~ Lillian Gao
Kristin (L) and Sue (R): Courtesy of Tampa Image Factory and @KristinEubanksDotCom on Instagram, respectively
AS A CYNICAL NEW YORKER suspicious of perky people who put exclamation points at the ends of all their sentences, I love meeting people from corners of the U.S. of A. where such perky quirks seem homegrown and genuine. And as a 20-something woman searching for agency over her own creative passions, I ADORE meeting other young women actively chasing theirs. Enter the gals behind “Ninja and Buckwild,” the personality-driven advice platform mounted by two lovely and sweet models (one of their many, many day jobs, as you’ll see), based out of St. Petersburg, Florida–Sue Seitler and Kristin Eubanks Parmeter. Not only are Sue and Kristin as gorgeous as you would expect (Kristin is a blonde, statuesque Southern drink of water and Sue is a bronzed, half-Filipina firecracker), they are brimming with positive energy and everything nice on the inside.
As a cynical New Yorker suspicious of perky people who put exclamation points at the ends of all their sentences, I love meeting people from corners of the U.S. of A. where such perky quirks seem homegrown and genuine.
Sure, their Instagrams and tweets may frequently enthuse about the latest healthy food kicks, how great the sun in St. Petersburg is consistently, and their favorite yoga poses (all things, by the way, that usually make us New Yorkers roll our eyes sooo far back in our heads that they become permanently stuck there), but their unapologetically blithe attitudes are hopelessly, disgustingly contagious.
“Ninja and Buckwild,” originally a mere Instagram account, will soon entail a YouTube channel launching this May and official website all aimed at offering others tips on fitness, comedy, holistic living, beauty, fashion and spirituality. Their target audience? EVERYONE… According to Sue and Kristin, the venture sowed its original seeds separately before the two even met one another.
For years prior to their friendship, Sue had been known as “Sue the Ninja” affectionately and Kristin as “Buckwild” among friends, colleagues, and social media followers. “When we met, it was like ‘Hey I’m Sue the Ninja’ and ‘Hey Girl, I’m Kristin aka Buckwild.’ Two adult women walking around with nicknames like that was so funny and random,” mused Sue.
“When we met, it was like ‘Hey I’m Sue the Ninja’ and ‘Hey Girl, I’m Kristin aka Buckwild.’ Two adult women walking around with nicknames like that was so funny and random.”
The pair began hashtagging all individual Instagram photos with #NinjaAndBuckwild. For pure convenience’s sake, a joint account was formed to simplify affairs. However, along the way, Sue and Kristin realized they both had a wide field of expertise for which others may seek their advice. Henceforth, the birth and nurturing of a YouTube channel became next on the “Ninja and Buckwild” brainstorm docket.
Over a nice virtual chat, I played a round of Q + A with this dynamic duo and their answers were exactly what you would expect: lively, colorful, and sage, sprinkled with amusing interjections and adorable guffaws:
Lil Gripes: So, what ARE your many day jobs?
Kristin: “I am a model and a healer. I am a also a former wrestling diva…
After leaving the wrestling business, I was pretty messed up emotionally. I was really young and my first bout in the entertainment business really ate me up and spit me out. I was lucky enough to get a second chance in Television a few years later with Home Shopping Network and have soared there.
This was after hitting rock bottom and feeling like I would never succeed again after quitting my first TV job. The pressures there proved be too much for me to handle at such a young age and with so little experience. I was abusing Rx drugs such as Xanax at the time of my asking for release from my contract. Xanax definitely doesn’t help your decision-making skills at all!
“After leaving the wrestling business, I was pretty messed up emotionally… [And taking] Xanax definitely doesn’t help your decision-making skills at all!”
However, after I left my contract I moved back to N.C. and was introduced to a group of holistic healers and a spiritual group that changed my life forever. I learned to no longer live in fear, to take responsibility for my actions and my energy and I began to rebuild my life. I began to study under some of these teachers and that is how I became a proponent for holistic living and spirituality. I haven’t had an Rx drug since 2007.
“I learned to no longer live in fear, to take responsibility for my actions and my energy and I began to rebuild my life.”
After I ‘learned all my lessons’ in North Carolina I felt ready to move away from the small town and try my hand in entertainment again–this time equipped with the tools to handle such a high pressure job. After about a year of auditions I was hired on at Home Shopping Network and that is where I met Sue.
Basically, the rest is history and it’s been an amazing ride! I also have my healing and angel card business at www.kristineubanks.com. I now help others to shift their perception and heal their life as I was taught to do.”
