Today we’d like to introduce you to Lian Ben Porat.
So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I am an actress, dancer, singer, originally from Tel Aviv, Israel.
Performing is my greatest passion, and I’ve always known that this is what I am supposed to be doing.
I’ve been acting and dancing ever since I can remember, and discovered my love for Musical Theater and singing during High School. I lived in NYC for two years while attending the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, and after graduating found myself packing my bags and moving to LA for an incredible opportunity- to be a part of the feature film Moon Manor.
The great thing about getting to live in and perform in all those amazing places is that I feel like I’ve left a part of me in each and every one of them.
I feel very grateful for all the opportunities I’ve had over the past few years in Israel, NY, and LA. My journey has been and still is, full of adventures, ups and downs, excitement, tears, laughter, and discovering my own path.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I believe that every time you set goals for yourself it’s always about working for it, putting yourself out there, and facing your fears. Therefore, it’s never “a smooth road”, but if it’s right for you, you’ll feel it. You will find solutions and ways to rise above the obstacles, and it’s gonna feel great, and RIGHT.
For example, when I first arrived in LA, I didn’t know anyone or how things work around here. I lived in NYC for two years prior to going to LA, and things work differently there. Whether it’s figuring out how to find auditions, transportation, housing, etc. I had to tell myself to not get discouraged and not be scared because being in LA felt right, and I knew I had to turn all the reasons why I was “freaking out” [lol] into excitement and motivation! So, I started doing my research, and from the research I learned more, and then all the doubts started to slowly fade away. Because from knowing came actions, and from actions came results. I went from being in a new place and not knowing anyone, to booking a professional dancing job, getting an agent, and having an amazing circle of people around me.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
As a performer, I got to work on some really cool projects over the past year in LA! I got to do a few short films, concept videos, photoshoots, cabarets, and basically combine my passions of acting dancing and singing all together.
I’m so happy to say I got to collaborate and work with one of my favorite clothing brand “Don’t Eat The Homies” last September. “Don’t Eat The Homie” is a vegetarian/vegan inspired apparel brand. Their apparel and branding is inspired by their wish to save all animals. I got to talk more with the CEO of the company, Jordyn Weekly, and learn more about the company’s journey, inspiration, and her vision for the brand. We are talking about the possibility of more collaborations in the future. It means so much to me that I can use art to be a part and help a cause that means so much to me.
This past summer I got to perform as professional dancer on the Full Throttle stage in one of the best Roller coaster parks in the world, Six Flags Magic Mountain. I got to work with some amazing dancers and learn from the incredible choreographers, Adolfo Barreto and Edmar Benitez. It was truly an inspiring experience, being on stage every night doing what I love. I would be more than happy to work with them again next summer if I have the opportunity.
I am a strong believer in making your own work. You don’t have to sit and wait when you are in one of the biggest cities of opportunities. Creating for yourself is one of the best feelings in the world! And believe it or not, the moment you start making your own work, other opportunities fly your way! This is why I’m so happy to share that my one woman show “Second Nature” is going up on February 8th! I can’t share too many details yet, but I can say that it is so special that I’ve been given the platform to do it and hopefully it would inspire others.
I am currently working on a musical with my extremely talented colleague Julienne Green. Julienne and I are in the process of recording the first demo album for our Musical “Waiting”, and I am more than positive you’ll hear more about it soon.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
This is a hard question because I feel like there are so many answers.
For me success is doing what I love while being surrounded by people that I love.
Success is more about the “doing” for me. When you set yourself a goal [no matter how small or big the goal is], and you take action to get it, you succeeded, and all those small successes are creating a bigger one.
Success is “go for it”. Failure is when you stop before you get it when it doesn’t work out the first time you tried.
I feel like I already succeeded. I am doing what I love, making a living out of it while being surrounded with amazing humans who support me. And I am going to keep making successes everyday.
Success is an awesome thing, and the great thing about it, is that you can succeed everyday.
- Instagram: @lianbenporatt