We had the good fortune of connecting with Kara Anthony and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kara, why did you pursue a creative career?
Honesty, from a young age I felt chosen. When I was a kid I loved acting out moves, and learning dances. Those are my passions and I feel a love for doing those things so deep that it is hard to explain at times. So later in life, when I realized just how crazy life can be, I thought it’s only worth it to do exactly what I love if I’m going to be apart of this crazy game called life.
We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way.
I am most excited about my new YouTube series, “An Ode to Colored Girls”. It is my passion project and a reflection of what I want my career to look like. It also is an example of my ideal film or show to star in, set in the 40s, 50s, or 60s, showcasing dancing, singing, and acting. I got where I am today professionally by fully handling and taking care of my mental health. There is nothing like a sound mind, and this industry can drive you batty. I overcame and am constantly able to handle these challenges because of a book entitled Dianetics. It helped me understand my mind and how to keep it healthy. Along the way, I’ve learned that your purpose is present as early as age two and if you think back to what you loved doing at that age then you will know what truly makes you happy. I’ve also learned that, you are ALWAYS right. So if you think you can’t do something, you’re right. And if you think you can do something, you’re right. Choose wisely.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If you’re in LA for one week here are my top 5 things to do: 1. Go roller skating and bike riding in Venice Beach 2. Eat at “Stuff I Eat” in Inglewood 3. Hike at Runyon Canon 4. Here some live music a Seventy7 Lounge in Culver City 5. Spend the day at Universal Studios
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?
My mom. She is the most courageous person I know letting her only daughter live so far away to purse her career. She is my inspiration, and has always supported my dreams. There was a time when I was discouraged and feeling hopeless and wanted to just come home and my mom actually encouraged me to not come back home and reassured me that I was doing the right thing.