Sue: “What don’t I do, is more like it! I’m a licensed cosmetologist, freelance hairstylist and makeup artist. I am a Jannus LIVE TV host for the historic outdoor concert venue in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. I am a craft cocktail, high-volume bartender. I am a model on-air on the Home Shopping Network channel as well as modeling for all sorts of things like ads, print, etcetera. I am also a commercial actress, a stand-up comedian, and mother of a 15-yr old handsome boy. At the end of the day, I’m an One Woman Show.”
LG: “Ninja and Buckwild” already sounds like such a fun, engaging name for a lifestyle brand. Whose idea was it to do a comedy portion specifically?
Kristin: That’s something special that Sue offers. Occasionally I can be funny but Sue is hilarious. She needs to share that with others. Being able to make other people smile is a very special gift.
Sue: Why not?! I grew up living comedy! My mother’s pervertedness [sic] and my father’s dirty mouth like a sailor’s (and his wittiness) is what created this awesome half-Asian mess of a woman! Haha. I LOVE awkward moments and embrace them. My entire childhood and teenage years, I was so quiet and shy. I held back comments, remarks and statements that I obviously never decided to make because, well, I don’t know why. But as I got older, I became this outgoing, trash-talking, dirty, vulgar-mouthed model that surprises EVERYONE!
Growing up, I realized that everyone is so quick to judge people. I’ve been through so much in my life, that it would blow your mind. But I’m thankful for it because that’s what made me “ME”! So when people first look at me they typically think, “Here’s this pretty girl, probably a stuck-up model.” But the second I open up my mouth…..I shock the world! So don’t judge a book by its cover, folks!
LG: Why the holistic living angle?
Kristin: I healed myself from numerous ailments with food and different natural treatments such as angel cards and energy healing. I want to teach others how to do so.
LG: You both seem so self-possessed and accomplished. If I may ask your age…
Kristin: A true lady never tells her age *affecting a sweet Southern drawl*.
Sue: I second that *affecting a tiny Asian voice, as she described it*.
LG: Very, very well-put, ladies. Where did you guys grow up? Are you natives to St. Petersburg?
Kristin: I am originally from NC. I have been in FL for five years, four of those in St. Pete and one in Orlando.
Sue: I originally grew up in San Diego, the Whale’s Vagina. I currently reside in Tampa, Florida but have lived here since ’95–not including when I moved back to SoCal for 9 months in 2004.
LG: Describe each of your personal styles:
On Sue– crop tank: The Shop / necklace: Forever 21 (similar here) / bracelets: Live Lokai / belt: Forever 21 (similar here) / denim: BDG (most similar style at Urban Outfitters) / wedges: Steve Madden / kimono:….not sure where. I must’ve been drunk off of soy sauce when I bought it (similar style here)
Kristin: I’m definitely boho-chic. I’m perfectly content in a maxi dress with a pair of gladiator sandals and a headband 99% of the time. They dress us up at work but I prefer a very casual style.
Sue: I LOVE fashion! So you can see me wearing anything and everything stylish and trendy! I love it all!
LG: Name 3 things that inspire you each:
Kristin: First–Oprah! I want to be her. She is so amazing and has transformed so many lives on a global scale.
Second–Nature- We live in one of the most beautiful cities in the world and I’m in awe every time I step outside or go ride my bike. The sunshine is beautiful but the storms are equally as beautiful and awe inspiring.
Third–My past. When I fell down, I fell pretty hard. Anytime I am tired or don’t feel like pushing through, I look back at that time in my life and I say to myself, “I have accomplished all of my dreams over and over again.” The dream tends to change every few years so I focus on one thing at a time and then move on to the next dream. I envy those who only have one dream and can give everything they have to that. I have so many that I must really focus on being “focused” on the task at hand.
Sue: First– Nature. We can learn so much from Mother Earth herself.
Second– Myself. What I’ve been through throughout my whole existence here on earth. I sometimes remind myself how far I’ve come in life and that continuously inspires me to keep forward in the right direction.
Third– Love. People who love. Showing love. Feeling love. Knowing love. Giving love. Expressing love. Love conquers all.
LG: Twitter or Instagram?
Kristin: Instagram for sure. I’m not funny like Sue so I’m not witty enough for Twitter.
Sue: IG, hands down. I would choose IG over Twitter and Facebook any day.
LG: Favorite junk food?
Kristin: Krispy Kreme. I just moved back to St Pete and now there is one so close to me! I’ve lived here a month and stopped twice for “hot and now” HAHHAHHAH—–When that damn light is on. It’s like a singing siren that lures me in!
Sue: HA! Depends on what you consider junk food. A lot of Filipino dishes aren’t the very best for you so I would consider that my favorite junk food. Masarap!!
LG: Favorite health food?
Kristin: I love raw food. I practice the Raw Till 4 lifestyle so I eat mostly raw fruits and vegetables every day. I don’t believe in limitations and I love filling my body with nutrient dense light filled foods from the earth.
