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Life & Work with Diana (Dee-ah-nah) Sanchez

Today we’d like to introduce you to Diana (Dee-ah-nah) Sanchez.

Hi Diana (Dee-ah-nah), thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and moved to the states at the tender age of eight. My only concern then was learning English and adjusting to American Culture. Before my sisters came along, I entertained my dolls and teddies with my one-woman shows in the living room. Playing pretend was my favorite thing to do; I made long hair out of colorful towels and used a mop as my mic.

In elementary school, I dabbled with short class productions but I didn’t really understand that world until 7th grade. In my then called Language Arts class, our teacher exposed us to Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and the musical, West Side Story. I was hooked! I learned about Rita Moreno and that plays can turn into films and I was enamored by all of it. My high school life was sports and plays. If I wasn’t on the court, I was on the stage.

Fast forward to college, I studied Theater and Communications. I was blessed to worked for a non-profit theater company which surrounded me with artists of color and I began to envision myself as a professional actor. I moved to NYC after graduation and it’s been a wild ride since! NYC added to my foundation and love for the arts in general, that place is buzzing with inspiration but just as easily, it can take a toll. I took a break from NYC and worked in the Boston market for two years. Which also gave me some time to decide what I was going to do next. I took a leap of faith, moved to LA and now I’ve lived here since 2018.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
If this was a smooth road, everyone would be on it! Ha! Moving to a new place is always a struggle no matter what you are pursuing. And each city has their own unique challenges. Adjusting to LA has been hard because I’m the furthest away from what makes me feel at home, my family. Before when things got hard, I just hopped on a 4hr bus ride and got to hug my mom. Now I have to tough it out a little more. At first, I was constantly comparing East Coast to West Coast and everyone kept saying it takes two years, three years to adjust…but I wanted to press the go button.

Once I started to let go of my expectations of this place and started to see it for what it is, things started to turn around. Making friends in a new city is difficult too so that, plus you’re the new kid in town, (which definitely works as an advantage) but it’s also starting all over again to build new relationships specially in the industry. Coming from NYC though was the best prep I could have ever asked for. Nothing will ever be as a hard as that! I will say that the road is the smoothest when I can look at my journey and be proud of where I’m at. Adding value to my life outside of my career is super important as well. Easier said than done of course! But when I’m in my creative flow it doesn’t feel like work, feels like love.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am a vessel for creativity and I’m here to serve through my art. My chosen medium is acting. During this crazy but important time, I’m blessed with the opportunity to bring stories and interesting characters to life. You can check me out in My Sisters, A feature shot in 24hrs, now available on Amazon. Also, my first Spanish Market Campaign for Daisy Sour Cream was just released! The coolest part about the commercial, besides being the lead is that I also recorded the Voice Over. Doing a gig in my first language is just fantastic and I’m super proud of that. Last but not least, with the help of a fantastic group of talented and generous friends, I produced, wrote and starred in a short called I Did Something, which I’m planning on submitting to festivals in the near future.

The crisis has affected us all in different ways. How has it affected you and any important lessons or epiphanies you can share with us?
Yes! Connecting with loved ones is so important. Specially folks you haven’t connected with in a while. We don’t know how much time we have here. I lost my grandparents within a few months apart from each other. One not related to Covid, the other’s health deteriorated because of it. It’s easy to get in your own bubble and forget to reach out. Don’t. It’s not worth it.

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