We had the good fortune of connecting with Joanna Ayari-Barth and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Joanna, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I became an artist and chose a creative career because my heart is fulfilled by this work. I do not feel passion for anything else than acting and pouring work into myself. It is one of the most honest work ever. You cannot lie to yourself neither to the audience. DO WHAT YOU LOVE PEOPLE it’ll make you the happiest person in the world.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Since I am a child I wanted to become an actor. At first I had to prove it to my mother that I was serious about my passion and as soon as she saw what acting meant to me she supported me unconditionally. What I have learned very quickly were two things: Do not eye or compare somebody else’s success or work with yours. If I had the time to pay attention to others I was not focused enough on my own work. It took precious time off me and my dreams. Moreover, watching somebody else’s work made me feel less worth and stopping believing into myself. I quit this behavior which took me some time but made me feel so much better at the end. The second thing I have found out and that works very well for me: Work hard in silence. This is, I guess you can call it a strategy, which worked out for me quite well. I do work hard in silence and develop a lot. Other people’s opinion or other factors cannot bother or control me anymore. I have the chance to focus on myself and only on myself. The outcome is my very own hard work and I can share it with my family and friends. This is my most important advice to anybody who dreams of achieving a piece of their dreams. In general, I am a positive person who loves to try new ways and if they do not work out I know I have tried my very best. I overcame an obstacle and learned out of it. I have gained knowledge by failing. Failing hurts sometimes but gives me opportunity.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
When my best friend Emily from London visited me in Atlanta I took her to typical places like the Ponce City Market. We have tried cookie dough and enjoyed the cultural diversity of food. We rode our bikes along the belt line when the sun set and took amazing pictures with the view of Atlanta. Piedmont Park was a walk worth with a popsicle in our hands to enjoy the American style of parks. Since we both are from Germany, Emily and I tried different American fast food restaurants but also enjoyed going to Fogo de Chao or Fumi. We enjoyed different bars where people were just enjoying themself with good music, hookah, and on the dance floor. The World of Coke, Martin Luther King Memorial, and Lenox Mall were on our list as well as Six Flags over Georgia and tubing in Helen.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My husband James is my main supporter in anything I do. He talks positively and encourages me in believing into myself and all my dreams. He tells me how he sees me and how I should see myself. It is very comforting to know to have my significant other having my back at all times. Thank you my love. Another shoutout goes to my acting teacher Scott. He’s one of the most honest people I have ever met who takes people for who they are. He also supports them in every single way. Very upfront direct person who wants to see the best, your heart. He speaks with his heart and does not take life for granted. Scott pushes me wherever he can and believes that there is a place for everybody. My very last and biggest shoutout goes to my mother. She is the strongest woman in the world. She has such a beautiful soul. My mother supports me, picks me up when I fall, and never gives up. She taught me everything I am today. She is my super hero, my angel, my everything.
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