Sue: I not only love eating healthy, but I enjoy it as well. Currently I’m doing the Gaiam TV Conscious Cleanse and it is by far, the tastiest, most fun and enjoyable diet I have ever tried. Makes me want to always eat like this. And by “this”, I mean, no dairy, no eggs, no soy, no wheat or gluten products and eventually no caffeine or alcohol. Lots of fruit and veggies!! I love it! Makes me feel great and so healthy!
LG: Favorite way to exercise?
Kristin: I like to ride my bike and do nature walks. I also like yoga from time to time. Specifically kundalini. It is yoga for the brain and the body and helps to align all the chakras and meridians. It also activates your own kundalini at the base of your spine. This is your energetic power point and your point of manifestation. When the kundalini is active you can accomplish all of your dreams.
Sue: Anything and everything fun in the sun while exercising is my most favorite way to workout. So whether it be a bike ride, kayaking, or paddle-boarding I am the happiest! I LOVE being outdoors and around nature! But if I’m indoors, it’s yoga! For sure!
LG: Favorite thing about St. Petersburg?
Kristin: The water and the beautiful scenery.
Sue: The awesome and constantly thriving downtown area. I love watching St. Pete grow and flourish into a beautiful, badass, happenin’ place!
LG: Favorite 3 comedians?
Kristin: I don’t even know 3. I don’t watch TV very often. Sue is the comedienne.
Sue: I know she is more of a comedic actress but Kristin Wiig is my total #WCW! Other than her, I’d say Sarah Silverman & Louis CK.
LG: Favorite item that you’ve splurged on!
Kristin: Louis Vuitton purse. I had wanted one for so long and I just got one this year. Hubby picked it out and brought it home for me!
Sue: My car! This is my first brand new car with all the bells and whistles and I could not be any more ecstatic about it! I am very thankful. By the way, it’s a Toyota. Why a Toyota, you ask? Duh. Toyota’s to asians are like FUBU. For Us, By Us.
LG: Kristin, describe Sue in 3 words:
Kristin: Sexy, Goofy and Giving. She’s a triple threat!
LG: Sue, describe Kristin in 3 words:
Sue: Gorgeous, Inspirational, Thoughtful
LG: How did you two meet and become best friends?
Kristin and Sue: We met at Home Shopping Network (HSN). After working a few shows together and realizing we had some mutual friends, we started to hang out. We always have FUN together. I think that was the initial draw. Not to mention we really like the same things.
It seems as though where one lacks, the other is strong. And we have each introduced each other to things we may not have known before meeting. We have more of a sister bond than anything. You meet very few soul sisters in your life and we can tell each other anything and be very honest in our relationship. This has helped to strengthen the character of both of us.
What Sue and Kristin envision for the future of “Ninja and Buckwild” is a brand that empowers others to not fit the mold… In their words, “you can be authentically ‘you” and do that as your ‘job.’ We all have gifts given to us in this world and we are supposed to share them.”
Their goal is to empower others to realize a career can take the shape and form of many different things. As a Millennial, I can vouch that this is THE definitive dilemma of my generation. The generation before us, good ol’ Generation X, fought the good fight. They rallied to make it into good schools, secure steady-income careers, and raise the perfect nuclear family. In this current Age of Millennials, the percentage of youths admitted into college is astronomically higher than ever…which means two things:
- The job market is OVERSATURATED with competent young worker bees.
- The goal for Millennials isn’t money anymore…It’s PASSION. HOBBIES. Our LOVES. We’re a bunch of entitled little shitheads and we automatically assume we deserve jobs simply because our parents all have them. We take the very concept of a job for granted. Which leads us to do the obvious thing, follow our hearts rather than follow the money. Is this the right route to go? Well…Stand by for results, shall we?
As a Millennial, I can vouch that this is THE definitive dilemma of my generation… We’re a bunch of entitled little shitheads and we automatically assume we deserve jobs simply because our parents all have them.
Which is what makes “Ninja and Buckwild” such an inspiring, motivating effort by two young women with whom I strongly identify. There are plenty of New Age websites and wannabe lifestyle gurus out there *COUGH GOOP* *COUGH GWYNETH* *GAGGING NOW FROM COUGHING.* In their ever-Zen, kind words, however, Sue and Kristin are quick to point out that they “don’t believe in competition.” Their only goal is to work with other bloggers/vloggers to build an even greater conglomerate platform to offer the world.
*BTW, Sue and Kristin really DO encourage ALL vloggers and bloggers to holler at them if they are interested in collaborating, guest-hosting, or cross-promoting with “Ninja and Buckwild.” Email them at firstname.lastname@example.org to get in touch. I promise they don’t bite 🙂