Briefcase Model #18

Elissa Ingrid

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Hometown: Dundas, Ontario
Instagram: @elissaingrid1

You might know her from…

Her solo music career.

What has your experience working with the other briefcase models been like?

It's been incredibly positive. This is a team that builds each other up. It's inspiring to see a group of women disarming all the stereotypes that would be expected in this environment - or that popular culture tells us to expect from a group of women. Everyone is so confident and has built a career for themselves, so I find myself learning rather than comparing. No drama. Definitely a lot of laughing at ourselves, especially when we are deliriously tired!

What is the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?

I once went on a 14-day whitewater canoe trip way out in rural Quebec and we lost our map halfway through.

Traveling through rural India on trains was one of the most beautiful experiences I’ve had.
Elissa Ingrid
Briefcase Model #18
What is one moment that made you the person you are today?

Traveling through rural India on trains was one of the most beautiful experiences I've had. Those moments where everything is unfamiliar expand our consciousness more than anything else.

Do you or have you ever owned a business?

I've self-managed myself for many years, which has meant learning a lot of new skills and dealing with a lot of people who questioned my capability. When I was 14 and booking festivals for myself I even made a fake manager named Ingrid Vernon and had her call people for me so I'd be taken seriously. She was a force and didn't take no for an answer!

What hobbies are most important to you?

Definitely being in nature. It's so easy to live in a city and grow detached from the earth, trees, and water. I love being in the ocean, surfing in the early mornings before LA traffic gets crazy. Hiking in the canyons, running, gardening, biking and reading. I'm currently studying music production, so I'm spending time with lots of confusing software, which is great.

Do you speak another language? If so, what languages do you speak?

German was my first language, so it's fun to have Anne Julia on set and expand my vocabulary a bit!

What was your first job?

Teaching job skills to women with special needs at a summer program. It brought me a lot of joy and challenged me never to make assumptions about what anyone is capable of. We are all limitless.

What is the wackiest fun fact about you?

I learned the alphabet backwards before I learned it forwards! My dad thought it would be funny, but my kindergarten teacher was pretty confused.