The Heroine’s Journey of Anna Vernov

What is the best thing that I love about my work?In my work, I love two things the most – soul and diplomacy. You may be asking how is it?I have two polar working states, when I am an artist and when I am a leader. The emotions and soul that I put in, standing on stage, in a recording studio or on a film set, give me the opportunity to expose my soul and share a “piece” with listeners and viewers and enjoy giving out fleeting energy. As a leader, and I am the president of the association CASIdAF”CENTER FOR ADAPTATION, SOCIALIZATION AND INTEGRATION OF ARTISTS IN FRANCE” and the chairman of the “Representation of the Union of Eurasian Composers in France” BRUSEF, is an opportunity to use my intellect and improve diplomatic skills, taking into account the fact that my work requires international negotiations with representatives of different cultures and religions . All this is very cool – to study the world and life with its laws of nature and the creations of man himself, and I just adore it.

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What is my idea of happiness?As the great Albert Einstein said, “Everything is relative”, probably happiness for me is relative. I went through years of a successful career that led me to new horizons and opened them – discovery is happiness! I went through years of a happy life together with a loved one – this is happiness. I gave birth to a wonderful son and became a mother and this is also happiness. I write new music and release it to the world, help other talents develop and give me satisfaction. Probably, if globally speaking, then to live is happiness.

What is my greatest fear?I really don’t like this feeling and this word – fear. Of course, from childhood we were all taught a lot of things that should not be done, and this gave rise to many fears in us. In my diploma and in my professorial practice there is a whole section on psychology, mostly for artists, but not only. I always work through all our fears with my team and I can say that it seems to me that we do not even know ourselves what our biggest fear is. I can only say one thing for myself, I was afraid of a lot, but I found a way to overcome fears, the only thing that always leaves me without inner peace is fear for my child, but all mothers have always had, are and always will be – this is nature. Otherwise, I like to overcome my fears.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?As my spiritual mentor – the Master of Aikido of the Spirit – the man who made many stars and politicians in France, Russia and around the world, the uncle of one very famous singer and the person who helps many people – the Great Alan Banon, says, – “Any negative event can be see positively”, based on his words, any of my negative traits for some – others see it positively. I often analyze my behavior from the outside, to be frank with you, I will not hide, yes, I love making love, I love good wine and politic. But, if you directly answer your question, then sometimes my modesty in everyday situations annoys me.

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Which living persons in my profession do i most admire?I admire the great actresses Sophia Loren and Catherine Deneuve, but, unfortunately, I have never seen Sophia Loren, but the magnificent Catherine Deneuve was for some time a neighbor in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, in her 70s, riding a motorcycle, she is just a bomb, not a woman. 

I really love the modern innovative composer Alfred Schnittke, it’s sad that he left the world a little over 20 years ago, now I can’t give preference to someone special, given that I am the President of the “Representation of the Union of Eurasian Composers in France”. Among the singers I admire many, but my favorite in the Latin market is Maikel Mikki, with whom we were lucky enough to work on the Cote d’Azur of France. There are no bright representatives in my neoclassical style yet, but I just adore Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli. Amazing people. Every celebrity is amazing in their context. 

What is my greatest extravagance?Since childhood, I was at odds with generally accepted laws and my father had to do services in the institutions where I studied so that they would perceive me without judgment, I am very grateful to my father, however, now I have the same son and I have to follow in the footsteps of our karma . My brain is able to grab large amounts of information and quickly work with it – this is my first extravagance. I am very fond of a large male part of the population since childhood, which gave rise to insane envy on the part of the female part of the population and because of this, in my youth they simply hated me, but what can I do, I have an insanely smart and sexy mother and my grandmother, whom I was very similar to the first beauty of the city (God bless them)! In general, I am extravagant in that I am not ashamed of myself – neither my mind nor my body.

On what occasion would I lie?I do not know how to lie, neither the family nor the school taught me this. But I learned to tell the truth from the side that no one wants to not find fault with words, thereby avoiding problems. Not to tell – does not mean to lie. Is not it?

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?Sound check. I hate unprofessional equipment and semi-professionals who want to be paid.There are always some hitches on venues, even on the most professional ones, as an innovator, I try to prevent possible problems, sometimes it works, but sometimes there is simply no way to avoid a bad sound, a drunk pianist or a disgruntled client simply because today he “got up the wrong leg”. I understand this in my profession, but so far I have not managed to fall in love with these situations.

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When and where was I the happiest, in my work?I love my job and I have a great background for my 31 years, but oh yes, sometimes there are unforgettable moments. For example: the Cannes Festival in 2012, when everyone was looking at me at the Carlton Hotel, and at the Majestic Hotel I was in the spotlight because of our starry surroundings and my Dior dress – it was exciting and sexy, there were England and Lebanon’s BBC, there were large production centers that I refused to work with and these are also very sweet moments when you choose the best of the best. I will never forget when I performed at the wedding of the nephew of the president of Abkhazia at 20… I won’t say what year (you understand), when an audience of more than one and a half thousand people sat and stood in front of me and I was paid some fabulous money for two songs. It’s cool and profitable.

