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

Hi Hélène, what is the most important factor behind your success?
The first thing is believing in myself, knowing that I’m meant to do what I’m doing, and pursuing it with all my heart. I’m an actor, a poet and writer and feel that for artists it is a calling. I also have a strong work ethic. I always show up prepared, and give a thousand per cent. Making movies is a collaborative process and I love contributing in every way I can. In addition to working in front of the camera, I also do a lot of voice work, and the team work there is just fabulous.
Learning to deal with rejection and accepting that’s simply part of the process for everyone, for acting as well as for publishing books. What is yours ultimately finds you.

Finally, I always try to keep a positive outlook. I have a deep-rooted spiritual practice and trust that obstacles serve a purpose and make you stronger as you learn along the way.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
By expressing yourself with art, you put your experiences to use. It’s a transformative process. By creating a piece of art you heal yourself, and you heal others because they recognize themselves in the stories you tell. That’s the beauty of it. That’s why we go to the theater and the movies, because it’s such a transcendental experience. That’s why we love art. The symbols are there. We respond to symbol and myth. This is how we tell stories and move forward in life.

Whether writing, dancing, or acting, I find myself in an exalted state of concentration and consciousness, like a meditation or trance. It’s as if time stops or expands and I’m able to touch other worlds and keep a sense of connection with what is bigger than me.

I am thankful to be able to support myself from my art. There have been many challenges, but they have contributed to my growth. I think one needs to be resilient and understand that things take time. The wait is preparation. I’m very proud of the films and TV shows I’ve worked on and the books I have published.

I have overcome quite a lot to be where I am. I am an immigrant and the daughter of immigrants. I’ve always been grateful for all the work and opportunities that have come my way, and the wonderful friendships I have made all along. Friends mean a lot to me. In return I give back whenever I can, teaching in schools and universities, volunteering as a mentor for writers, and to read to children in schools. I am also an animal activist and support many charities. I use my determination, positivity, and generosity to help the world become more animal friendly.

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.
I love Santa Monica and would take them to the Annenberg Community Beach House for a Tour of the Marion Davies Guest House. It is on the location of a now-demolished 110-room mansion that was built for Marion Davies by William Randolph Hearst.
We would have lunch at Back on the Beach Cafe, right on the sand. We then would visit Diesel Bookstore and the little shops surrounding it, before going to the pier, which is the end of Route 66. There we could have dinner at the end of the day at the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
In Venice, I would take them to The Museum Of Jurassic Technology. It’s a very quirky, unusual, magical place, mixing artistic, scientific, ethnographic, and historic items, unlike anything I’ve seen before.
We could then go to Venice beach and eat at the Fig Tree, on Ocean Front Walk, and stop by Small World Books to pick up some poetry books.
Another day would be dedicated to strolling Abbot Kinney in Venice and the Promenade in Santa Monica, both full of shops, cafés, art galleries, and restaurants.
I would also take them to the Bergamot Station Arts Center in Santa Monica. I love this place. It’s the largest art gallery and cultural complex on the West Coast, with 18 galleries offering many exhibitions, artist talks, receptions, workshops and performances. The gorgeous Robert Berman Gallery also hosts the Santa Monica Auctions.
One of my favorite places for healthy food is Kreation Organic Kafe on Montana Avenue. They use local, organic produce and offer outdoor dining.
In Silver Lake, the Philosophical Research Society’s particular focus is on the intersection between the creative arts and metaphysics, philosophy, mythology and mysticism. It offers many Esoteric events and exhibitions. The Philosophical Research Society Library is historic and contains rare manuscripts and sourcebooks printed prior to 1800.
For a cozy dinner, Little Dom’s restaurant on Hillurst Avenue offers delicious Italian fare.
The Griffith Observatory in Griffith Park is worth a visit. A couple of days can easily be spent there, between the Samuel Oschin Planetarium, offering “travel to the farthest reaches of the universe,” the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon Theater, observing the sky thanks to their free telescopes, and daily programs and exhibits.
For interested equestrians, you can explore Griffith Park on horseback.
Another day can be dedicated to a hike to the Hollywood sign, in the Beachwood Canyon area of the Santa Monica Mountains.
Of course, Universal Studios are always fun, as are a visit to Madame Tussauds Hollywood, the Miracle Mile, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures and the La Brea Tar Pits, as well the Malibu beaches. The Reel Inn in Malibu is fantastic for fresh fish, as is Santa Monica Seafood Market & Café in Santa Monica and Costa Mesa.
For concerts, the Greek Theater and the Wiltern.
There is so much more, but a week has already gone by!

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 want to dedicate my shoutout to my partner John FitzGerald, for his unwavering support and love. I also want to dedicate it to my parents, to whom I owe so much, and to all my teachers, from primary school to all the universities I’ve attended, as well as my drama school the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, which became my new home when I moved there. I would like to single out the late acting coach Sandra Seacat, who brought so much magic to the craft and introduced me to dreamwork. I’m deeply grateful to all the casting directors who’ve believed in me, the wonderful directors and teams who’ve nurtured me, my agents whose support is invaluable, my fellow actors, my readers, and all my fantastic friends, I cherish our friendships tremendously.

Website: helenecardona.com

Instagram: @helenecardonamagic

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/helenecardona/

Twitter: @helenecardona

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Image Credits
John Michael Ferrari, Adrian Carr, Warner Bros., Angelica Reyn, Paul Smith.

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