*Photo by Cathy Baron Photography.* 

Helenna Santos is an actor, writer, and producer with Mighty Pharaoh Films. Her latest project that she produced and stars in is the feature film, “At Your Own Risk”. She can also be seen in ABC’s “A Million Little Things.” She’s the Founder of Ms. In The Biz and her work as a contributing writer can be found in MovieMaker Magazine, Backstage MagazineIndieWire, and BUST Magazine.

In this episode, we talk about gaining the confidence to own what you want to do, the power of patience and practice, the importance of enjoying the process, her challenges with mental health and lessons in personal growth, and more. Listen above or on iTunes.

Show notes

In this episode, we talk about:

  • the non-monetary impact of passion projects on her creative career
  • the evolution of the entertainment industry to the multi-hyphenate creative
  • taking ownership of whatever you want to do
  • how she feels her career is just starting now although she’s been performing since college
  • why her hardships have been worth it
  • the importance of patience and practice
  • how therapy has helped her bring her best self to whatever she’s doing
  • creating feature films where women act as women would respond in real life
  • how empathy can make a creative journey a hard one
  • why she hates the word “success” and has eliminated it from her vocabulary
  • how she sets a goal and puts 100% of herself into it, then pivots if she doesn’t like it
  • defining success as being happy in the process
  • the power of commitment and asking the universe for what you want
  • learning how to use her OCD to her advantage
  • how her heritage and being different in a widely white industry drove her to create her own content
  • how life isn’t a marathon, it’s a series of sprints

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