 I loved working with technology and computer science, and when I gave birth to my son, I set up a home production house for myself, where I continued to write music myself and I will never forget how many famous and powerful people visited us to merge with us in creative ecstasy. All music and clips, interviews and films are available on the Internet, you just need to type me on Google and enjoy what so delights not only the chosen listeners who choose me, but also a real pleasure for me.

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If I could, what would I change about myself?I am constantly changing something in myself, I don’t know if it’s good or bad, but it allows me to grow professionally and move forward personally. The last thing I changed in myself was that I accepted my divorce as just a new stage in my life, and not as before, I thought that it would be the end of the world.

What is my greatest achievement in work?I am the president of two non-profit organizations that help people with complex creative professions and soul structures. I am a member of the Union of Composers and Authors of France and Russia, as well as the Union of Actors and the Union of Producers of France. We are gaining professional weight quite quickly with my team and I believe that working with the Ministries of Culture of different countries is a very difficult, but very important diplomatic mission, which I, as a leader, can carry out for the benefit of the cultural heritage of society. I helped disabled and needy children when I was an art director at the diplomatic association 2014-2016, I continue to help through all of the above and most importantly, through my creativity, which has a healing effect, my grandmother taught me this, which I already spoke about above. 

Where would I most like to live?If I had a second life in this life, I would spend it in Cuba. And so, I actually live where I would like to. I spent a long time in Paris and this is my city. I often visit the French Riviera and Monaco, I lived there when I had Covid-19, I often visit Moscow, which I adore and visit Israel – my prehistoric homeland, I have a “little Italian family” and I I can always come to my beloved Milan. Now we have a lot of projects that are dispersed around the world: Florence, Dubai, Sochi, Barcelona, ​​Brussels, Abidjan and many other cities in different countries.

What is my most treasured possession?The most valuable thing is my family. They do not always appreciate my achievements, probably because it is their only right to tell me what no one will tell me, my brother Sergei says so, but they are still the most valuable thing for me. Family is like your health, they must be protected and valued, and career and skills are acquired.

What is my most marked characteristic? My voice. I participated in the show “Voice” without a qualifying round. I have recorded over 500 songs. My voice is my instrument. I was taught to sing like this by my violin, teachers of various categories of academic, jazz and pop schools, I was taught to sing like this by time. I spent 6 hours a day and every day on classes for 4 years. My voice is my most important characteristic.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city?Paris is famous for its sights and charming surroundings and there is a lot to be said about this glorious city, but what is Paris for me and where do I get inspired?! When I want to retire with myself, leaving my apartments (wherever for whatever period I live), first of all I am drawn to the Arc de Triomphe, through the Champs-Elysées to Concorde Square and Tuileries Park, and through the Louvre I go either to the Opéra Garnier, or in the Marais, where you can always meet some celebrity, the last time I met Gaspard Ulliel there, the great French actor, who died so tragically at the beginning of this year that it still hurts to think that he is no more.In the crowd of passers-by, I like to observe new fashion trends and calculate what awaits us next, it is easy for everyone to notice if you just pay attention to it at least once.

What is my favorite place to eat and drink, in my city?I just don’t know how to live without French cuisine and nothing tastes better to me than French salads, pieces of lightly roasted veal or medium rare sea fish with Italian arugula leaves seasoned with spiced olive oil and vinegar. Of course, French champagne and wine, depending on the dish: with meat I like red wines and Bordeaux Medoc or Brouilly, if the summer is hot, and white Chardonnay or Chablis wines are good with fish. On the 

Côte d’Azur people like to drink rosé wines – Côte de Provence is the most popular and it’s really worth it. In general, I am for the theory that you need to eat the dishes of the country in which you are. I am now in St. Petersburg and typing these lines from a restaurant, of course, here I will order a traditional Russian salad under the French name “Olivier” – this is also insanely delicious.

What books influenced my life and how? I love literature in books, in films – this is my buzz. Probably the biggest impression that I carried through myself was Mr. Bulgakov’s classic novel “The Master and Margarita”. Magnificent philosophy through the ordinary life of people from the time of the birth of the Christian religion in parallel with the beginning of the twentieth century through light and darkness. I re-read or review this piece of art every year to reflect my growth in spiritual consciousness.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?Antonio Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, as well as Mozart’s Requiem, are classics. I am also a composer and compose neoclassical music, I already have a collection of the best compositions for 4 hours, but I think that I have not yet written my music that you can listen to before death, I know one thing, it will be in a major, like “Aria” Bach in D major.

