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Check Out Janey Nel’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Janey Nel.

Hi Janey, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I grew up in South Africa, with two parents who supported me but were very much not into the arts. In the third grade, I started singing lessons for the first time and that’s where I fell in love with entertaining people. I eventually moved onto doing acting in High School, where I was told on multiple occasions that I wasn’t good enough. After high school, when having to decide what to study, my heart was telling me acting but due to the lack of reinforcement from my high school acting experience, I was unsure. But luckily, in a strike of fate, I was scouted to audition of The New York Film Academy and got accepted with a Scholarship. So off to LA to pursue my dreams it was…

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Of course not, I think if it was a smooth road, you’d never have any fun stories to tell! My biggest struggle when it came to being in the entertainment industry was my battle with social anxiety and depression. This industry is one where you are constantly having to put yourself out there and with that does come the very real possibility of negativity. Having these mental health problems makes dealing with that negativity and rejection so much harder – although in your heart, you know it’s normal and part of the journey in this industry – your mind immediately forces you to take it personally.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am an actress currently studying acting for film at The New York Film Academy. I also have a love for theatre and probably always will. Singing is also a part of my creative journey and I hope to one day release my music. My proudest moment to date has been the two plays I directed in my time at NYFA, being an actor and being able to work on the directing side of the process gives you a newfound respect for the art form and taught me so much. I think what sets me apart is my work ethic, I am a person who always will give 110% in whatever I do!

How do you define success?
Success to me is being happy in whatever I am doing! I know it seems cheesy, but being successful is knowing what I am doing for the rest of my life makes me happy. That way whether I am making millions or barely making ends meet, at least I know the work I am doing is bringing me joy.

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Samantha Figueroa Melissa Meyer Gabby Bester

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