A genuine conversation with Actor/ Filmmaker MICHAELA ZANNOU
– Women in Film –
A genuine conversation with Actor/ Filmmaker
Recently we had the pleasure of talking with this incredible woman and very talented
Actress, Writer and Filmmaker,
Originally from Athens, Greece, with a rich background in theatre and a huge passion for
storytelling, Michaela made the big, bold move to NYC 6 years ago to pursue her artistic career. And
it looks like she is unstoppable. From a kid growing up obsessed with storytelling and Greek Mythology,
life on stage, crossing the Atlantic and starting from scratch in NYC, … to getting her show into the
prestigious SeriesFest, Michaela was kind enough to share her story with us.
Thank you so much for having me! I’m really excited to share my journey with your audience.
Yes, that’s true. I am originally from Athens, Greece. The best part about growing up in Greece, apart from getting to spend my summers at the beach, was being exposed to such a rich culture. As a child, I was obsessed with Greek mythology and I would ask my mom to read me myths and stories again and again. I was also exposed to Greek tragedy from a young age which definitely enriched me and influenced me artistically.
At the same time, I was also a huge fan of movies. I would watch one or two movies a day even before I could read subtitles. Then I would always pick a part in a movie and imagine how I would portray that character, what I would do differently and which moments I was longing to revisit.
I think I always knew I wanted to be an actor but it wasn’t until I performed on stage for the first time that I thought “I wanna do this professionally” without a doubt in my mind.
I was attending Business school and the first thing I did when I set foot in the building was join my University’s drama club (that should have tipped me off). After my very first performance with the drama club, after that very first applause, I just knew I wanted to do this for the rest of my life.
The transition from Greece to NYC was harder than I expected. I had landed in a foreign country with no connections, no support system and very little money. Everyone tells me how brave I was to move to NYC like that but the brave part wasn’t to get on a plane and move there. The brave part was not leaving when things got rough.
The first two months were filled with stressing and scary situations and it took all the strength I had not to jump on a plane and go back home. But even if things seemed to be getting harder and harder every day, I was lucky enough to stumble upon people who supported me and were there for me when I needed help.
New York is a city of immigrants, we all know the struggle and how cruel it can be to its newcomers. I found that most people, from new co-workers to strangers I met on the street, where more than willing to offer a helping hand. I had never experienced generosity the way I did when I moved to New York. But at the same time, I was taught a valuable lesson, that people will only help you as far as they can and it’s important to respect people’s boundaries – no one owes you anything.
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— To be continued in our June 2020 Issue of Cut Frame Magazine. —
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