There are a lot of reasons to have a diverse group. You don’t want every character to look the same; being white, blonde hair, blue eyes. It’s good to see different nationalities to be represented. The more diversity we have in this industry, the more creativity will be available to uncover.
I had the pleasure to interview Mia Dinoto. At just 16 years old, Mia is a multi-hyphenate media mogul in the making, with wit, spunk, and girl-next-door-realness that has garnered her a massive YouTube following on her Mia Dinoto YouTube (458,000 subscribers with 60+ million views) and a blossoming acting career with her hit series “Crown Lake” airing on the wildly popular BRAT YouTube channel. Mia is always creating instantly viral content, from tumbling tutorials as a former elite gymnast (sometimes even instructing NFL linebackers) to relatable slice-of-life vlogs, including driving lessons and embarrassing stories, that speak to the universal experience of adolescence. Her ongoing battles with anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and dyslexia have given her an inner strength that radiates, making Mia an unstoppable force as she becomes a Gen-Z icon.
Thank you so much for joining us Mia! “Can you share a story with us about what brought you to this specific career path?”
I’ve always wanted to create videos, be an actress. Ever since I was little I have always wanted to be on TV, I have always wanted to act. I thought everything about it was really cool. Being able to pretend that your someone else and the whole art behind it, and really, how much one really has to work for a role. It’s so much more than reading lines on a sheet and it’s so much fun to study a character through a script. Finding out different body movements — like how does your character move. Just everything about the art of acting has interested me and just being on TV I have always thought was cool. When I was 5 years old, I would say ‘I want to be an actress’. I have always loved creating videos. I’ve been making YouTube videos since I was 7, I just never posted them. My friends and I would just make them for our grandparents or parents to show. I have just always loved creating videos and acting.”
Can you tell us the most interesting story that has happened to you since you began your career?
There’s been so many good acting experiences like the “Light in the Attic” which was a horror short-film where I was basically the only character in the whole thing. We were in this tiny little attic and it was super-hot but it was a lot of fun. It was my first acting job, that was great. Every acting job has been a great opportunity in its own way, and I don’t have one specifically yet that pops out, they have all contributed in their own way.
Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you first started and the lesson you learned?
When I first started acting, I didn’t know what “background” was and I submitted on a background role. It was an ABC show and then I realized I was really an extra. I was there for like 9 hours being a background person and they were only using one team at the very end of the day. In fact, they ended up not using us at all, and I was there for almost 10 hours sitting in this little room and it was freezing because there were no heaters and it was the middle of the winter. Still, I thought it would be cool to work in background so I can see the actors and what they were doing, so that would be good experience.
What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects that you are working on now?
The most exciting things I’m working on now… Hmm, I am not working on any TV shows or in anything right now. I’m currently just working on the material side. I’ve been working on just becoming a better actress by taking a lot of acting classes. I have another one coming up soon; it’s very intensive and in New York, which I’m very excited for. Also, the premiere of “Crown Lake” comes out soon as well which will be amazing!
We are very interested in diversity n the entertainment industry. Can you share 3 reasons with our readers why you think it’s important to have diversity in the film and television industry and how that can affect our culture.”
There are a lot of reasons to have a diverse group. You don’t want every character to look the same; being white, blonde hair, blue eyes. It’s good to see different nationalities to be represented. The more diversity we have in this industry, the more creativity that is available to uncover.
What are 5 things you wish someone told you before you started acting?
I wish I knew more about SAG and acting and knowing the differences between the roles of all the positions on set.
I wish I knew more about the union and different unions and to know about what it’s like to be in it. Because I didn’t know what it was like to work on a set, I didn’t know you had to do a certain amount of school while also working on the set.
What tips do you recommend to the colleagues in your industry to help them thrive and not burn out”
Always give yourself. Once you work on a script and become comfortable with it. Just don’t get stuck in reading the script and don’t get stuck doing it in an exact way every time. Do it a new way. It shouldn’t be perfectly planned. Like don’t be thinking ‘this is when I move my hand up or this is exactly when I laugh. Always give yourself balance. If you’re working on easy material, start working on Shakespeare. Always work on yourself and don’t get too comfortable.
You’re a person of enormous influence if you could inspire a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people what would it be? You never know what your idea can trigger.
I’d like to start a movement for mental health and educating people on different issues, like OCD or eating disorders. There are different types of eating disorders, they are not all the same.
None of us are able to achieve success without some sort of help, is there a particular person that helped get you to where you are?
Definitely my parents. If they weren’t supportive me of me acting, I wouldn’t be able to pursue it. I wouldn’t be able or want to live anywhere by myself. They have made so many sacrifices so that I can do what I want to do. I’m very grateful for them.
Can you please give us your favorite quote or life-lesson quote?
“Be comfortable with being uncomfortable”
How do you feel that is relevant to your life?
With my anxiety, when I’m uncomfortable or in an uncomfortable situation that’s when it comes out and that’s when I get panic attacks. When in an uncomfortable situation my mind won’t stop. When I’m in those situations I just let this situation be and not focus on being uncomfortable. Just being able to remain comfortable while being uncomfortable.
Is there a person in the world or US that you would love to have a private lunch with and why? He or she might just see this.
That’s a good question. Probably Leonardo Di Caprio or Natalie Portman. I’d like to learn about their story and how they came up with their career and hear all of the sacrifices they had to make.
How can your readers follow you on social media?
“You can follow me on Instagram & Twitter @mia_dinoto. My YouTube is Mia Dinoto and my TikTok is “miadinoto_”