Thursday, November 23, 2017

Actress and Singer, Cyrina Fiallo, Talks About How To Deal with Bullies

Please tell us about yourself and what you do?

I was born and raised in Miami, Florida. I have a big, beautiful, Cuban/Italian family and I’m an actress, singer, writer and peanut butter enthusiast. 

Can you tell us a bit about any upcoming projects or events that you are working on?

I’m really excited about a couple of movies I worked on last year. One is called Hollywood and the other is Killing Poe which I had the pleasure of becoming Associate Producer on, and working in Chicago with some very close friends. This year, I’ll be performing in NYC and LA with a band I’m in called “The Girls” with fellow actresses Julianna Guill and Alison Brie. 

the girls desert awesome

Do you find the pressures of working in your industry significant with regard to feeling the need to have a “perfect” body?  If so, how do you navigate through that terrain? 

Absolutely. It’s very hard to keep up with what Hollywood thinks is the “perfect” body. I struggle myself sometimes, but the bottom line is, I love to eat. Eating makes me happy and I will never sacrifice my happiness. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not out there eating pizza and cake everyday, but I will never deny myself a piece if that’s what my heart desires. I hike with friends or do yoga to relax and clear my mind if I have a lot going on or am feeling overwhelmed.

How do you “not” judge yourself when others (critics, audience members, producers, etc.) “judge” you based on outward measures?

To be honest, I try not to read anything negative that’s written about me, or anyone else I know and care about. People will always have opinions, but that’s all they are. Random people’s opinions. They don’t matter, and it’s important to surround yourself with uplifting people and fill your mind with positive thoughts.

To follow up with that question, how do you deal with bullying or people talking negative about you? Can you give any examples of bullying in your personal life and how you handled it?

Bullying breaks my heart. It’s not just something that happens to young people in school. It can follow people their whole lives and I have no tolerance for it. In middle school, there were some mean girls that said some very hurtful things to me. At the time, I kept a lot of my feelings to myself, but I learned that being kind to people no matter what, actually encourages them to stop their lousy behavior. 

What made you want to get involved with Mental Fitness, Inc.?

Feeling good about yourself and knowing how to live a healthy lifestyle is critical. Practicing healthy habits at a young age is so important, and it builds the foundation for the rest of your life. Mental Fitness helps to instill the importance of having a healthy mind and subsequently having a healthy body. I was so excited to hear about this organization because although social media and video games can be fun, it really limits the amount of time we do healthy, active things. If you spend too much time inside watching TV, playing a video game, or on your phone or computer, you’re missing out on being outside enjoying the sun, or doing something active that will release endorphins and help you have a better day. 

Who were the role models in your life? 

My parents have been wonderful role models for health, both body and mind. They’ve always been very active people, so that definitely helped with instilling the importance of keeping healthy growing up. My mom is also an excellent cook, but she makes healthy food taste delicious, so that’s extremely helpful. They’ve always taught me to feel good about myself (even when I sometimes don’t) and to always be open minded. They always taught me to have empathy, which I learned at an early age is more important than sympathy, because it is crucial to understand what it’s like to stand in someone else’s shoes. The only way to truly understand another human being, is to imagine yourself living their life, or feeling the way they feel. If you do that, you think twice about saying, thinking, or doing anything negative to that person. 

What do you define as beautiful?

Beautiful is being kind. When someone is kind, they are beautiful inside and out. 

How do you define inner beauty?

Inner beauty is being genuine and inspiring those around you.

What is happiness?

Everyone defines their own happiness. It’s important to think about the honorable things that make you happy, and to fill your life with only those things. My family and friends make me happy. The beach makes me happy. Wind makes me happy. So do the stars, guacamole, karaoke, road trips and dancing in unusual places. 

Would you be willing to take the Real Deal pledge?  Thoughts about that? (http://wearetherealdeal.com/about/the-real-deal-pledge/)

I’M IN!

How do you manage your stress levels in daily life?  Do you use music / art / dance, etc. as a coping tool?  Are there other things that you do to live mindfully?

Some days are more stressful than others. Exercise in any capacity is great. Yoga is lovely. Learning to breathe in order to get through tough moments is vital. Music has always made me happy. A good air drum session is really invigorating. Going to a park, beach, or peaceful places where you can just think and people watch helps me get through the day. Dancing in my living room is also a stupendous way to get the stress out. 

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