Professional Mermaid Linden Wolbert

11 Jul

So if you know anything about the world of professional mermaids, which as an extremely fortunate reader of this blog you obviously do, you know that Linden Wolbert is one of the more kick-ass mermaids out there. She’s an accomplished swimmer, scuba diver and freediver who can hold her breath for five minutes underwater, and she loves talking to kids about the ocean, making them fall madly in love with it so they’ll want to protect it. And she’s beautiful and sweet and radiant and passionate and enchanting and all those kinds of mermaidly things. It’s really almost too much. When I interviewed mermaid extraordinaire Hannah Fraser recently for a gorgeous new MERMAID MAGAZINE I’m editing, which I shall write about more later this week, it was Linden she mentioned first as the mermaid she admired and looked up to.

Here’s Linden on the Today Show a couple months ago:

And here she is last summer on the 20/20, where she appeared with Hannah Fraser.

Amazing, right? Here is our Q and A:

How long have you been a mermaid?
Always. πŸ™‚ In fact, I have a theory that I was a fish in a past life….and transitioning into my human form this time around was too difficult. Clearly, I had no choice but to make myself into a half-fish, half-human creature as a result! I actually started mermaiding in earnest in 2005. Thus began the creation of my mermaid tail, which was something like “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” meets “The Never Ending Story” with a splash of “The Abyss” if you catch my drift πŸ˜‰ Wow. Not an easy task. But it was beyond worth it!!! (Special shout out thanks to Allan Holt, my amazing Special Effects artist!!!) With this incredible one-of-a-kind 35 pound silicone appendage, I can now move freely about the ocean, or a swimming pool, with relative ease and speed. πŸ™‚

How did you get your start professionally?

I was working in an office job from 9-5 and on-call 24 hours a day. I found it challenging because all I could do was dream of diving. Lunch breaks were spent watching underwater footage online and dreaming myself into those magical aquatic places, and every moment outside of work possible was spent underwater. As much as I LOVED life in a cubicle, I decided to quit my “real job” to pursue my dreams in the ocean. With visions dancing in my head of educating children about ocean conservation, underwater exploration and water safety, exotic travel and meeting other ocean-minded people, I headed tail-first into my dreams. Since I was a competitive swimmer, avid SCUBA diver and a freediver (breath hold diver) long before I became a mermaid, I fell naturally into the role once I made my mind up to do it. Thanks to lengthy and dedicated training I can hold my breath for over 5 minutes and dive to 100 feet down and back on a single breath of air….almost deeper than I’ve SCUBA dived! I have yet to hit my limits as a freediver, which is very exciting when it comes to mermaiding. I feel more and more like a “real” mermaid the better my diving gets. I am a mermaid with a message from the oceans….and hopefully the realistic nature of my mermaid appearance captures people’s attention long enough to listen and become as enchanted with the sea as I am.

Have you always loved mermaids?
Absolutely. Being a water baby from a very young age, I naturally, like all you other sweet aspiring mermaids and mermen out there reading this right now, dreamed I had a tail when I was swimming. Being a proud member of the “Little Mermaid” generation, I can promise you my family involuntarily learned all of the lyrics to every song in that movie WITH me. I wore out the VHS tape of that Disney film. Yes, yes I did πŸ™‚ My love for all things ocean encouraged my fascination as well. I don’t think I could have predicted at age 8 that I would BECOME a professional mermaid. The idea still tickles me, even though it’s my reality now. Sometimes I still marvel at the whole process. My parents have been an amazing source of support through all of this. I mean, really….how many parents would believe (and whole-heartedly encourage) their adult daughter when she says she wants to become a full-time mermaid after going through four years of film school and having just left a secure job behind??? *Thanks, Mums and Daddy!*

