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Interview with Frankenstein, MD’s star, Anna Lore: You have to love you

March 15, 2015 by  
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Please tell us about yourself and what you do?

My name is Anna Lore and I’m an actor. I’m originally from Iowa and I’ve been living in LA for a couple years now. I love writing and performing sketch and comedy and I play Victoria Frankenstein on Frankenstein MD from PBS Digital Studios and Pemberley Digital (you can check it out here at youtube.com/PBSDigitalStudios!)

 

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

I just shot the first two episodes of a new Dungeons and Dragons web series called “Natural 20” that comes out in February 2015. I’m really excited about it, I get to play a completely ridiculous character.

 

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

 

The pressure to have a perfect body is really high in the entertainment industry. But I take comfort in knowing that there is a role out there for every type. I’m never going to be or look like something that I’m not, it’s that simple. So I play to my strengths and I always remember that there are 8 billion different people in the world and there is no one like me and I wouldn’t want there to be. It’s important to own every inch of yourself. You have to love you because that’s who you’re gonna be spending your whole life with!

 

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?

Humor is how I deal with everything. I refuse to take myself too seriously because that’s when you’ve backed yourself into a corner. If you can laugh at yourself it doesn’t matter when or where other people are doing it. A lot of the bullying that people do online is especially hilarious. Someone whose profile picture is a hot dog wearing a baseball hat just called you a slut? That’s hysterical. Someone called me “ugly host girl” recently and I’m still laughing about it.

 

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

Mental health is so important. I grew up around a lot of people struggling with mental illness and it’s an issue that’s very close to my heart.

 

Who were the role models in your life?

My mom is absolutely my number one role model. She made me know I was beautiful no matter what, she gave me confidence and taught me how to love myself and others. She strives so hard to see the world through love and she sees the beauty in everyone and everything, those traits are very valuable to me.

 

What do you define as beautiful?

I define it as confidence. When you love yourself inside and out, when you feel smart and capable, when you’re on your own path and doing something you love.

 

How do you define inner beauty?

A sexy liver. Just kidding. Inner beauty and outer beauty come from the same place I think! I feel the most beautiful when I’ve just learned an awesome new fact about space and I’m wearing something funky and weird that I’ve never worn before. Beauty is a feeling and an attitude and anyone can have it.

 

What is happiness?

Happiness is being in love with where you are. I find happiness when I’m driving in my car and there’s an awesome song on and I can’t help but think about how great my life is.

 

Would you be willing to take the Real Deal pledge?  Thoughts about that?

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?

I’m still finding ways to deal with stress. I’m a worrier and I love to prepare for the worst case scenarios. I recently took up running which has helped a ton, I’m a terrible runner and its 70% walking but it definitely helps. I also love dancing, I’m a terrible dancer, it’s like Gumby in a wind tunnel, but it’s fun and it’s a great release.

 

How do you find a work-life balance — as a woman, relationships, a professional — what are keys to balance?

It’s all muddled together right now and I like it that way. My work and my life are blended together and I think when you love what you do, that’s ok. I’m still learning how to give myself a day off though. It’s important to take a break.

 

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