We had the good fortune of connecting with Cindy Busby and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Cindy, what makes you happy? Why?
Something I’ve realized throughout my life is that nothing can actually “make me happy”. If I rely on my external world to dictate my feelings then I’m bound to be disappointed, so I focus on myself instead and what I can control. Everyday I choose to prioritize consistent self love and self care practices like exercise, my dog, meditate, sleep, cook, write, laugh, and read. I maintain a lifestyle that allows me to find appreciation in the simple things. Creating connection and having deep and meaningful conversation with family and friends. At times, when I do find myself in states of “unhappiness” its typically because I’ve lost balance and routine in my life, which takes me out of alignment with what fulfills and inspires me. By creating a practice of daily gratitude, I’m able to be the best version of myself and stay “happy” no matter what life may throw my way and therefore my happiness is no longer altered by the unpredictability of life but rather thrives despite it.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’ve been a professional actress, performer and storyteller for over 20 years. I often think of how far I’ve come and I’m filled with so much appreciation. It’s certainly been an emotional rollercoaster ride and a huge learning experience. The journey hasn’t always been easy but as I look back it’s always been worth it and I wouldn’t change a thing. As an actor, it’s easy to get caught up in the disappointment of not booking the job and see it as a competition against all these other actors, but my modo is “if something is meant for me then it won’t pass me by”. I still get bummed sometimes but I don’t hold on to it so long. I wish I would have known that sooner, haha! I remember a specific experience I had when I first started acting, where the cast was not very kind to me (the show shall not be mentioned) and it really left a mark on my heart. In that moment I made a promise to myself that I would never treat others like that no matter how “big” or “small” my role would be. I pride myself on how I show up in my work. I’ve made it a priority to be a positive presence to everyone I encounter on set. My work ethic, positive attitude and consistency has given me longevity in a business that can be pretty hard to crack. My reputation is important to me and I take it very seriously. I’m confident that it’s afforded me many opportunities that I’m forever grateful for.
Next up, I’m excited to not only be working in front of the camera but also behind the scenes. I’ve had a writing partner for 2 years now and we have multiple projects in the works. It’s been a ton of fun to exercise a new creative muscle and I’m really excited for what’s to come, so stay tuned!

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 live in Los Angeles, and there’s no lack of touristy things to do here, but I prefer to give my friends a locals experience, and staying away from the mayhem. Here are some of my favourite restaurants: Catch LA, Isabel, Bestia, Great White, Cavatina at the Sunset Marquis, Laurel Hardware, Marvin, Harriett’s Roof Top, Cecconi’s, and AOC. My Favourite activities: Manhattan Beach walk and shop, El Matador Beach, Walk around Beverly Hills and grab lunch at The Farm, The Comedy Store, The Grove, Runyon Hike, Hollywood Sign Hike, Fryman Hike, The Observatory Hike, Abbot Kinney Brunch and shop, Groundlings show, Cinespia Movie Screenings, Show at the Hollywood Bowl or The Greek. My favourite areas in LA are West Hollywood, Hollywood, SilverLake, Los Feliz, The Arts District, and Manhattan Beach. There’s so much diversity in LA but it’s also really spaced out and there’s busy areas, slower areas, and also areas you don’t want to be around, so make sure you do your research! 

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I feel really grateful to be surrounded by so many talented, honest, loving and supportive people. From the very beginning, my family has been an instrumental part of me pursuing my dreams. When I was a little girl they always encouraged me to follow my passion, despite them knowing little to nothing about the entertainment industry. They would pick me up after my theatre rehearsals, run lines with me, and be happy for me when I’d book the part. It’s a lot easier when you have people you love cheering you on and encouraging you to keep going no matter how challenging it all can be.

My husband has also been a massive part of my success too. From the moment we met he has been by my side holding down the fort when I’m away shooting, taking care of our dog, and making sacrifices so I can go make a movie in another country. He never questions it and is the first person to tell me to go. It brings me peace to know we’ve got each other’s back.

Although it would take too long to write all the names down, I recognize that the wisdom I’ve acquired throughout my career, the countless memories I’ve made in the entertainment industry and the person I’m proud to be today is thanks to my fellow performers, directors, producers, casting directors, teachers, mentors, photographers, and hundreds of crew members. From memorable conversations, fun adventures, laughs, smiles, and hours of hard work, there’s not a day that goes by that I don’t appreciate all of it and what it’s brought to my life.

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Image Credits
Busby007- Abigail Gorden

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