We had the good fortune of connecting with Diana (Dee-ah-nah) Sanchez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Diana (Dee-ah-nah), how do you think about risk?
RISK! Necessary for change and momentum. It feels scary at first but it’s finally jumping in and doing something that pushes you to the next level of your journey.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m an actor, VO Artist and I write as well. I’m excited to bring eclectic characters to life and continue to explore our humanity through storytelling. I’m learning to embrace my own artistic journey, some days are very hard but I’m grateful that I get to do what I love and work towards it everyday. Being far from family is very difficult but it fuels me and reminds me why I’m here. I’m surrounded by an incredible community of artist who inspire me and I’m grateful for that.
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?
This is such a hard question! LA is so big. I haven’t been here long so this is a newbie itinerary lol. I would start the trip off on Hike! Runyon, of course because it’s in the middle of Hollywood and it’s very LA. But if they come and Wisdom Tree is open, I’d do that one instead. The view is gorgeous and you get to sit at the top, write a note and leave it in this treasure chest of wisdom. So cool! We would then head to Aroma Cafe in Studio City, grab coffee and check out the cute little shops there. For dinner, we would go to my favorite restaurant, Malama Pono. The food and hospitality will have you coming back for more. Next day, we get out of the valley and swing down to Weho for a Sunset Blvd. drive, have lunch at Pura Vita for one of the best vegan restaurants LA, then down to Rodeo Drive and hang out in Beverly Hills for a bit. We’ll watch the Sunset in Venice beach and then at night definitely come back up Mulholland Drive for a dope night view of LA. Spend one of those days in Hermosa Beach! So much better than Santa Monica pier in my opinion. Saturday afternoon hit Downtown LA, arts district is pretty cool, love Hauser and Wirth gallery. That whole area is great for people watching. 🙂 At night definitely going to Dama! Last day we’ll spend it in Leimert Park village, shop at Nappily Naturals for some loose tea and check out the other black owned businesses in the area. Can’t leave LA without having Thai or Ramen. We decide on Sawtelle for Ramen and lastly at night, chill on my stoop, east coast style, watch the moon and reflect on a dope week!
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?
The pandemic was challenging for everyone in every field. I am theater nerd, so when Broadway closed my heart ached for friends and peers in that community. Theaters closed, small non profit art programs stopped…all of it took a pause. Acting classes went virtual and suddenly virtual auditioning became a new challenge… Even though things were difficult, I want to shout out everyone who persevered; those who stayed creative, fought for their dream and kept going. I also want to shoutout the ones who finally took a break and came back to themselves. I’m inspired by so many of my artist friends and I’m looking forward to seeing how it all blossoms in the years to come.