Today we’d like to introduce you to Anny Rosario.
Anny, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Watching Spanish speaking telenovelas was the thing to do in the Dominican Republic, my country of birth. Although this habit proliferated our home and the homes of many other Dominicans, no one in my family verbally expressed a desire or intention to be in one. Or any other field of entertainment, for that matter. The real matter was a day to day survival, as I was raised on limited means. That didn’t stop me and my 7-year declarations that I loved acting and was going to be an actress. The exotic worlds and lives thrilled me, and I wanted in on it.
It wasn’t possible at that time however, partly because my dad got us citizenship and at the age of 9 brought my mom, brother, and myself to this new country. What ensued wasn’t the picture-perfect “New York, New York”, Nueval Yol “you can find dollars in the street” paradise fellow Dominicans, sitcoms, and tv shows fed us, but rather a cold and brittle challenge to assimilate and catch up. Quick. Needless to say, I dropped my dreams and dug myself in R.L. Stine, Christopher Pike, and my journal.
The passion, though latent, wasn’t snuffed out, and by the time it came to go to college, I decided to study acting. New York and Chicago were cities I researched, but ultimately I chose a school right in my hometown. Fear of the unknown struck. Fear would become an inescapable theme throughout my 20’s, along with compulsive behaviors and toxic distractions. Running away from my dreams, and ultimately myself became intolerable, and at age 26, I made the leap to Los Angeles. “I’m going to pursue my career, and a new life”, I told everyone. And that’s exactly what I’ve done. I got here in 2012, and I’ve done both. This artistic journey has grown me and I’ve grown in my artistic journey. I’m a stronger actor, a better person because I decided to take action despite my terror. And now I’m here!
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Oh, the struggles! Although I studied acting and did some productions in my 20’s, I was mostly focused on social life. Mostly catching up for all the lonely days I spent as a kid. I didn’t nurture a sense of discipline and order, a reverence for this gift of acting I’d been given. So, when I got to LA, I was very new, and I was behind my peers by a lot. I needed to hone my skills and learn how to develops connections and relationships. I’m still doing that. I value my path and the choices I made because they made me the person I am, but oh boy! Do I wish I’d started on my career much, much sooner!
The other important aspect through the years has been developing a sense of confidence in myself and in my abilities.
What do you do, what do you specialize in, what are you known for, etc. What are you most proud of? What sets you apart from others?
My intention is to bring understanding between all persons, to heighten empathy, to entertain. To inspire others, through my ongoing journey as an artist, that its possible to recreate ourselves on our own terms, void of societal, parental, or religious conditioning. In fact, it’s imperative we do so for our overall health, and if we are to make a difference in our world and that of others.
What moment in your career do you look back fondly on?
One of my most exciting moments was the chance to work with Rob Zombie, a brilliant filmmaker. I’ve been a fan of his for years. To be directed by him was a highly notable life moment. Besides that wrote, directed, and produced my short film, “John David”. I learned so much about what I am capable of, and it was thrilling to see an idea through to its completion.
- Website: www.annyrosario.com
- Instagram: @iamannyrosario
- Other: http://www.imdb.me/annyrosario and http://resumes.actorsaccess.com/annyrosario