We had the good fortune of connecting with Ana Bohr and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ana, is there something you can share with us that those outside of the industry might not be aware of?
Ooh, this is a good one. Hollywood is about the right connections. Usually, you don’t make your way through Hollywood based on talent alone. Sure, talent definitely helps. But hard work and true connection is key. Not the fake networking sh*t. People can see right through it. But genuine connection. It’s important to make sure you’re surrounding yourself with like-minded individuals, and staying true to yourself no matter what. This almost always pays off. So, I think the big question is, how do you make it in an industry that is usually based off of who you know? I’ve learned very quickly to embrace being kind, humble, and working hard in every job. As someone whose never went to film school, barely knew a single person in Los Angeles before moving here, and didn’t even know where to start to get my foot in the door, this is what I clung to.
I took my first job in the entertainment industry as a COVID compliance officer (not knowing what that entailed at the time), and I ended up working on a very well-known TV show. I was eager to be involved, and to be honest, I needed the money. I was hoping it would be a stepping stone, but I wasn’t certain it would pan out. I put my ego aside and truly tried to embrace the opportunity the best that I could. Was working in the COVID department my dream job? Absolutely not. Was it a humbling experience? Yes. Was that position lowest on the food chain (even below the PA’s)? Uh-huh. Did it help me land my next opportunity in a different role? Abso-fricken-lutely! Regardless of my title at the time, I remained true to myself, worked hard, connected with those around me, and most importantly, brought my true authentic self to work each day.
I’m a firm believer in chasing after your dreams, passions, and goals. It’s great to have passion and zeal and a plan for where you want to be. But remember, in due time. I’m a firm believer in starting small, embracing what you’ve been given, and putting one foot in front of the other. I think the most important qualities to have in this industry is a humble heart, open mind, and a learner’s mindset. If you’re able to be mentored by industry professionals, do it. If there’s an internship opportunity that sparks your interest, apply. If you know someone thriving in the industry, ask for their opinion. Don’t be afraid to seek help. You never know where that curiosity will lead you. If you can continue to do this, you will go far, and opportunities will naturally come to you. Finding your purpose in Hollywood is a journey itself. There is no formula or right way to making it. There are simply no rules. That’s the beauty of it. Things are ever-changing. It was never intended to be an over-night success.
So, embrace the process, remain curious, and set your ego aside… because one day you could feel like you’re on top of the world, and then the next, you could simply be back to square one again (at the bottom of the food chain). Hollywood’s funny like that (and I can promise you, I don’t think it’s changing anytime soon).
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.
Yeah, sure! I’ve only been working in the TV/Film industry for a little over a year and a half now, and I’m pretty proud of where I’m at! I’ve been freelancing for the majority of it, worked for some of my dream companies, and have been able to try a variety of different positions. Some of these job titles include working as a Production Assistant, Production Coordinator, Assistant, and Talent Escort! It’s been super helpful for me to try different things and see what I like/ don’t like, and I’ve met some pretty incredible people along the way. I really try not to take a single opportunity for granted. Right now, there’s a few things I’m focusing on. I’m super passionate about storytelling and creativity, and I think the dream would be to be a successful writer, actor, and creative producer. I have a background in all three and it’s truly what makes my heart come alive! So, the goal is to work on all of these areas equally. I think the biggest challenge that I’m facing right now is getting my foot in the door as an Actor, specifically for Network TV. It’s super competitive, and I’m kind of a late bloomer, so right now I’m focusing on getting the proper training, attending classes, and trying to get more comfortable by auditioning regularly! Another desire I have is to work for an industry professional that is thriving in business. I think having a front row seat to someone’s life in this way would be the best learning opportunity. To wrap things up, I’m most proud of myself for continuing to put myself out there, regardless if I fail. I would like to say that I’m confident, and don’t take rejection personally. I’m resilient and always looking forward to the next opportunity. I would like to be known for being kind, genuine, and a champion of people. Sometimes I have to remind myself that I am currently living my childhood’s dream. I’m simply going for it and I’m meeting people along the way. It’s only a matter of time before something truly clicks. It might not look the way I imagined, but I’m definitely doing the dang thing.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Oh my goodness! So many amazing spots to check out! I definitely need to explore more!
I’m a lover of good coffee. Blue Bottle, Coffee Coffee, and Go Get Em’ Tiger are currently my faves!
For dining- I love Laurel Hardware! Literally looks like a hardware store from the outside. On the inside, it’s magical.
For drinks- Melrose Umbrella Co. is a fun spot!
Favorite grab and go food- Soom Soom Fresh Mediterranean, Niko Niko Sushi, Erewhon
Favorite beach- El Matador State Beach in Malibu
Favorite hiking spots- Fryman Park and backside of Griffith Park
Favorite Farmer’s Market- Hollywood Farmers’ Market
Favorite bagel shop of all time- Pop’s bagels!!
Fav Thrift Shop if I want to spend the $: Wasteland on Melrose
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Family- I would like to thank my family for believing in me, even when I didn’t always think it was possible. Thank you for supporting me in more ways then one, and for always being excited about every opportunity I’ve been given, big or small. Thank you for cheering me on from afar.
Close Friends- I want to thank my friends for encouraging me to keep going, even when times got tough. Thank you for calling out the gold in me when I had lost hope. And thank you for seeing my potential for all that it’s worth.
Grey’s Anatomy Season 18 Family- I want to thank the cast and crew for embracing me the first day I arrived on set. Thank you for welcoming me with open arms, and thank you for creating a safe space where I could simply be myself. Last but not least, thank you for making my experience on set the best I’ve ever had!
Jeremy David Creative