Interview with NATALIE SHARP | Carving Our Own Path

With every thought we think, we are projecting and pre-paving the way we will experience our life. We often tend to look outside ourselves focusing on things we can’t control, instead of taking the responsibility of how we decide to react. How empowering is to know that the life we want to live is in our own hands. Life is the greatest gift where thanks to circumstances and events we can define what is what we want; it’s the birth of new desires, it’s our natural evolution. What if we would completely trust that the universe will inspire us to the next steps towards the manifestation of our dreams, and the only thing we have to do is to have fun and enjoy the process?!

Actress, singer and songwriter Natalie Sharp, who can be seen as Anna on BH90210 says: “We are all so capable of carving our own path and creating the life we want for ourselves, most times we are just in our own way. So be bold, spontaneous, adventurous and brave, but most importantly have so so much fun!”

In this inspiring interview with Natalie, you will discover her focus on enjoying life in its fullest, and how this reflects in everything she does.


INTRODUCTION

  • Please introduce yourself briefly. Who, in your own words, is Natalie Sharp?

  I am an actress, singer/songwriter, and a total goofball from Vancouver, Canada. 

 ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY 

  • The entertainment industry, like many others, is considered to be very competitive. How do you step out of comparing yourself to others when you want to reconnect, if ever,  to your unique way of creative expression?  

 The industry can be extremely overwhelming and it is only natural to feel the pressure. When it comes to comparing myself, I return to the thought that we are all on our own individual journey; yes in acting, but also in LIFE. Letting your career define who you are can lead to a lot of anxiety, and I try to stay away from that mindset. Balance is probably the best advice I could give! Living fully in other aspects of my life has helped me stay grounded. Journalling, going on a run, hanging with friends, playing or writing music, or even sitting at the beach and watching the sunset are things I love to do to de-stress and get inspired!

Photography by Ashley Ross

ACTING

  • On BH90210, the revival of the popular series 90210 which premiered on August 7, 2019, on FOX, you play Anna – a TV writer who is introduced to the cast. How did you connect to Anna’s essence?

 I bring myself to each character I play. I put myself in their shoes, so really, each character is a certain version of myself. Anna and I have a lot of similarities! We are both witty, confident and sarcastic. She does take herself a little more seriously than I do, and loves to challenge the norm!  She is someone I can relate to as a young successful woman, navigating her way through a pretty cut-throat, male-dominated industry. I understand the insecurities that arise in her circumstance. Anna makes me feel incredibly empowered and brave. I love her fire, and it’s definitely inspired me to show a little bit more of mine! 

  • BH90210 follows the original cast of the reality TV show 90210 playing exaggerated versions of themselves in a fun and sarcastic way. Your character, Anna, is one of the new additions to the show. How would you describe Anna’s role within the storyline and the dynamics between her and the original cast of 90210?

 Anna is young enough that she did not watch the original 90210, which puts her and me in the same position;  we are not fans from that generation; so the relationship with the other actors remains very professional. She has a lot of responsibility being the writer, and works with the cast closely… sometimes a little too close *hint hint. She has all of the power, but none of it at the same time! Oh, the joys of being a writer! 

  • The concept for BH90210 is unique, as it transforms a reality TV show into a scripted show and pokes fun at the original 90210 and its characters. Do you think there is also an empowering message to the audience behind the way the original cast is presented? If so, please elaborate.

I love that it gives a little bit of insight into their lives as actors. I think this is them gaining their power back. With a show like 90210, one that is so iconic, it can be hard to see the actors as anyone else but their characters. Seeing them as real people, understanding their side to the story, and witnessing them fight for a show that they all greatly loved… is something truly special.

  • You recently starred in the musical comedy Hit the Road as the lead singer. How was the experience of working on a musical different from working on TV, and how both disciplines enhance each other?

 This show satisfied my three loves:  Comedy, Acting, and Singing! Coming from a musical theatre background, and having the dream of being a rockstar, this was definitely my dream show to work on. I felt like I could fully show up because I was able to offer so much more than acting. Sometimes when you book an acting gig, you think about all of the people who could have also done the role, but with Hit The Road, I felt like it was mine – a perfect fit. 

  • As an actor, you step into the shoes of many different characters. Have any of the characters you have played influenced your personal growth and sense of self?

 Acting is a wonderful craft, because the more you do it, the more you learn about yourself. With each character, I get to explore and discover more and more about myself, and it is really cool. Stepping into other people’s shoes and being able to witness how they view the world is something incredibly special. So yes, every character I play, and every story I tell reveals a lesson, and I carry that with me.

Photography by Ashley Ross

 LIFE 

  • You recently received a BA in drama and business from Loyola Marymount University. What inspired you to continue your formal education and what did you gain from the experience?

 I was that kid who always loved school. I KNOW! Huh? I always knew I wanted to go to University; to be able to pursue acting in an academic environment was definitely something I wanted to experience. I am also probably the most FOMO (Fear of Missing out) person you will ever meet. I want to live a full life, and acting is a huge part of that, but it is not everything. I wanted to be in a sorority, I wanted to have professors to challenge and mentor me, I wanted to take a philosophy class, I wanted diverse friends, and I want to experience the milestone moments! Graduating was a huge one for me. 

 CLOSE UP 

  • The spirit of The Hedonist Magazine is The Essence of a Joyful Living. How does Joy during the creative process affect your own experience and in consequence the final manifestation of your actions?

I am a total extrovert, so I always have the most fun when I get to creatively collaborate with equally inspired people! I have learned that when I am fearless, I have the most fun, and it is usually the work I am the most proud of. 

  • When you hear: “You can be, do and have anything you want,” words from the Abraham-Hicks teachings, what is your take on such a statement?

 My friend from college once said to me, “Natalie, don’t be afraid to be great.” And I think that is the key to it all. We are all so capable of carving our own path and creating the life we want for ourselves, most times we are just in our own way. So be bold, spontaneous, adventurous and brave, but most importantly have so so much fun! Surround yourself with people who excite you about life, and inspire you to be the best version of yourself. You can achieve anything if you work for it.


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