We had the good fortune of connecting with Natalia Minasian and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Natalia, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Becoming an actor is a risk. You risk not mounting up to your idea of success, you risk disappointing your loved ones, you risk not being able to sustain your life with acting. Moving across the ocean is a risk. You risk losing touch with your friends, losing yourself in a new country and a new language, losing your track and doing things just because you’ve given up so much to be here.
What about creating your own artistic company? A risk yet again. What if no one likes our work? What if we want to pursue different things and the collective falls apart?
So many risks and so many what-ifs – I’ve taken them all and I’ve had all those questions in my head. But was it worth it? Absolutely!

Risk for me is about giving up the tight controlling grip on life, surrendering and then… jumping into the flow. Life knows where to lead us, often better than we do. I’ve grown to believe that without risk, you don’t open doors, windows, even the tiniest cracks for hope, for something truly great to happen to you. It doesn’t have to be a daring life-changing risk, it can be a small act of courage towards your life or even changing your habitual way of doing something. Yes, risk has many forms, and absolutely all of us are capable of taking it.

I dread and love taking risks at the same time – it’s always scary but brings so much joy, relief and knowledge once you’ve done it. Taking all those risks has shaped me into the artist and human I am right now, and it keeps moulding me into something even more honest. Honesty, actually, is a very important quality for an actor, in my opinion – so the more honest I can be, the better artist I can become. Isn’t that great?

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am of Armenian descent, grew up in Moscow, Russia and then moved to New York. The places I’ve seen and the cultures I’ve got to know are all combined in me – this gives me a huge pool of stories to draw inspiration from. I didn’t see that clearly before but the Folklore project we did with Artistic Resonance Collective, where I read an Armenian poem in Russian and moved on a New York roof, shed light on all those worlds I am carrying inside. They make me stand out – my foreign accent, my facial features that make it hard to tell where I’m from, the way I see and process things. I used to want to blend in, but now… now I know that all of this makes me unique, makes me truly and fully myself. And the more I am embracing all those parts, the better actress and creative I am becoming. You probably already know, but we are storytellers – and the more stories we’re storing inside of us, the more stories we can share and breathe life in. I have just set my foot in the professional world, even though I’ve been doing it for a very long time. This time I’m serious, I’m doing it, I’m creating. This has been a bumpy road but seeing everything I’ve learned professionally over the years, I am thankful for every little bump. Acting is a tough business – yet here I am; some say I am not cut out for dance – yet I dance, I move with my beautiful poetic body; there are so many talented musicians I compare myself to – yet I still sing and play, pouring my heart out with every sound.
Every artist needs a space to create, so my friends and I created this company called Artistic Resonance Collective (I have mentioned it before, but now you get to find out more). Chloé Noble, Gabrielle Scott and I have gotten together when we needed a safe haven to express ourselves through movement, painting, voice. In the pandemic, we continued to meet through Zoom not to lose touch with ourselves and with our instruments. Those meetings became something bigger, deeper, made us create more and more, and finally resulted in us building an official company that would be dedicated to creating space for artists like ourselves, devising original work that comes from the inside, talks about what matters now and has a capacity to heal.
I am so hopeful for what we can achieve once it becomes a little easier to be in the same physical space. Can’t wait to meet all the people that want to make art with us and to write, direct, devise more projects in different spaces, with different intentions. We have already come a long way from our very first project shot on our phones to shooting a fully realized series of short films in collaboration with a professional crew from The Telly Channel. With every performance and short film we filmed, we shared a part of our hearts, so that our audience can see it and get inspired. By the way, our first short film Find Me was even selected for the Lift-Off Global Network First-Time Filmmakers Sessions. I wrote it, acted in it and put it together with ARC and my friends, Patrick Péclard and Thijs Hogenboom. It’s so amazing to have such talented and generous people around!

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I am the worst tour guide you can imagine because I never have time to walk around the city. But if we had the capacity to travel in space in a matter of minutes, this is where I’d take my friend. First, we’d go to Moscow to see all the beautiful sights and historic buildings. Then, we would move to Armenia, spend a couple of days driving around and enjoying the most picturesque nature, and then end up with some local family to eat the most delicious food and learn about their everyday life. After that, we’d explore all the different European countries, their lifestyle and hidden gems (Germany would be my personal favourite). At the end of our week-long trip, after a hike in upstate New York, we’d soak in the vibe of the city from a rooftop and dine out in some cute authentic family-owned restaurant. And then we’d just wish for another trip like this to see more places and meet more people. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There are so many people that have supported and inspired me along the way. My main person who literally made everything possible for me is my mom, Karina. My whole family deserves a shoutout, to be honest. They have given me so much unconditional love and support that fueled me to do hard and risky things, allowed me to be myself and to trust that what I’m doing matters. My recent pandemic achievements would not be that fulfilling if it wasn’t for my company’s, Artistic Resonance Collective, co-founders – Gabrielle Scott and Chloé Noble. Having them and having a great support system for ARC has shown me how I want my art to be and what I want to say with it.
I am also eternally grateful for all the teachers at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York and Theatre on the Embankment in Moscow for sharing their knowledge of life and artistry so that now I can create freely, be inspired and inspire others. Everyone who I ever crossed paths with has given me something I still cherish, has made me the person I am today – and for that, I’m thankful!

Website: nataliaminasian.com

Instagram: @nat.minasian and @resonance.artistique

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdxgXLIebgXan5Rmos0GKrw – Artistic Resonance Collective

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