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Life & Work with Azizi Donnelly

Today we’d like to introduce you to Azizi Donnelly.

Hi Azizi, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I started acting a little later then some I was 21 when I decided to make this my professional career and really give it all I had. I always had a very strong creative side but I didn’t really know that acting was something you can pursue professionally so for me it was always more of a hobbie until that point. As an Australian actress, I had to learn an American accent so I did that and I threw myself into all kinds of acting classes, at one point I was taking three at one time. After about a year of taking classes full time, my mission was to get a manager and start auditioning. I submitted myself to managers, I did plays and showcases and eventually, I got a meeting with a great manager and I happened to be in a play at the time that they came to see and I got signed to my first manager.

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?
It definitely has not been a smooth road. But every challenge I have had I have grown and something great was always on the other side. Most of my struggles have been learning to handle rejection, building real self-confidence and not being an American citizen working around that… Overall I’m really grateful for these challenges because it has made me the artist that I am today.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am an actress, model and writer. I used to think that you had to be one thing only and I was ashamed to do more than one thing, now I am proud to do all that I do and I believe the complete opposite of what I used to. Primarily I am an actress, I love performing but I also love storytelling in all different art forms including writing and I have been modeling since I was 17 years old.

I love to take risks, I love a challenge and I love deep passionate work.

In terms of your work and the industry, what are some of the changes you are expecting to see over the next five to ten years?
I see myself having more say in the films and jobs that I do, be able to create but stick to projects that align with who I am as a person and what I believe in.

Contact Info:

  • Instagram: Azizi__donnelly

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