We had the good fortune of connecting with Anastasiia Polishchuk and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Anastasiia, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk takes a big role in my life by pushing me towards my goals and helping me to face my fears. There’s nothing that scares me more than a possibility of not achieving my goal because of the doubts and fears I have in my head. Every time I’m scared to do something that I know might help me to make my dream come true – I tell myself to take a risk! Moving from Ukraine to America at the age of 17 was the biggest risk I took in my life. Leaving my family, completely changing my life, and moving to another continent without having any friends on this part of the world – that’s what I call a risk that’s needed to be taken in order to get where you want to be. Acting and modeling was my childhood dream which stays my passion till forever. As a teenager I was preparing myself for the sacrifices I need to make in order to be where I am right now. I’m happy to say that now I have friends, business-partners, collaborators, support system all over the USA and I’m honored to call Los Angeles my home! I can’t be more blessed about how far I’ve got and how much more is there waiting for me.
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 wanted to act! I’ve been working in theaters since I was ten years old with a desire to learn more about a film industry and get into movies. Of course, I’ve always enjoyed being in front of a camera. Acting, posing, doing all types of jobs on set and in a studio but I’ve never seriously considered modeling as a job. Modeling have found me! When I got to Los Angeles, I’ve started getting a lot of audition invitations for modeling events and photo shoots. It was all fun and I was definitely enjoying that type of hobby (cause who doesn’t want to have some extra pictures of themself in their folder?) as well as it was a good addition to my acting portfolio. UNTIL I got published in a magazine and that’s where my modeling job offers started coming to my email box daily and my hobby became my job! Thinking of moments like this I can definitely say that it’s great to have plans, but it’s more important to be open to the unexpected! Especially in this industry. Now I do both acting and modeling! Good thing it’s an easy mix and balance for a girl in LA.
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?
Beach will always be my favorite spot to bring my best friend to. There’s nothing better to spend a week waking up to a sun raising up over a Pacific Ocean and ending your day with a glass of wine watching sunsets taking pictures of you and your friend with a fiery light coming from a horizon blinding your eyes. I’d love to take my friend for a trip starting from Santa Barbara, passing beautiful places like Morro Bay, Monterey, stopping at the Big Sur to enjoy massive waterfalls connected to the enormous rock rivers. Californian nature is magical and it’s so worth it to check it out.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My parents definitely deserve the biggest shoutout as well as my sister who has been supporting my goals no matter how crazy they seemed to be back in the days. My father has always been teaching us to spend money wisely and he was never a fan of spoiling us as well as he did not have an opportunity to spoil us. He worked hard sacrificing his youth for his kids and for our goals to be achieved. I will forever be thankful to my father for making his way through the sleepless nights, pain, and stress, just to make sure we, his kids, get everything needed for our happiness. Another shoutout I want to dedicate to my friends in Los Angeles, CA. International people who know what struggle I’m going through and what obstacles I face on a daily basis. People who have their own background stories, traumas, pain, but who are always there for me and never turn their back on me no matter how lost and tired they feel. As well as my American friends who are there to teach me specifics about the culture and life in America. I’m forever thankful for their patience and support – dealing with a young Ukrainian girl who wasn’t able to complete a single sentence without making a grammatical error in it just when I got here.