What is an Inspirationalist? Well, technically, it’s a made up title I have given those who have, against all odds, devoted their life to their passion. I have asked Ana a series of questions to understand the view of her journey.
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Who is Ana Alic?
More than a gorgeous face, Ana excercises her craft of acting while also producing and writing. She can be seen in such Canadian TV series as The Listener, and the widely released indie horror film, Antisocial.
It was in the early days when Ana defied the role of actor and took charge behind the camera as producer, writer and principal actor for a pilot, Wasteland and a short film, (Love) That Kind Of. Her recent short film was in collaboration with Bicyclette Boutique and Kolab Cinema and gained attention from the big fashion publications, Flare and Elle.
If you were to give yourself a title, what would it be?
A storyteller…I have way too many interests and loves (i’m a gemini go figure) and some of them include actress, writer, producer, vintage collector, loyal friend, spiritual student, female advocate, music appreciator and the list goes on. But a storyteller seems to encompass everything I am passionate about, I love the creation of stories and the preservation of them, anything that connects us is a beautiful thing.
What is one word that describes what you do?
What is your current challenge?
The biggest one has got to be: ‘How do I make a living doing what I love?’ I have decided it’s something that comes with time. You know that moment where you think you reached your ultimate limit and there is no way to push forward yet you do anyways and because of it success is waiting for you on the other side? Well I haven’t quite reached that moment, yet I know it’s coming.
When I decided to quit my day job (a unit clerk for the ER) and have several freelance jobs instead I knew it would hit me financially, but the freedom it allowed me to pursue acting was well worth it. Sure there are very difficult days and I never know how much I am going to make each month but there is an appreciation for goods that I never had before. Simple things like being grateful to own a car, or walking to the market to buy just enough food for the day, there is less waste in my life, I use what I need and buy only what I need. I also notice little things and am extremely grateful for the kindness of others. If a friend buys me a coffee it makes my day. The true value of life comes to surface and as cheesy as it sounds the best things really are free.
What is your current motivation?
I just finished a feature film script. I am really proud of it and excited to film it this summer with my team, director Christoph Benfey and producer Michael Pett (my boys!). I wrote the story based on a spiritual journey I went through last year and a break-up that kinda left me heart broken. But instead of eating chocolate and binge drinking I wrote a script, ha! I really believe this story is relevant to all women who struggle with relationships but its really a story of resilience and power, of pushing through the internal bullshit and really accepting who you are. It’s so important to show stronger female characters in media and ones that are complex: vulnerable and wild, funny and insecure, talented and flawed and so much more. What motivates me is to create those roles, to be an inspired and strong woman and to be an example.
What do you associate the colour red with?
This is a fun question! Red is sexy and dangerous. It’s passionate and makes me think of love and romance. Red is a bold colour and I wear a bright red lipstick when I am feeling sassy and sultry. It’s also a secretive colour, like wearing lace red lingerie that only you know about or that show up in a horror movie you do (yes that happened). Red can also be a strong colour for change, I just read about Syrian protesters dyeing the fountain water red, it’s definitely a colour that evokes strong emotion.
“Through this journey I have come to a place where I don’t care what other people think, if someone thinks I will never “make it” (whatever that means anyways) I really don’t care because I already know in my gut what I am suppose to be doing.”
How do you describe what you do to your family?
I have always been close to my family so they have seen my progression from science student and hospital worker turned actress. But there was a good year in the beginning when I first decided to pursue the arts that I didn’t tell anyone what I was doing. I was studying and going on auditions and not having a clue what I was doing, I just kinda started and made so many mistakes along the way. I didn’t have the confidence to tell people what I was doing and I knew that judgements would arise if I did.
It’s so much harder to admit to others what your passion is and then have them knock you down. Through this journey I have come to a place where I don’t care what other people think, if someone thinks I will never “make it” (whatever that means anyways) I really don’t care because I already know in my gut what I am suppose to be doing. Once I accepted myself and decided that I didn’t need support, support came flooding in from my family and friends. They are my biggest champions and its so amazing to have their love and support. My mom went to my opening night of a horror film I was in called Antisocial, my mom hates horror films but she was there!
How do you start and end your day?
I have really worked on incorporating a spiritual morning practice. It grounds me and really helps me with the rest of my day. I try to meditate for 15 minutes, or I go for a run through the park or I go to my favourite coffee shop and do some personal work while sipping my steamed soy coffee. The start of your day is so important to set the tone for the rest of the day. These days I want everyday to be positive, fun and exciting. Starting the day by clearing my mind really works for me.
The end of my day is always different because my schedule always changes. I am either working on my script writing in bed or watching one of my fave tv shows, my current obsession is Nashville.
To what do you owe where you are at right now, to?
I think it’s all about following that little voice inside, your inner guidance system if you will. When something just feels right and makes you happy that’s all that matters. All the little lessons along the way are really important to listen to. I was reading Gabrielle Bernstein’s new book this morning called Miracles Now and I underlined a passage that sums it up quite nicely:
“…there are no shortcuts on the path to my authentic power. I would have to show up to life’s assignments and pass my tests to release all that was blocking me from being my highest self”
Why be inspired by Ana?
Ana values community and networks herself with artists of all kind. This has opened up opportunities in successful collaborations. Ana doesn’t isolate herself to one craft either. She experiments with various roles in her field of passion which opens up a wide creative lens for Ana to own and apply to her work. She embraces the life of an emerging artist, and has found gratitude in her journey. She has taken heartbreak and turned it into opportunity, while staying focused on her dreams. She is a leading example of how a woman can take ownership of her dreams, and apply passion every day to bring it all to life.
For more on Ana, please visit her website.
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