You must have faith in your talent and your passion for what you do. Do not wait for anyone to acknowledge it.
I had the pleasure to interview Petra Chris. Petra is an international actress who started her career on stage. Her film debut was in the ‘Winter’, a psychological drama. Currently located in London, UK, Petra speaks English, Greek, Italian and Spanish. Her most distinctive characteristic is her passionate acting and her speaking eyes.
Thank you so much for joining us Petra! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
I decided I wanted to be a professional actress when I saw a cute comedy where the most amazing things happened. I was a child at the time, around eleven and I was thinking that the characters of the film live a ‘crazy life’ and I liked that. Then I thought to myself ‘these things only happen in films, so, if I want this, well, I will be an actress’! That was my childish way of thinking about it. Later in my life it became a mature choice because of my passion for theatre, films and arts.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started this career?
One day during rehearsal, our director turned to me and said I can easily win a prize for my discipline. It felt wonderful then and it still feels wonderful now, after all these years. It is exceptionally important for an actor to practice discipline. Discipline doesn’t mean you do as you’re told. Discipline is to set rules and goals on your own and stick to 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?
Oh, I will never forget this! It was my first acting job. A theatre play in one of the biggest theatres in Athens, Greece. Some time during a dialogue, I had to step my foot onto a chair, keep it there for a few seconds and then leave. One night, I didn’t calculate my power I think, I stepped my foot so strongly on the chair that my heel went through the wood and got stuck there!! Everyone from the cast was trying to stop laughing and deliver their lines, nobody could help me and I was paniced! I pulled and pulled for the chair to be removed from my heel but in vain. A few seconds later and after a huge panic attack, I made it. But, I though that if I hadn’t been able to pull it away, I could just take off my shoe and leave the stage. What I learned: Theatre is ALIVE!! You can direct things, organize things and prepare but what happens on stage is never predicted. It’s like LIFE !!!
What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?
One of the most exciting things that I’m working on right now is the fact that I’m taking my first steps as a screenwriter. I started writing years ago, with friends that shared the same vision with me but now I’m also writing on my own. It’s such a creative thing to do, I love it!!!!!!!!!
Who are some of the most interesting people you have interacted with? What was that like? Do you have any stories?
The people I was always very interested in were the actors that came from previous generations. I was always super curious to hear stories that had to do with the great stars of the past, or stories related to different periods of history.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
I have to stress out the point of education and mastering your craft. The actor never stops learning and evolving as an artist and as a person. So I think education is everything. Not only acting education but also literal education, knowledge or even university education. I don’t like actors (or people) who lack sophistication.
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. 🙂
It would definitely be something about animals welfare and animals rights. I’m a vegetarian and I’m planning to go completely vegan soon and I suffer to know that animals live in cages or entertainment park tanks for our pleasure. I’d love to unite with fellow actors and artists to raise awareness in regards to this issue. If you take a look at my social media, you will easily see that I use the #emptythetanks and #animalsrights hashtags a lot!!
What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why. Please share a story or example for each.
- Know your worth.
- You must have faith in your talent and your passion for what you do and not wait for anyone to acknowledge it.
- Don’t settle for less when it comes to artistic choices. Here I learned from my mistake. A couple of times, I accepted roles in tv or theatre that I considered beneath me. I shouldn’t have. We must only choose to do what is artistically good enough. No settling for less!!
- It’s never too early to create your own work.
- Your mind creates your reality. If you think you are good, you are good.
Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?
I’d probably go with Henry Ford’s ‘’Whether you say you can, or you say you can’t, you are right’’. I grew up in a small town with no acting opportunities, my family and friends had nothing to do with the business and I wasn’t sleeping with ‘the right people’. But I decided I wanted to be an actress, I can do it and I did!
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?
It’s not just one! I am hugely grateful to all the people who were near me every step of the way. The first ones I’d have to thank are the members of my family for their support and understanding and for helping me keep my mind clear off the trap of seeing myself as somebody else. I am very grateful to the first director who booked me at my first acting job, a theatre play in Athens, Greece because he made me realize that talent will take you very far, even if your CV is still empty.
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. 🙂
DAVID LYNCH. I’d be delighted to have lunch with him, being an admirer of his work. There are two aspects that I admire: one is the fact that he has a very strong artistic identity. He creates films in a very particular way. And the second thing I admire is his occupation with meditation and wellness. I see depth of soul, mind and spirit there. We’d have a lot to talk about.
How can our readers follow you on social media?
My Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/petra_chris_actress/
My Facebook : https://en-gb.facebook.com/PetraChrisActress/
My Twitter : https://twitter.com/petroulach