What do you think the appeal of mermaids is to ordinary humans?
Well we’re halfway there already, aren’t we? We’re SOOOOO close to being merpeople in our current state as humans – especially if we have a good level of comfort in the water. Slap on a pair of fins or a monofin, hop in the water and….POOF! You’re practically a siren! Mermaids are spellbinding and enigmatic. They often have long hair and fair skin. They swim like a dolphin and possess the beauty and grace of the sea. They are adorned with pearls and gems from shipwrecks, and frolic about the ocean keeping their eyes and fins peeled for unsuspecting seafaring men who are voyaging to and fro. They leave a feeling of being unattainable in their wake, further raising their appeal. They sing haunting songs on rocks while their luminous tails glisten in the sun. What’s not to love? I also believe that because they are so elusive, humans become fixated when mermaids are in their presence; trying to catch a good glimpse of them for fear they may disappear….

What kind of events and film/television work, etc., have you done as a professional mermaid?
All sorts. Everything from ocean charity events to crazy celebrity parties in Hollywood. School lessons for elementary children about sea critters (my favorite!) to promotional poolside parties. Pool time play dates for kids to being an ambassador for swimming safety at water parks and the Caribbean islands. This is one of the most unpredictable jobs in the world….you just never know what will come up next! Life can change with a simple email or phone call. I feel ridiculously lucky and grateful to have been featured by a bunch of great news outlets over the past several years that have expanded my opportunities and my message tenfold. My favorite work, by FAR, is with children. Since this entire passion was born in me as a youngster, I wish to pass that opportunity on to the kids I have the privilege of coming into contact with. You should see their sweet faces….the wonder they experience…it is so rewarding. It makes all of the hard work worth it every time πŸ™‚ Also, keep a close eye on my website in the coming days. Something new and exciting is about to surface!!!

And how do people tend to respond to you as a mermaid (as opposed to in regular human form!)?
When I am a mermaid, all I see are miles of smiles around me πŸ™‚ Really. At every given moment. It is truly a gift. I hope I make people smile when I’m “wearing my legs” too….I’m just as bubbly out of my tail as I am in it….

I understand you trained all the mermaids (and mermen) at the newly opened Dive Bar in Sacramento. Can you tell me about that? What makes a good mermaid or merman?

Yes. I generally don’t “train” mers, but this was a really unique and fun opportunity! The guys and gals of Dive Bar were a blast to work with. They have an awesome opportunity to get all mythical…in the middle of a metropolitan area! The space is really unique and beautiful. I really just helped them find their inner mers. Relax in the water. Be comfortable in a tail and learn to be one with it. Open your eyes and make it look like you’re not underwater when you smile and interact with the “audience.” They were all so unique in their styles and personalities…the way all merfolk should be! What makes a good mermaid or merman? Loving what you are doing, just like with any profession. πŸ™‚ If you truly love whatever it is you do, you will succeed! Someone once told me that if you keep failing at something, then you have a higher purpose and are not living up to your fullest potential. Something bigger and better awaits you. How exciting is that???

Can you tell me about your ocean conservation work?
My ocean conservation work consists of sharing my love and knowledge of the ocean and its creatures with anyone who will listen. I do this independently, as well as with various charities and nonprofits I believe in. My focus is on children, because they are incredible sources of energy and new ideas. They also have a great propensity for sponging up new information and implementing it into their daily lives. The lyrics are true: “I believe the children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way!” Yes, it’s absolutely true. I love to encourage them to explore the REAL ocean through contagious enthusiasm. Experience creatures in their indigenous habitats, instead of in an aquarium where they don’t have space to swim. How about ONE family vacation on a boat or to a coral reef? Or to a nature preserve? Camping in a forest? This type of opportunity has such a positive spin on children’s perception of their impact on the environment. This is the best way to promote conservation of any habitat to anyone – through experiential learning. Be there. See it for yourself. Appreciate the wild dolphins swimming in an endless sea, or marvel over the colorful reef fish dancing around you while you snorkel someplace with your family. Take note of the emotional response to seeing your first whale spout, or watching a starfish crawling across the sand one millimeter at a time. Watch the light filtering through the kelp forest like some otherworldly planet! Envelop yourself in a silent world where there are no cell phones and laptops….and remember, at that moment, YOUR IMPACT on that world in your day to day life. To me, this is ocean conservation at its purest. Go dive!!!!

