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

Hi Masiela, as a parent, what have you done for you children that you feel has had the most significant impact?
The most important revelation I’ve shared with my son, Landon, would be that success and failure are pages from the same book, and we must honor each narrative with equal opportunity for growth and wisdom. Quite often, it is not a sudden success that defines us, as success can be accidental and, frankly, jarring. It is more likely that our characters are forged inside the flames of loss, humility, and resistless passion. We know ourselves not when we bask in linear growth, but when we face adversity, vulnerability, and uncertainty. My goodness, there is so much poetry in failure, and I hope to keep reminding our son that his greatest strength comes from failure and success, equally and reverently.

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.
As an actress, I simply love people. I love the varicolored textures of a facial expression, where a war of sentiment plays out in a fleeting moment. I love the hesitant pauses, the raised eyebrows, the flip of a curl. I find it quite impossible to love the craft of acting without falling in love with humanity as a whole, and so I tackle each film and television project with the aim to include my own bit of positivity to our world. I focus on films, whatever the genre, that elevate and inspire. This sense of purpose that I believe I share with many actors in our industry also carries through to my writing. I write with the purpose to help define positivity and growth. Merely reflecting on the themes of life without a cathartic sentiment does not inspire me. We share such a finite space in our world, that however we can heal and elevate should be wholly embraced.

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.
Vienna, Austria in the winter! Join me for cozy Wienerschnitzels, jolly chocolate Santas, toasted chestnuts, and spiced punch. Let’s pass through a street lined with twinkling chandeliers until we reach Stephansplatz, the heart of Vienna. As we stand for a moment, catching our breaths fog into clouds, we peer up and revere the tolling bells of time-charred Stephansdom, Vienna’s nearly 900-year-old cathedral.

Leaving the decadent city, we can drive to Tyrol to ski in the ruggedly humbling Alps. In the evening, let’s walk through the town center and visit one of Tyrol’s many pubs where pop music is vibrating through the walls and windows. Stepping in, we may be pleasantly greeted by locals and tourists alike pounding fists with the happy beats of Euro pop, and nostalgic 80’s music.
In the morning, let us luxuriate in Austria’s hospitality and warmth as we catch snowflakes in our hot chocolates.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Payal Kadakia – Founder of Classpass

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Image Credits
I have rights and permission for the images by Fadil Berisha and Raul Roa

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