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Rising Star Anna Smith: “Remember that everything comes at the perfect time. Just keep working on your craft, keep growing”

It’s important to learn how to keep your mind balanced and busy with the right things. There are always going to be ups and downs, especially in this industry. It’s important to stay calm. No experience is ever a total failure. It’s also important to remember that everything comes at the perfect time. Just keep […]




It’s important to learn how to keep your mind balanced and busy with the right things. There are always going to be ups and downs, especially in this industry. It’s important to stay calm. No experience is ever a total failure. It’s also important to remember that everything comes at the perfect time. Just keep working on your craft, keep growing and find something interesting to occupy yourself when you’re not working. Care about your physical and mental state. Meditate and let yourself just be. All is coming;)


As a part of my series of the rising stars in popular culture, I had the pleasure of interviewing Anna Smith. Anna is an award winning Russian actress and producer based in LA. In addition to her acting career, she is a passionate environmentalist and animal rights advocate.


Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

Thank you for having me!

It was a long decision process for me to take this career path. I come from a family predominantly of lawyers and businessmen. My parents didn’t see this as a viable career path for me, even though I was very involved in theater, art and music as a child. So I ended up getting a law degree and working as a lawyer for a couple of years. But even then, I couldn’t let got of the thought of being an artist. So finally I decided to leave everything, make a 180 degree turn towards art and starting doing photography, painting and theatre again. I finally allowed myself to do what I’ve always wanted to do. I even got a tattoo on my left forearm of a girl with a brush, as a reminder of who I really am.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started this career?

I have a lot of interesting stories, its hard to choose just one. Something is always happening. The film industry is a very interesting field; you get to interact with so many different people, you learn how to be flexible and read people’s intentions. Sometimes you become friends with very unlikely people who lead to you exactly where you wanted to be. Everything is connected here in a very unique way, you just need to be open to opportunities and ready to see them.

Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?

I think it would be my very first audition. The thing is, I’m a very welcoming person and a hugger, and even though I’ve taken a lot of acting classes, an audition class wasn’t among them. So I walked into the room, and instead of just greeting people and doing my thing, I started hugging everyone one by one. There were like 5 or 6 people. Later I understood how embarrassing it must have been.

I have never hugged people on an audition since. Never.

What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?

I just finished filming a web series called “Hidden Springs”. It’s going be released this summer, and I’m very excited about it. I absolutely love each and everyone who worked on that project. We had an amazing team of extremely talented people which is why I think the series should be very successful.

Also I’m currently producing and starring in a short drama/action film called “Blood”, that will later serve as a pilot for a tv series for me and my development team.

Who are some of the most interesting people you have interacted with? What was that like? Do you have any stories?

Before coming to the US, I lived in 3 different countries, and, of course, along the way I’ve met many very interesting people. They were all so unique as well at their stories, and it’s really hard for me to pick just one. I remember a guy who worked in the tiny bar in Madrid, that’s been run by his family for several centuries. His life was really simple, but the fact that he kept running the family business made him so proud and happy, that it was all that he needed in his life. Those encounters are so interesting for me because they are simultaneously filled with depth and simplicity. I remember a lot of them. I think one day I could write a book about all those stories;)

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?

It’s important to learn how to keep your mind balanced and busy with the right things. There are always going to be ups and downs, especially in this industry. It’s important to stay calm. No experience is ever a total failure. It’s also important to remember that everything comes at the perfect time. Just keep working on your craft, keep growing and find something interesting to occupy yourself when you’re not working. Care about your physical and mental state. Meditate and let yourself just be. All is coming;)

You are a person of great influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂

There is a meditation technique called Vipassana. To learn this technique you should go to one of their special places and stay there for 10 days. There you experience a total asceticism, by observing complete silence without interaction with anything or anyone, and meditating around 9 hours per day. No phones, internet, books or music, just you and meditation. It was one of the most challenging things I’ve ever done, but it brought me to a completely different level of understanding myself and everything around me. So if I was to start a movement, It would be this – 10 day Vipasana challenge! If everyone went through this experience it would charge so many lives, and bring many people much needed relief. I’m sure of it- our world would be a much better place to live in;)

What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why. Please share a story or example for each.

First would be “don’t take advice from a person who failed in this field”. People love projecting their fears and bad experiences onto others. Maybe they even want to help you and warn you, but you should remember that that was their reality, and you can have your own.

Second would be that it’s more of a journey than a quick route to success. It’s easy to get discouraged, and you have to be in it for the long haul. For instance, for every 20 auditions you go to, you may get 1 and it’s absolutely fine.

Third one: Don’t judge yourself too harshly. It’s highly competitively and there are many people who are auditioning for the same roles. Remember that there’s only one you, and just do your best.

Forth is : Trust your instincts! Your intuition never fails you, but your mind can. Sometimes it’s really important to listen to your heart instead of all the logic.

And finally to surround yourself with people you really trust and help each other along the way. It’s a hard path to success, and no one reaches it solely on their own.

Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?

Not sure I really know any, but there is one belief I live by that is definitely relevant to today’s society. In the age of social media and ambiguous values, I think it’s very important to remember that everyone is born unique; everyone lives in their own universe they’re creating for themselves, that has nothing to do with someone else’s . What your world is going to look like and who you are going to be in it, solely depends on you. Compare yourself to no one but who you were yesterday. Everything about you is different, so don’t let people force your opinions upon you and your vision. Stay you.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?

First of all I always need to thank my very first boss who was such an unbearably terrible person that he helped make my decision to leave my law career so much easier 😄

But honestly, I don’t really have a mentor or a particular person who significantly helped me in my career, but I’m grateful for everyone I’ve met along the way. Every person who did help and didn’t, good or bad, they all helped me learn some valuable lessons, and led me to where I am now. And of course I’m grateful for my amazing husband who understands and supports me no matter what.

Some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might see this. 🙂

It’s hard to pick just one person, because in every industry I have at least one person I would love to meet. Talking about films, I would say Ridley Scott and Nolan brothers. I have watched all their films, and absolutely admire their vision, talent and what they are bringing to this industry.

How can our readers follow you on social media?

You guys can follow me on Instagram @smiths_anna

And my Facebook page is Anna Smith @thesmithanna

Thank you so much for joining us. This was very inspirational!

Thank you for having me!❤️

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