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Daily Inspiration: Meet Dominique Thaysen

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dominique Thaysen.

Hi Dominique, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
To me, acting is my life. Ever since I can remember, I wanted to live in Los Angeles and be an actor. I never knew what that meant or the sacrifices that would have to be made. When I was a little girl, I watched Nicole Kidman act her way through Moulin Rouge. Everything from the glamorous outfits, intense acting and extravagant shots thrilled me. How was this movie made? What went into making it? I had no idea but I was always intrigued with the entire process.

Being born in Cape Town, the acting dream always seemed so far away. Unatanable at times.

I studied dancing, acting, and theater training at The Waterfront Theater School throughout High School. I graduated and attended acting college in Cape Town. After only a year of studies, I decided I needed to be where the action was! I booked a one-way ticket to Los Angeles and auditioned to enter New York Film Academy on a scholarship. I got accepted and studied acting and directing.

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?
The road to becoming a successful actor is no walk in the park. I have supported myself working nonunion $10/hour jobs (Shout out to IATSE). That is the obvious struggle of living and trying to be an actor in Los Angeles. When I graduated from college and had to support myself fully – I was eating ramen noodles for breakfast, lunch, and dinner while working seven days a week. Which is nothing compared to the sacrifice I made to move across the world from my family. Move away from everyone I know and love to pursue a dream. Nothing worthwhile is easy. As a creative, I try to stay positive since I believe it’s about the journey, not the instant gratification. It’s always a learning process.

As a woman entering the entertainment industry, there are the biggest challenges of dealing with the everylasting sexism and constant inequality in Hollywood that has been around since the dawn of time. They would put me in tiny, revealing “booty” shorts and a tank top only to have the men in the same scene wear jeans and a T-shirt. We need to start saying No. In the beginning, I would be too petrified to speak up. In fear that the production would lable me as “difficult” or a “diva”. The common misconseption about actors are that we have an easy job. I’m sorry but there is nothing easy about being in booty shorts in the middle of winter while thirty dudes watch you try and do your job for 3 hours straight. As I’ve grown, I’ve learnt how to find my voice and realizing that they will take as much as they can from you. Acting is the hardest of them all. It’s phycial and emotional and as women especially we must speak up for ourselves and one another.

Most of my auditions are for the stung-out mother with an addiction problem or the ever likable prostitute. The most challenging task is weeding through the breakdowns to find roles for women of sustenance.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I have always been a creative in the world of the industy. Obseassed with fashion and make-up from a young age. Been assitant styling and make-up for 5 years now along with event photography. Check out Mystic Braves new Music Video dropping on the 9th of November, produced by Long Divison Film!

Experience includes –

Assistant Make-Up – V Magazine 2020

Assistant Stylist – Republic Records

Pictures This – Music Video

Mystic Braves – Music Video 2021

So, before we go, how can our readers or others connect or collaborate with you? How can they support you?
Living in Los Angeles and am always ready to collaborate on anything! As I said, I am writing a series at the moment and if you want to jump in all you need to do is contact me through my website!

As Henry Ford once said – “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”

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Image Credits:

Angela Palermo – @U_Developed

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