We had the good fortune of connecting with Anisa Butt and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Anisa, why did you pursue a creative career?
Honestly at the time acting for me was about letting go of who Anisa was, and being able to play and absorb myself into a “character.” It’s interesting how my mindset has taken a switch in the last year and a half. Now acting actually is about embracing who I am and bringing what I am to the table while playing. There’s a huge difference. One makes you think you hide behind lines to become someone else. That’s impossible. You cannot become someone else. You are you. What you can do is honour the work, submit to the process by showing up authentically and work moment to moment without trying to control everything
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
The biggest lesson for me in this journey has been embracing what I bring to table and knowing it’s enough. The majority of my career so far has been about trying to be “good enough” for others and I’m so sure so many actors and entertainers go through this. The truth is you cannot please everyone! And that’s actually wonderful news! I used to be so conflicted about this but why do I want everyone to like me? Actually I don’t anymore. When we operate in our truth, we automatically attract others who mesh with that truth or are curious about it, and those are YOUR PEOPLE!
What sets me apart is my tenancity. My perseverance despite the odds. Infact my podcast “unplugwithani” is about this exactly. Conversations with people from different walks of life about how they have persevered despite the glitches on the way. I like to think of myself as a lightbulb in every room and truly believe that we all have the same opportunity to leave a lasting impact wherever we go, if we choose to.
I want the world to know that I absolutely love my job. I love talking to people, sharing stories. I love learning and committing to being a student everyday. I love being an artist and getting to be on the stage and/or working in film. I love that each time I do that, I get to leave something on the table, a little peice of me. And my wish is to continue to do this work. All of it. And really have the opportunities to be challenged in it and to move people who watch my work.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
What a fantastic question! Well right now I am in London. So I would definitely get up early and go to Hyde Park for a walk. Have an amazing breakfast at the breakfast club and then give them a tour of all the London tourist attractions, like the Big Ben, Buckingham palace, London bridge, St Paul’s cathedral. We could go for a musical on Broadway, perhaps a matinee show, or see something at the Comedy Store. We would grab some amazing dinner, some of my fav places to eat include Wagamama and Wahaca. We could then check out a cool live music venue or go to a bar at the Shard. The next day, I would keep more chill. Perhaps go to a nice spa, or go for a swim and see a cool movie!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to shoutout to Ian Wych and Jim Rastall. They teach at AMAW Toronto and London and have had such an impact on me and my approach to the craft. Big thank you to the founder of AMAW, Anthony Meindl for his commitment to nurturing actors. He’s got some fabulous books (Book the fuckin job to name one) which are MUST READS! for every actor!
Instagram: @anisaaniiam and @unplugwithani
Solo picture: Christopher Andreou