“Work Hard But Don’t Forget That Mental Health And Making Sure You Focus On Other Things In Life Is Super Important”

5 Insider Tips With Actress Breana Raquel

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5 Insider Tips With Actress Breana Raquel

This movement already exists, but I feel a lot of people still don’t know about it. “Differently-abled” people are just as capable and smart as everyone else. So using terms like “retarded” is extremely offensive. Just taking it completely out of your vocabulary, even if you didn’t mean it in an offensive way could help remove the negative connotation associated with the term. You never know who could be affected by hearing someone jokingly use a word like that.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Breana Raquel. Breana is an 18 year old artist from Maryland. She lives in LA with her sister to pursue her career as an entertainer. Besides singing and acting, Breana enjoys traveling the world with her family, fashion and cooking.

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

I got on my career path the same way many other people with a passion for entertaining others have. I realized I enjoyed being on stage and in the spotlight at a young age. At 3, I was doing beauty pageants and performing for anyone who would watch. I started singing at 5 and that kind of moved over into acting. I did theater a little bit when I was younger too, but didn’t really develop a love for acting until 11 when I went to New York to explore commercial acting. One thing led to another and I found that I love film and television. Ever since then I’ve been juggling my passion for singing and acting.

Can you share the funniest or most interesting story that occurred to you in the course of your acting/directing/performing/hosting career?

I once went to a singing audition and it went so well I got a call back! BUT at the callback, they asked if I could dance, I said ‘Sure, I can MOVE’ showing off my ‘body roll’ — so they assured me it’d be easy choreography and had me go over to the dancing side. It was anything but easy, they moved through the moves so quickly, they showed both the hand movements and feet movements, but NOT together and it seemed like after a minute of instruction they were ushering us in front of the casting directors. One of them smiled big at me, until the music started! I remembered about .03 seconds of the routine — it was so bad and I’m pretty sure I did spirit fingers at some point! To make things worse — after it was over, they announced over the intercom the ‘singers that tried to dance’ were released!!!

Here is another great story. I once went to a commercial audition that was for real runners who actively train. I have never been the athletic type, but I did track for one year in middle school, so that made me a runner…right? Anyway I had just signed with my commercial agent and didn’t want to turn down an opportunity right away. So I laced up my tennis shoes and went to the audition. In the beginning all they had me do was take some “athletic” looking pictures. I thought (well, prayed) that would be all they would have me do, but deep down I knew they were about to see just how much of a ‘runner’ I really am. They had me run across this field to a tree. The grass was so uneven I almost tripped and fell. He definitely noticed that I lost my balance. So I acted like I wasn’t out of breath, picked up the broken pieces of my ego and went home.

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

I’m working on my first big network show right now. I play the daughter of one of the characters and it has been such a cool experience so far! I’m also working on my first EP, I can’t wait to release some of my music!

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

I’ve been working with a big music industry vocal coach for a while now. He sometimes has students join other students’ session so we can learn from each other. He brought me in for one guys’ session and it turns out it was Cameron Dallas. It was so crazy because I watched him on vine in middle school. Another day I was walking into my session as he was walking out and he recognized me and my sister and gave us hugs. We looked at each other like what?? We couldn’t believe we were on hugging bases with Cameron Dallas.

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

Work hard but don’t forget that mental health and making sure you focus on other things in life is super important. When I first moved to LA I found myself worrying so much about if I was good enough in the room and I always told myself “I need to book”. It took me a while to realize focusing on whether you book or not, instead of just doing it because you love it was hurting me more. So I’d say hang out with your friends, take a lazy day to get your mind right. Even taking a day trip can help you snap out of trying to be perfect and help you remember why you started in the first place.

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. 🙂

This movement already exists, but I feel a lot of people still don’t know about it. “Differently-abled” people are just as capable and smart as everyone else. So using terms like “retarded” is extremely offensive. Just taking it completely out of your vocabulary, even if you didn’t mean it in an offensive way could help remove the negative connotation associated with the term. You never know who could be affected by hearing someone jokingly use a word like that.

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

1. Don’t expect to audition all the time. You could have a week where you have back to back auditions or callbacks, and you could have a week with no auditions at all. That’s totally okay. This business is very inconsistent. Just recognize how awesome it is to even have the opportunity and go do your best work!

2. This business comes with SO much rejection. You really can’t let every no affect you. You will have those certain projects that you were super excited about, that you don’t get. It happens to everyone. The occasional breakdown to let it all out is fine, just always remember it only takes that one yes that could change everything for you!…

3. What you see about acting before you start is only the tip of the iceberg. Before I started I knew it would be harder than it looked, but I had no idea how generous you would have to be. Giving an audience your vulnerability is super hard to do. You can’t expect to be great and pick and choose what true emotions to show.

4. It’s not just audition and get on a show. There is such a process with everything. It’s becoming easier to find good projects on your own (thanks to casting sites) but if you really want the big opportunities, you have to have some sort of representation. Finding an agent or manager can be a long process, and that’s even before you audition!

5. Just because you book a job, doesn’t mean you’ll keep it. I was once on set for a commercial, and one girl just couldn’t do what the director was looking for. They wrapped her early and she did not come back for the other days of shooting. So make sure you do your job even after you’ve booked it!

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

This quote is definitely the most basic quote but “everything happens for a reason” is really my favorite to live by. It’s so easy to get caught up in why you didn’t get that thing you really wanted. Or even why an unlucky and unfortunate event happens. I strongly believe that everything happens for a reason, and if you step back you’ll see why you needed that no or yes to get where you are now.

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?

My parents are the only people I can 100% count on to hustle for me and help me achieve my dreams. I don’t live with my parents anymore, and we didn’t get the last 2 years of my childhood together. It was hard on them, but they gave those years up when I moved to LA at almost 16. They had so many people telling them they could never let their kids move out there, but they didn’t care about what everyone else was saying, they’ve only ever cared about what was best for our family and how to help me live out my dreams. They were the ones who would get on a bus for 4 hours and go to New York for a 5 minute audition and turn right around to go back and go to work in the morning. I’m so grateful to have parents who support my dreams and who will do anything to help me achieve them.

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. 🙂

I would love to sit down with Zendaya! She is such an amazing role model, she’s so classy! You never hear any drama associated with her, and honestly I’m tired of people who are disrespectful, loud and rude being idolized and labeled as ‘stars’! She’s the type of role model I aspire to be one day. Another reason I’d like to meet her is that she’s incredibly successful, I could learn so much from her. Not to mention she would be super down to earth to just have a real conversation with, I feel like she would actually tell me like it is and not sugar-coat it, I love those types of people! I wouldn’t be mad if Chris Hemsworth came by either!

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