And finally, what advice do you have for aspiring mermaids?

My best wishes and starfishes to all of you aspiring mermaids (and mermen!) out there!!! Not to burst any bubbles, but this is not really an easy thing to do professionally. My best advice is to listen to your heart. Ignore any skeptics out there, and persevere! Keep on swimming, and be the unique and beautiful sea creature you are πŸ™‚ There will be challenges, and for each challenge overcome, there will be a greater reward. I am humbled every day by the incredible work being done out there by so many great ocean advocates, and have so many people to thank for where I am. You know who you are πŸ™‚ It is an ongoing journey in which I am still a novice. Merpeople must wear many hats and many fins to succeed….but if you truly love it, you will flourish!!!!! Fins to the left, fins to the right…..


36 Responses to “Professional Mermaid Linden Wolbert”

  1. Haley Marianne July 11, 2011 at 6:11 PM #

    Wow, Linden, you are truly an inspiration. I would be honored to meet you! Keep making kids happy – I love children and would love to work with them, now or later (considering I’m only 14). Follow your fins into the mystical beauty of mermaids and the ocean – maybe I can meet you there, even if only in a dream! Love you!

    ~Haley Marianne

  2. Julie Komenda July 13, 2011 at 8:25 PM #

    ya gotta believe!

  3. Jennifer July 21, 2011 at 10:23 PM #

    Im a 26 yr old woman, and ive always been fasinated by mermaids. my life long dream has and still is to actually be a mermaid even if only for one day. You are a inspiration to me and i wish i can one day meet you and swim by you side with a tail of my own. i never had the luxury to follow my dreams in becoming a mermaid, but i will continue to try to persue it no matter what. i know in my heart being a mermaid and swimming with the creatures of the ocean is what i was meant to do. for the love and passion i have for mermaids and the sea life is more than just ba wish or dream, and i hope i can reach my goal like you did in becoming a mermaid.
    love always Jenn Mermaid

  4. Sarah August 28, 2011 at 10:55 PM #

    Can you make me a tail or 7?I need so many because I am going to do a show called The Secret Mermaids.If you can’t I understand.

  5. Chizoba Nnadozie February 15, 2012 at 4:25 AM #

    wow, Linden Wolbert, you are truly an inspiration. I will like to become one of your member, I will honore to meet you! Keep making kids happy- I love children and I will love to work with you and stay with you now. Please considering I’m only 18, I am a boy. make me as your fins into the mystical beauty of mermaid and the ocean you can meet me true dream! Even if not only in a dream! I love you!

  6. Otto Marion October 25, 2012 at 10:40 PM #

    Hello super star how are you. I made it to the beach and am in Venus thru October. When I get back hope to c u if you are in town.
    Your Friend Otto Marion aka The man in the Black Hat.

  7. Thor Ripley October 27, 2012 at 10:34 AM #

    I applaud your dedication to teaching kids how to swim. Who knows, you may find the next great freediver who might never have had the opportunity before. I’ve been trying to encourage dive shops to require some freediving education along with scuba courses, espoecially for young adults (who seem to have that ‘immortal’ attitude). I’ve always realized that if a person can be shown that you can survive without air a lot longer than you think, they won’t panic so fast if something goes wrong while scuba diving. They can get back to the surface easily with just the air they have in their lungs.

  8. Alexa April 2, 2013 at 4:01 PM #

    How do you keep your eyes open without goggles or without them hurting?

    • Clara Keller April 3, 2013 at 3:33 PM #

      they will always hurt. The best you can do is treat them after swimming, but they will hurt. You get used to it πŸ™‚ That’s part of the challenge to the job. Eyes and nose.

