We had the good fortune of connecting with Isabella Prida and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Isabella, other than deciding to work for yourself, what else do you think played a pivotal role in your story?
As an actor, and as an inexperienced one when I first arrived to LA, I thought that I always had to act a certain way to please casting. I felt I had to dress a certain way, post certain things, talk differently, just carry myself a little differently than how I naturally was, because of fear of not being who they were looking for. When in reality it’s the complete opposite. The day I truly did something for myself was when I cut my hair. I went from an average hairstyle to this super cute pixie cut. I couldn’t believe I had done something that I had only dreamt about for years. Imagine going literal years of your life not doing something out of fear for not getting a job! It was almost immediately after that haircut that I began to book roles consistently. I finally felt like myself and even though it was an outer appearance adjustment, it helped my inner self, it helped my confidence, it changed the way I carried myself. It might take a while to figure out how you’ll feel most confident but never be afraid to do something for yourself in order to please others.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Something I’m most proud of in myself is that I’m always moving. I definitely believe in the “trial and error” method because getting that hands on experience is something that will teach you more than simply reading it or hearing it from someone else. Getting to this place in my career now where I produce my podcast, develop content, create events, is all something I got to by simply trying out a bunch of things and seeing what worked and what didn’t. It’s hard to let go of something that you thought would keep you busy for forever, but once you branch out and experience several new things then you will most likely be surprised at what else you like or what else you’re really good at.
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 so hard because of the pandemic! I’m not sure what’s still open and functioning, but here’s what I would recommend: Visit all of the cute restaurants and bars on Main St in between Venice and Santa Monica. Do something adventurous and try a surfing lesson while you’re there, or roller skate on the bike path overlooking the ocean, or just take a walk on the pier by the rollercoasters. You could grab drinks at The Victorian, hike a trail by Griffith Observatory, eat at a vegan pizza place called Double Zero.Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I don’t even care about being corny because the only person I want to thank is my mom! She believed in my capabilities and never lets me forget how powerful I can truly be. Since encouraging my Britney Spears inspired concerts as a kid, to moving us to Hollywood for more opportunities, to the regular pep-talks she gives me, my mom is the best most cutest rock I could have asked for. Without Mayte Prida I would probably be working at a job I settled for because I gave up on my dreams. Thank you Mami!
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