We had the good fortune of connecting with Anastasia ‘Ana Stasia’ Dextrene and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Anastasia ‘Ana Stasia’, we’d love for you to start things off by telling us something about your industry that we and others not in the industry might be unaware of?
The entertainment industry can be highly illusive, insofar as the people you encounter, the images portrayed and the glamour perceived by audiences. Despite the glitz and the posses, it takes an incredible amount of self-motivation to make things happen. This is true of any career path. That said when all eyes are on you, the fight to be on top can feel that much greater and more challenging, as a result of the added time spent away from your support systems (i.e. friends and family). As a touring singer-songwriter, actress and artist development mentor, I can vouch for performing arts careers as being extremely rewarding. That is, provided you are equally comfortable working on your own as you are working with (or in front of) others.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I have been an artist at heart ever since I can remember. Though coming from a family of medical professionals, an artist career was not the easiest or initially encouraged choice. I spent my childhood excessively involved in the Arts as my extracurriculars with every intention of formally pursuing Entertainment Law. When it came time to accept my offer of admission to Law School following the completion of my Bachelor of Arts at the University of Toronto, several family friends who were lawyers themselves recommended that I hold off, suggesting that I spend time doing what it was that I was truly passionate about. The rationale was there would be no time for anything BUT Law School once AT Law School. Being the Type A person that I am, I decided to “take a break from school” to pursue school—a Professional Certificate at the AMDA, College & Conservatory of the Performing Arts. To be honest, I have not looked back since, having pursued a Master of Fine Arts at NYU Tisch, having been featured on numerous television shows including Gown-ish, Black-ish and Scandal, and having released and toured my debut EP, “Best Life”—shortlisted at the GRAMMYS for Best R&B Song, Performance, Album and Record of the Year!

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?
I am all about fitness and a total foodie, so it does not get much better than LA!

SoulCycle West Hollywood
Millennium Dance Studio City
Wisdom Tree Hike

Barton G. – Their presentation is to die for.
Crossroads Kitchen – The best Vegan food you will EVER have.
PUMP Restaurant – Ambience, ambience, ambience.
The Stinking Rose – A must try if you love garlic as much as I do.
La Piazza at The Grove – Great Italian food in one of LA’s biggest tourist attractions.
Catch LA – Perfect if you are into seafood and celeb sightings.

Santa Monica Pier
Griffith Observatory
The Grove
LACMAWho else deserves some credit and recognition?
Everything I do, I do with my family in mind. It is their continued belief in me that keeps me going.

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