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UWRF grad offers big thank you to local roots while pursuing LA dream

Fitness model, entrepreneur, body-builder, stunt double, and more, Amelia Skye Dunlap is reaching for her dreams in Los Angeles. She's also reaching back to thank her Hudson and River Falls roots for the support that got her to where she is today. Photo by David Burgoyne.

Though she now lives in Los Angeles, Amelia Skye Dunlap has not forgotten her roots. Dunlap grew up in Hudson and attended UW-River Falls, receiving a marketing degree.

Dunlap is now living her dream, and she wants to thank the Hudson and River Falls communities for helping her reach those dreams.

The 2014 Hudson High School graduate earned a marketing degree in 2018. By July 1, she packed up and moved to LA.

She was following a dream she'd had since she was a little girl, to go to LA to pursue a career in acting, modeling and the arts.

She said many in Hudson have impacted her in some way, and she's appreciative of them all.

"I'm so grateful for everything and I just wanted anybody and everybody to know that no matter how big of a dream, anything is possible with some hard work and dedication.

"Hudson Wisconsin will forever be my home and I think back daily to the teachers, mentors, coaches and friends that have been a part of my life. I wish there was a way to personally thank them all."

She especially wants to thank her parents, Kathy and Mike Dunlap.

Dunlap was also grateful to UW-River Falls, where she was able to sing the national anthem for many athletic events. Dunlap said the university was also accommodating of her running for Miss Wisconsin USA two years in a row.

In LA

Now that she's in LA, Dunlap's goals have shifted. She's focused on the fitness industry.

"I'd always considered myself an athlete growing up," she said.

She competed in gymnastics and showed horses competitively for years. She said though not everyone counts the latter as a sport, it taught her a lot.

"You gotta learn how to lose before you can learn how to win," she said. "I lost so many times before I had ever won, so when I won, it just felt amazing."

Dunlap said the more than 300,000 followers she has on Instagram have helped her launch her career in Los Angeles. And so has her UWRF marketing degree.

"I'm using many skills that my professors taught me," Dunlap said. "I'm able to pitch myself to casting directors a lot easier and manage my business 'Amelia Skye Fitness' no problem."

In LA, Dunlap uses the professional name "Amelia Skye" as she pursues multiple aspects of the fitness world: bodybuilding, a stunt double career and building her own brand.

Bodybuilding

Dunlap hopes to enter the World Beauty Fitness and Fashion pageant in 2019.

"Basically, it's a bodybuilding pageant," she said. "So it's got kind of the bodybuilding feel and the pageant feel combined."

Dunlap has competed in two bikini bodybuilding shows so far, one in Minnesota and one in North Dakota. She's been weight training for about two years.

"It's become my life," she said. "It's become my career, and it's what I'm known for."

Dunlap has also continued to sing the national anthem, but for bodybuilding shows. She flew home to sing for a show in Minneapolis.

"I just have such a busy life," Dunlap said. "But I love when I can incorporate all my passions together."

Stunt double

Dunlap said her goal of becoming an actor now incorporates the aim of becoming a stunt double. She said she's been trying to do some stunt doubling, in addition to her fitness goals. Her website, ameliaskye.com, features her stunt reel and a clothing commercial in which she was featured.

Amelia Skye Fitness

Dunlap has been working to build her personal brand via Instagram and her website. She does fitness modeling, posts about fitness, and shares inspirational posts on her Instagram page.

Dunlap also received certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and is set to soon offer personal training.

"I just really want to show people that they can make working out fun," Dunlap said. "And I get creative with it, so I just kind of wanted to launch my online platform."

Dunlap said she plans to launch a 60-minute full body circuit workout on her website.

"I'm really excited to see where it's going to take me," she said. "Because I know that I have kind of like a tribe behind me... I just have a group of people that's rooting for me."

She said her marketing education from UWRF is helping her manage Amelia Skye Fitness business. She also has a clothing line, "Amelia Skye Fitness Apparel" in the works, which she hopes to launch in another year or two.

"Basically, I'm working as an entrepreneur here out on the West Coast," she said.

Gratitude

None of this, Dunlap said, would have been possible without the support and education she received in Hudson and River Falls.

Her family and friends back home have been supportive, which is why she wanted to reach out through a story to thank them, especially her parents, who she said she knows miss her — especially her mom. They have supported her efforts to reach for her dreams, and she knows they are proud of her.

"It's their support, its just unreal, and it means so much to me," Dunlap said.

Gretta Stark

Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.

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