AIDA: As a child growing up I had a very active imagination and was drawn to acting as a creative outlet to tell stories.
Why did you choose to be an actor?
AIDA: I choose to become an actor because I felt that I could make it as a career, but more importantly after my education, it was a real passion of mine.
Tell us a bit about the upcoming film you star in?
AIDA: The upcoming film I star in as the female lead, is in the THE CONVICTED. Its an independent film which explores the story of a mafia boss, and his regime, that go through changes and altercations as the tides of power change.
What character do you play?
AIDA: I play the mob boss’s girlfriend in the movie.
Are there challenges actors face which the general public may not by aware of?
AIDA: There are so many challenges, it’s where to start, OMG. From long hours to building a brand on social media, acting is not just acting. It’s building yourself into a brand which means attending events, being seen in the social eye, and putting yourself out there day after day. The business of acting as a profession is a lot more than interpreting the written lines of a script, it’s about building a fan base through social media, being seen and constantly networking for new projects with Directors and Producers.
What motivates you to get up in the morning?
AIDA: Every day above ground is a great day and that’s all the motivation I need to get up in the morning.
Who are some actors/producers/directors that you look up to?
AIDA: I have so many, but when it comes to acting skills, I look up to Cate Blanchett. I think she is a terrific actress, and I also look up to Angelina Jolie, for what she does with her fame. She uses it to advance humanitarian causes where celebrity can perhaps have an impact. As far as Directors/Producers go, of course Martin Scorsese, Ron Howard, Quentin Tarantino and Oliver Stone are some of my favourites…..just to name a few.
How do you prepare for a role?
AIDA: I prepare for a role by first reading the script, getting to know the character through their interaction with the other characters, so that means knowing everyone’s lines. And interpreting the emotions the written words from that interaction. It’s a process, for sure. But acting is really about expressing the emotions penned by the writers and making those emotions come to life through the interaction with others in the plot and subplot. My preparation involves getting into character and becoming that person for the duration of the project.