    • Clara Keller April 3, 2013 at 3:34 PM #

      I know this from more than my own opinion. Both mermaid Kariel, Hannah, and Melissa all say it too

  9. fairymist97 April 2, 2013 at 7:30 PM #

    thats really neat i have a tail and mono fin but the tail part is made out of fabric

  10. Aspen April 2, 2013 at 7:57 PM #

    This. This would be a dream come true. I have dreamed of being a mermaid my whole life, even though most my age have outgrown that. I love being in the water and as an artist see the beauty and grace of movement in water and the sea itself. This would be a dream come true. However I suffer from asthma and have a horrible lung capacity. πŸ˜₯
    But to be a real mermaid…. You are one amazing and lucky lady

  11. Kayla Watkins April 2, 2013 at 8:34 PM #

    You have just made my entire life!!!:) ever since I was little I’ve always dreamed of bring a mermaid but I never actually knew there was a job for it! Now that I’ve read the article on Yahoo News and I’ve read your website I am seriously perusing to be a profecional mermaid. I am only 17 right now but would LOVE to get a head start! I am a competitive swimmer and wish to learn how to scuba dive and to be a free diver. Where do you suggest I start since I am only 17? Thanks your help would be much apreciated!!:)

    • Clara Keller April 3, 2013 at 3:43 PM #

      Hi!!! I’m 19, and also am an aspiring mermaid πŸ™‚ I just finished my show tail. There’s so much you can do, model, entertain parties, ocean stuff, me personally am trying to perform in an aquarium. I feel excited to connect with other mermaids though πŸ˜€

  12. Atif Y April 3, 2013 at 2:20 AM #

    Dreams can eventually come true i guess ………… the will and the dedication should be there only !!!! great magical fantasy work u got there lady…….keep up the good work !!!! stay safe ! stay happy and keep smiling !!!!

    • Ken Ozoemenam April 3, 2013 at 7:35 AM #

      Animals are now becoming role models for humans? Or is it demons that inspire this? To what end?

  13. Jeena Effoe April 3, 2013 at 9:30 AM #

    Wow.. this is very interesting. Its refreshing to see someone enjoy life, and make a living while following their passion. Kudos

  14. mirrorcat21 April 3, 2013 at 11:59 AM #

    I feel you were a mermaid in one of your past lives, and its good to see you doing something that you love. I often feel I was a cat or some other animal because I relate better with them than people.

  15. mirrorcat21 April 3, 2013 at 12:07 PM #

    She is very inspiring person. I hope to see her in ten years from now doing the same thing. Hopefully she will have a few more mermaids swimming along side her.

  16. Mackenzie Kisslinger April 3, 2013 at 12:35 PM #

    You are really inspiring πŸ™‚ You are a true example of how happy people can be if they follow there dreams. I wish you luck and may you forever prosper

  17. archie April 3, 2013 at 2:19 PM #

    wait so are you a real mermaid? im so confused lol

  18. Emily Nelson April 3, 2013 at 7:14 PM #

    It is my life long dream to be able to be a mermaid and I would do anything to get a tail like that just for recreation. Where can I get one? You are an inspiration!

  19. Sunny April 5, 2013 at 1:12 AM #

    Mahalo for bringing attention to the world of Mermaids. Years ago I started “Mermaids in Motion” which was to teach others to swim with a mono fin and feel like a mermaid. It didn’t take off because I moved from Hawaii to Juneau. I am a naturalist and my husband is a charter boat captain. Our job is to migrate with the Humpback Whales. I think we are kindred spirits because, as yo well know, mermaids migrate with the whales. LOL

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  21. Joelle May 6, 2016 at 9:01 PM #

    Does anybody know where to buy the mermaid tail that Mermaid Linden is wearing on that freediving photo? I have been searching for one for a long time now.
    Thank you!

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  23. Kolton October 5, 2020 at 8:38 PM #

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