We had the good fortune of connecting with Anna Christensen and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Anna, do you have any habits that you feel contribute to your effectiveness?
Being self-employed and working from home during the pandemic, it’s very easy to get caught up and feel like you should always be working, because you COULD always be working. It’s very tempting, and I definitely had a couple of months where I was keeping myself busy just for the sake of being busy, but gradually I could feel myself getting burnt out and not enjoying my job anymore. So I switched up my schedule, setting myself firm “work hours” and “free time hours”, which has really helped. That way I don’t feel guilty when I end my working day, and I’m also more focused and motivated during the hours I am working, because I’ve had time to recharge and relax.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m an actor – ever since I watched Lord of the Rings as a kid, I’ve known that’s what I wanted to do with my life. I love being able to tell stories, and to connect with others like that. That’s also what I’m most proud and excited about in my work: whenever someone tells me that they’ve been affected by my portrayal of a character. I took a pretty traditional path to becoming an actor – after high school I spent a couple of years at a vocational drama school, before auditioning for a bunch of musical theater BA programs. I eventually ended up getting accepted to a school in Germany (I’m European), and after graduating there went on to do an advanced program at a drama school in London. It was never easy, but it was an amazing journey, and I never doubted for a minute that it was what I wanted.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’d definitely show them all the gorgeous nature surrounding (and in!) Los Angeles! I’m a big fan of Griffith Park, and all the gorgeous hikes around Malibu. I’d also definitely take them to the beach! For food, I’d make sure that we hit up all the best taco trucks… we’d also definitely spend an evening at an improv show or seeing a play!
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?
I’d love to give a shout out to Anthony Meindl’s Acting Workshop, Craig Wallace at Wallace Audition Technique, and the good folks at Real Voice LA! When the pandemic hit they rallied and moved their classes online, and being able to keep on learning and working towards my goals from home has been such a big gift (and kept me sane).
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