We had the good fortune of connecting with Amanda Pastrnak and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amanda, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
The moment I stepped out of the plane in Los Angeles I hit the ground running. I didn’t have a work life balance at all. If I am being honest I still really struggle with it. Being in the TV/Film industry is not only hard but your entire career is not up to you. In most jobs if you work really hard you see the reward with some kind of promotion or bonus. In the TV/Film industry you could work your booty off but at the end of the day you weren’t the right look, or didn’t have the right voice or body movement. That being said the TV/Film industry is exhilarating and no day is the same, and I love being a part of it. Regardless of any industry I am in, I would work incredibly hard to achieve success. This is what causes me to really struggle with a work life balance. I think the balance of life outside whatever you do is so so important and I continue to work on allowing myself beach days with my dog and boyfriend, morning hikes with friends, or just lazy days watching Netflix without making myself feel guilty for not getting “work” done. I think it is important to remember your self care, and mental state is just as much your “Work” as getting that to-do list done. Life is so precious and fragile and you have to LIVE it, whatever that means to you:)
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am an actress and Vlogger, and really hoping to start a business. I just started vlogging and didn’t know how to edit videos. I am proud to say I now know how to edit videos and I feel very accomplished for being able to say that. I think the main thing that sets me apart from others is my drive and my determination to make it. I will never give up on my dreams and I will put in whatever work is necessary to get there. I have a high work ethic and will always give my 120 percent at any and all jobs I do. Also I know that I am NEVER done learning and am always trying to learn something new every single day. Knowledge and skills will set you apart from everyone else. I am where I am today because of hard work and the belief in myself. Am I where I want to be yet? NO! I will continue to work hard and develop on my craft and as a person until I get where I want to be, and then I will have a new goal to achieve! Never stop growing or learning! It’s also important to be able to take critiques and use it to make you better. This is one I still work on. Sometimes I take things to personal and really if someone is giving you a critique it’s because they believe in you and your potential. They aren’t trying to bring you down. I grew up as a chunky kid and was made fun of A LOT. So if you asked me then if I would be living in LA living out a dream of becoming an actress I wouldn’t believe you, and I promise no one else would either. Through all of that I learned to have complete belief and love for yourself. If someone is making fun of you, use it as motivation. I want the world to know that patience, love, and kindness go a long way. Even on our worst days we all deserve those things. Let’s lift each other up and support one another’s dreams. Create what you love and believe in yourself. There is NOTHING you can’t do.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
We would first spend an entire day or TWO at Disneyland, because its just the best place on earth!! Then I would take them to the Grove or the Americana to do some fun shopping and picture taking. I would spend another day taking them on a hike to Runyon and then a drive through Griffith Park. To end that day I would take them to dinner at The Nice Guy, because its my favorite place in LA. The next day we would have brunch at Toast, because its the cutest brunch spot!! Then I would take them to malibu and have an amazing beach day, with a picnic my doggie and we would stay to see the sunset. For the last couple days we would just finish with Hollywood Blvd and some great sight seeing.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Other than my mom, who deserved an ENTIRE book devoted to her guidance, mentorship, encouragement and support. Seriously I just don’t have the right words to express the amount of gratitude I have for her. She is gracious, loving, encouraging, and throws some tough love in there too. She is just everything a mom should be! Other than the obvious of my momma, I would say right now my boyfriend. I have had a plethora of self tapes and social media content to do over this time in isolation and he has been my rock and my full support with it all. He did every self tape with me, would give me feedback and we’d do it until it was perfect, even if that meant it took hours. He would help me create amazing content for social media partnerships I had, getting down in all positions to snap the best picture possible. Mostly though, he has been there for all the ups and downs I have had during this quarantine. I have gotten pretty emotional and really debating life choices, I’m 28 so I feel like I should have my life together by now, but what does that really even mean?! IF you are at this stage in life just know whatever you are doing, it the journey to who you are becoming. Have faith that it is all going to work out, and work your butt off to do whatever you have a deep passion for. This is what I continue to tell myself everyday, so I hope it resonates and helps any of you going through this. Anyways that was a tangent, but my boyfriend keeps my head on straight and gives me light when I am in a dark place. Dylan Presti, thank you for being you. Also the book You Are A Badass. YOU HAVE TO READ IT. During this time I know we are all on social media more and more and I am Queen of comparing myself to others. That is the worst possible thing to do! This book literally says comparison is the death of happiness and I couldn’t agree more. Not only that but the book just gives you so many reasons to love and believe in yourself. In fact I am going to read it again!