We had the good fortune of connecting with Anais “Siana” Bergues and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Anais “Siana”, how do you think about risk?
Taking risks has played a HUGE role in my life and career. Working in entertainment itself is a risk. Having my own business is a risk. There is no guarantee to anything you do wether you are behind the camera or in front of it.. It is a lot of hard work, overnighters, and constant forms of self doubt. But when you are pursuing something you love and are passionate about, you almost have to dive in head first if you want to give yourself a chance.
Not every opportunity that comes knocking is the right one for you and you have to trust your intuition if you feel something is not right. Because although taking risks can be very beneficial to your goals they can also be the thing that get in the way of them. Which I’ve learned the hard way. I see everything as a learning opportunity, wether it is good or bad and as someone who has experienced both sides of that coin, I believe trusting yourself when you are about to take a risk in your career or life is the biggest factor.
Personally, I have been able to meet a lot of people from different walks of life because of the decisions I’ve made. These very same people have helped me along the way to achieve a lot of my goals and I would have never met them if I didn’t put myself out there, try something new, or taken that first step in a job or opportunity. I think taking risks is important and you must make them if you want to reach new heights in your career or life.
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’ve always been someone who is interested in more than one career path or hobby. I am singer/songwriter, video editor, graphic designer, producer, and co-owner of my own watch company. Someone see’s that in my resume and usually thinks “This girl is all over the place.” but that is not how I see it. I enjoy trying new things – I get excited whenever I am thrown into the unknown and tasked to figure it out. Even though at first a lot of people are taken a back by my “I want to do everything” personality, because of it I have had the chance to work with companies and people I would have only dreamed of.
It definitely hasn’t been a walk in the park trying to prove myself. Constantly hearing, “You need to choose one thing,” “Jack of all trades, master of none,” “No one will want to hire you if you don’t focus.” would get to my head and cause a lot of self doubt. The feeling of imposter syndrome was my greatest enemy (sometimes still is) and it took a long time to realize that as long as I knew I could do it then it didn’t really matter what anyone else had to say about it.
I think the first time I really overcame my self doubt was when I released my first song. I made the beat on garage band , recorded myself in my room on my crappy mic, and mixed it myself while I was working my day job as a production assistant/social media manager. Mind you, it wasn’t perfect, I didn’t know what I was doing but I was determined to do it. When the song came out, my boss, Kevin Stalker, loved it and asked if he can use it in his web series and that to me was exactly what I needed to give myself a chance when it came to songwriting. After that I was reached out to by my friend Brandon Bouza, someone I went to high school with and who was now a music producer, to work on a song together. I ended up writing my first spanish song “Contigo” and it ended up not only on a web-series but also on a huge dance network called DanceOn! They had a choreographer in New York put together a dance to it and filmed it professionally. One of my biggest dreams was to have someone dance to my music one day and I ended up having a whole dance video made! “Contigo” also went on to be a finalist in the Latin Category of the 2018 International Songwriting Contest. Though I think the coolest thing that ever happened to me was when my mom was at a local grocery store back home in Miami and she heard my song playing! I couldn’t believe it when she told me and I still don’t think I’m over it.
Since then I have written and released more music, have produced/edited on shows, launched Relio Watches, and now working on personal projects as an animator but I think those first moments will always be the most special because whenever I am doubting myself, I look back to those days and remember what a little bit of courage and confidence can help me achieve. If you’re like me and don’t have just one thing that you are interested in or brings you joy, don’t let other people convince you to choose one or the other. As cliche as this may sound – where there is a will there is a way. When you really want something and put in the effort, it will happen. I still have a long ways to go with my career but I am happy knowing that no matter what, I will not bury one passion for the other and that I will always find a way to have them all be part of my journey.
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?
One of my favorite spots is Point Dume, it is so beautiful and a lot of movies/shows have shot there. It is one of my favorite spots to go when I need to decompress. It’s very scenic and a perfect place for a photo-op.
After that I would take them to my favorite bakery Pascal Patisserie & Cafe in Woodland Hills. I have a major sweet tooth and this place always hits the mark. If you’ve never been YOU MUST. It’s a hole in the wall and you would easily overlook it, but it is 100% worth it.
I would then head on over to the Griffith observatory, I love space and the view of LA from there.
Knowing my friends, they would want some fun out of the box photos, so I would have to take them to the Museum of Illusions to get some fun shots.
We’d probably end the day at No Vacancy, I love how chill this bar is and the vibe of the place is pretty interesting.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There are many people who have played a big part in my life, but the biggest players are my parents. Even though they have not understood why I chose the path I did, they still were there for me when I needed them the most and try their best to support me in anyway they could. Growing up I saw how hard working and dedicated they were and that example was passed down to me. I am very appreciative of them and everything they did for me to be where I am now.