Interview with EMILY TOSTA | Our Minds are Very Powerful

All our dreams begin with an idea born inside of us. We may get inspired by seeing something we want to become and experience, or through what might seem to be an unpleasant event, we clarify that which we desire to manifest. In either case, by focusing on things that work for us, and being consistent in leading our way towards believing in the possibility of our dreams to become true, we will always see the sings along the way to accomplish them. Trusting and having faith that the Universe has our back, we tap into the knowing that whatever we desire already exists vibrationally. In that state, we will experience a more unconditional existence full of joy, love, and happiness. Our biggest wanting behind all the things we desire to manifest is to feel good, hence embracing any positive emotion will bring us to that state of being we aim for. 

Actress Emily Tosta, who can be seen as Lucia Acosta on Freeform’s highly anticipated series Party of Five, says: “Our minds are very powerful. I will always believe that we can manifest our dreams into reality. Having a clear vision or goal and working towards it is important. Have faith in the process and know that it is already yours.”

In this uplifting interview with Emily, you will discover her inspiration behind her journey as an actress, her new role as Lucia Acosta on Party of Five, as well as her insights about manifesting dreams. 


Photography Jessielyn Palumbo | Hair Patrick Dorsainville | Makeup Artist Ana Acevedo | Stylist Lunden Olin

INTRODUCTION

  • Please introduce yourself briefly. Who, in your own words, is Emily Tosta? 

I would say I’m a free-spirited dreamer that is always reaching for more while trying to leave the world a little better than the way I found it through my passions: art and activism. 

  • As we accomplish more, we also reach for more. Do you remember a moment in your life in which you first felt like I made it? How do you embrace your innate path of expansion to continually manifest your dreams? 

Honestly, being on set every day, being able to have a platform and a voice to speak out for the things I believe in and stand for, working with and being around people I’ve admired forever, being able to help my family, these are just a few of the things that have me constantly pinching myself because I get to live the life I have dreamed of since I was a little girl. I am a firm believer that we create our own realities. Through hard work, kindness, determination, visualization, gratitude, and positivity I continue to manifest my dreams. 

 

ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY

  • The entertainment industry, like any other professional field, is considered very competitive; there are talented performers who thrive and others who do not. In your own experience, how does faith in yourself sync with your beliefs to shape the likelihood of success? 

Having faith in yourself is one of the biggest keys to success. If you don’t believe in yourself, others won’t believe in you either. In an industry where I was constantly being criticized for my accent, my body, my roots, I finally found a way to put my fears and insecurities aside. I learned to embrace my authenticity, to love, value, and respect myself. Staying true to who I am, no matter what, changed my life. Maintaining that perspective gives me strength and helps me thrive, and therefore I don’t feel there’s any competition. The universe will always align the right things in my path.  

  • As an actor, you have the opportunity of putting yourself in someone else’s shoes. How does playing to be another human being affects your sense of compassion? 

This is actually one of my favorite things about acting; being able to live life through someone else’s eyes. Experiencing circumstances from someone else’s point of view gives you a sense of understanding and perspective. At the end of the day, not just in acting but in real life, the best way to comprehend and connect with others is by putting yourself in their shoes.  

Photography Jessielyn Palumbo | Hair Patrick Dorsainville | Makeup Artist Ana Acevedo | Stylist Lunden Olin

ACTING

  • On Freeform’s highly anticipated series Party of Five reboot, which will premiere January 8th, 2020 you play Lucia Acosta, the second-oldest sibling of five children whos’ parents, Javier (Bruno Bichir) and Gloria Acosta (Fernanda Urrejola) are deported to Mexico. How would you describe your emotional journey during the process of becoming Lucia? 

Becoming Lucia Acosta has been such a beautiful process for me. I am constantly learning new things about her every day; through every decision she makes. She grows into this strong justice warrior that is learning how to embrace her truth in the midst of the traumatic events happening in her life. I am looking forward to the audience going on this journey with her! 

  • What role does Lucia now play within the family when she and her siblings have to take care of themselves? 

Lucia is actually going through an inner battle of not wanting to become a mother or caretaker to her younger siblings. She is very afraid of stepping into this parental role.  

  • Have you learned anything about yourself while playing Lucia Acosta? 

I have actually learned a lot about immigration and as Lucia’s passion for helping others in her same situation became stronger, mine did too. 

  • How do you think a show like Party of Five can bring awareness to embrace a positive conversation with the audience? 

My dream has always been to be involved in projects that have depth and importance to them. I am very blessed that Party of Five gets to talk about such important topics like immigration, family strength, self-discovery, unity and more. As long as we get to shine a light on these stories and situations to give people perspective, we are doing our part as entertainers. 

  • You are also starring as Leticia Cruz on FX’s Mayans MC. How has your character evolved so far? 

Leticia was raised on the streets and was exposed to things that no 16-year-old should be exposed to, which led her to grow up very fast. She felt very alone and misunderstood, she didn’t have anyone until her father, Coco (Richard Cabral) started becoming more involved in her life. She then started growing more into herself and learning that maybe the whole world isn’t against her. She is still a big trouble maker, nonetheless haha, it’s like imprinted on her.  I’m excited to see what the writers have in store for season 3! 

Photography Jessielyn Palumbo | Hair Patrick Dorsainville | Makeup Artist Ana Acevedo | Stylist Lunden Olin

GOOD SOUL 

  • Are you involved with any other charity organization or humanitarian cause you would like to mention? 

Some of the charities I support and adore are: Feeding America, Thirst Project, UNICEF. My mom and I also have our own charity called Karttos International where we help the people of Venezuela. 

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?

 My mom has always taught me to walk through life with joy and kindness. When you are vibrating in a frequency of love and happiness, that is what the universe will give back to you. Everything in your life is a direct portrayal of how you feel, think and speak. 

  • 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? 

Our minds are very powerful. I will always believe that we can manifest our dreams into reality. Having a clear vision or goal and working towards it is important. Have faith in the process and know that it is already yours.


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Photography Jessielyn Palumbo | Hair Patrick Dorsainville | Makeup Artist Ana Acevedo | Stylist Lunden Olin