We had the good fortune of connecting with Erica Manni and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Erica, do you have any habits that you feel contribute to your effectiveness?
I’ve always perceived myself as a cohesive being, made of a complex network of inner-relationships between mind/body/heart and soul. The most important habit I’ve developed over the years is rooted in self-awareness. By knowing myself, my thoughts, emotions, aspirations and dreams, I can discern what needs to be prioritized and what, postponed. Maintaining balance between all moving parts, through meditation, journaling, building solid human connections, and following a very healthy lifestyle, is key in this process. So, in one sentence, knowing and understanding myself is at the base of my success, both personal and professional.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am currently celebrating the obtainment of my EB-1 Extraordinary Abilities Green Card, which I’ve received after two and a half years of tedious paperwork, interviews, background checks, medical checks and the list goes on. It’s been extremely difficult to be awarded this type of Green Card especially under the current climate, but I can definitely say it’s been a life-lesson on many levels. I have received it for my work as actress, but I like to keep my life and possibilities open to branch out in several creative endeavors, especially now that I finally can. I moved by myself from Italy, with literally two bags and knowing no one in the States and barely speaking English. In eight years in the States, I’ve been able to graduate with all A’s from N.Y.F.A, I’ve worked as an actor on hundreds of productions, I joined Mo-Sys (one of the best tech companies in the world) as their U.S. West Coast Sales Manager, I started writing my own book about emotional health, I created a series of hyper-realistic oil-paintings (I hold a master in Fine Arts) and I am now learning how to operate a drone. I came to this country for the value of freedom it was built upon; now sky is the limit.
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.
California is an absolute jewel! Both Los Angeles and surroundings: Santa Barbara goes in my top ten, as well as Malibu, Manhattan Beach, Big Sur, Carmel Del Mar, Yosemite Park and Ojai. I really love natural sites and art, so two of my favorite places in Los Angeles are the Getty Museum and the Botanical Gardens at the Huntington Library. For shopping the Westfield Mall in Century City is quite the experience and for food my go to is Gracias Madre in West Hollywood. Hikes are fantastic as well and the best one so far for me is Los Liones Trail.
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 believe it’s possible to learn and grow from every single interaction with others, so I sincerely feel grateful for every human being that has crossed my path. My family is at the core of my heart, followed by my closest friends. I also feel extremely thankful for all the mentors I’ve found through books (I started reading when I was 5years old and never stopped), podcasts, blogs, articles, documentaries and any source of free information now available to us, which is truly extraordinary. We live in a time where we have access to all types of knowledge, so I try and do my best to take advantage of it. I love to learn something new every day, whether it be science, or psychology, or finance, or acting, or filmmaking, or business mindset and so forth, following the footsteps of the greatest in each field.
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