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Meet Lana Danielyan

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lana Danielyan.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Lana. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
My story is a bit unconventional, which, I’d say is representative of how I am. My family moved to the States when I was 12. Leaving everything and everyone in Russia, then learning English and making a new life, new friendships was really difficult. I found myself overwhelmed with feelings of loneliness and excitement and possibilities. I did quite well in school. Straight out of high school, I went on to UCLA and got a double B.A. in Psychology and Russian. And then I got my J.D. from Pepperdine Univ. School of Law and passed the CA Bar right away. I did law for a few years but was truly unfulfilled. So one day, I decided to take an acting class just to add variety and creativity to my life. I was 27 and I realized how much of an artist I am. I continued to work in a corporate world and devote all of my outside time to growing as an artist. About four years ago, I took a risk and quit the corporate world and now pursuing life as an artist.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Nothing in my life is ever a smooth road. I’ll be honest – the biggest struggle were $$. It’s really hard to give up a stable paycheck, a 401(k) for something that is unpredictable. At the same time, I consider myself lucky, I’ve achieved a good amount of success comparatively to others in pursuit of the same thing. Sometimes I feel like it’s not enough but I try to keep in mind how lucky it is to have the opportunity to pursue a passion rather be forced into a job I hate.

What else should our readers know?
What sets me apart, I think, is that I have the business skills in addition to having a creative soul. I’m a unique individual and I seek the world with an open mind and heart; but, at the same time, I’m still grounded and focused. And having focus in a creative field is essential.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
Everything happens for a reason, right! Even the times that are seen as bad luck have led me to take action and steps towards becoming who I’m authentically meant to be.

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