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Meet Trailblazer Syd Traina

Today we’d like to introduce you to Syd Traina.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I’ve been an entertainer since I was two years old. I always wanted to make people laugh and smile. I started off as a singer so when I went to middle school I auditioned for the choir and got in. Even though, I got in, it wasn’t enough for me I knew there was more for me. One day, I went to the movies with my mom to see “Fame” and that was that. I left the movie theater knowing exactly what my future held. Living in a quaint suburb outside of Chicago, I knew the closest performing arts school was in the city. I told my parents that I was auditioning for the performing arts school and that it required students to live in the city. My parents were not as excited as I was. They told me that if I figured out how to get to every audition and meeting by myself they would move IF I got in (I found out later my parents didn’t think I’d get in so they weren’t concerned). Well, after three auditions and multiple meetings I got my letter of acceptance! My mom and dad gave me the “oh shit face” and rented a one bedroom apartment in Chicago until we could figure the logistics out.

Skip to spring of my freshman year of high school. I loved my new school but kind of fell out of love with singing. The passion just wasn’t there but a small spark for acting was lit. I attempted to switch over to the acting conservatory but they wouldn’t let me. That did not stop me though! I decided to homeschool myself (really I just read a lot of stuff online for two years took my GED and magically passed.) I graduated high school a year early began taking outside acting classes and set my heart on moving to LA in the fall. 2014, I moved to L.A. and went to my dream school The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Over the next four years, I went to school, took A TON of classes and worked my booty off to really understand my craft. I graduated this past May and since then I’ve hit the floor running! I got back into classes to keep my acting muscles strong and started my search for representation. I did a showcase and made amazing connections as well as friendships. In the past six months, I’ve found fantastic representation, became SAG Eligible, and have worked on some awesome projects. I am currently taking classes, auditioning as much as I can, and exploring other creative aspects of this industry. Today I am happy where I am and where I will be going. Life is a journey and I wouldn’t change my journey for anything.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Not at all! I definitely have had my road bumps and mountains to climb. I struggled with depression, anxiety and an eating disorder when I was younger. My best advice for someone who’s struggling is to be honest with yourself and know when you need to take care of yourself. Your happiness and health comes before anything else. Because if you’re not your best self you’ll never truly be happy with yourself or your life. Take time everyday to do something for YOURSELF. Dreams take hard work but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t enjoy the journey.

Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I am an actor, so pretty much I get paid to pretend all day. Right now you can see my face in two shows on Amazon Prime, “Big Trouble at Barney’s” and “American Bikini”. I guess the thing I’m most proud of is how far I’ve come as human being, I truly love the person I am and I feel blessed to bring that into my work.

A side note, I am currently training to become a yoga teacher! I am very excited to help others find what I found in yoga. So keep following my journey if you’d like to practice with me in the future!

What’s the most important piece of advice you could give to a young woman just starting her career?
Everything happens for a reason and the road to success is often bumpy. You’ll have thoughts about giving up but you just have to remember everyone does! You’re not alone in this crazy thing called life. Just remember why you began this journey and the reasons you love what you’re doing.

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Alex Morehouse, Jason Santiago, Michael Mauve, Aaron Johnson

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