years. Breathing, connecting with my body, and expanding my spirituality is a must considering how hectic my work schedule can get!"


"There’s this wonderfully hilarious Napoleon Dynamite gif of Jon Heder dancing to “Canned Heat” by Jamiroquai. That entire dance sequence is me!"

Words: Neha Gandhi
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