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? Achilles, who once conquered Troy, but fell from love. This is the first hero that came to my heart.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?This is my mom for sure. I have always admired my mother, who went through an incredible life, overcoming all difficulties like a warrior, being able to do absolutely everything: from being a boss to repairing an apartment at home, but at the same time remaining feminine and smart, and still in her advanced years she manages to be a member of my association and help me as a secretary. I admire her.

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime?I am an absolute cinephile – more than 3,000 films I have already seen in my 31 years. This is how offhand many titles come to mind, but if you answer this question pointwise, then of course, a film that you can watch endlessly, a film that everyone should see, a film where there is harmony from music to acting, where more than the right script and film that the most beautiful love story is “Dirty Dancing” with Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey 1987 – the heyday of cinema. A must see for everyone.

What role play stories in my life and work?In life, stories for me are lessons and in work – a direct obligation. After all, art is based on stories. Starting from the history of the world from the beginning of its inception to small stories that happen to us every day. Music and cinema are based on experiences of the past very often, but not always the truth, sometimes it is light and a guide from the future. You can’t live only with stories, but sometimes, to distract from reality, stories are a lifeline.

What do the words ‘You are the storyteller of your own life’ to me?They directly answer my essence. The 

storyteller of own life – narrator – writer – autobiographer – poet or composer, in any case – the author. Even if the author does not write about his own history, he still, passing through the prism of his world, soul and mind, is storyteller. 

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?This question shot me straight to the heart. For almost 10 years I have been silent about who my closest and dearest person really is in this life, the one who is my fan, my sponsor, the one with whom you can talk in silence, the one who will always understand and overcome any trials, sent from above. I’m just doing public now the « coming out ». The man who has always been by my side and protected my interests since the beginning of my career in France, the only person who leads me to success and understands the importance of art in my life. He

 has endured my 1st marriage with another man and now this man – my only man has done everything to prove his love and fidelity to me.  I just have to get my thoughts right because it’s more than love and it’s higher than space.  Him? One of the strongest lawyers in Paris and not only in France, but I call him the future Minister of Justice of France or my king or my Natal.  well ….  it so happened, because “the ways of Lord are inscrutable.”I only recently realized the whole truth of this feeling – love.  I have many songs about love but I came to her not without the help of my spiritual mentors, including Alain Banon, who has been accompanying and blessing my deeds, he helped me see the truth in my life and Elena, who helped me get to know myself and overcome my habits.You can do anything only with a person whom you not only know well, you can do everything with someone, whom you feel at a distance and understand without words, you are him, and he is you.  You can go to any lengths only with those whom you admire with your head, feel with your heart and love with your whole body.  I know this feeling and the fact that we are not physically together does not make us non-native . I love this person from the first day of our meeting and I feel his love – so calm, protecting me from all evil.  Together and each of us have gone through a lot of trials over the past 10 years, and I am ready to continue not to rush things, but simply to live, knowing that he is there in the world, in order to one day come across him at the point of “our happiness, harmony and true values, shrouded in respect and love.” 

Which people or companies would I like to work with? I am quite happy with those with whom I already work – I feel myself in my place. But without modesty, I would like to enter the industry of Bernard Arnault, I already know his beautiful lady Natalia Vodianova – a supermodel.  I love watch brands very much and I would be delighted to present a new collection of Vacheron Constantin.  I work with cinema and have already been lucky enough to work at the EuropaCorp film studio and I would like to join their projects again, because thanks to the ANNA (Luc Besson) project, I found my true abbreviation – АИNA.  I really want to learn the intricacies of the exchange market and cooperation with the France-Russia Chamber of Commerce and Industry did not leave me indifferent – I would like to work with GazProm and Total as much as possible.  I am interested in French politics and I respect women like Mathilde Panot and Marine Le Pen. I would love to do a movie with Brad Pitt, no matter how trite it sounds.  With great pleasure I would sing with Andrea Bocelli and fly around the world with concerts on a private jet from Aeroflot. 

What project am I looking forward to work on?In fact, there are 8 projects on the agenda in our industry right now.  The most long-awaited is the opening of a theater with a school at the office and a hotel with a restaurant in St. Petersburg, in the cultural capital of Russia “Vernov Production & AKKA music with CASIdAF” branch establishment. 

Where can you see me or my work?You can hear and see me and my work on the Internet by pressing a button in Google ANNA VERNOV.

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?For me, this identifies only one thing – the passion for art, to which I belong without a trace, never passes, because only passion gives movement to the top and upwards.  If this passion is shared and complemented by a partner who understands this, as, for example, my Natal understands this (which I spoke about above) – the truth is that I can only belong to art, understanding this is the highest matter and vibration, which can only be achieved  a long way – Passion will Never Retires.

Which creative professionals should Peter invite to tell their story? Natalia Arjona – actress, filmmaker (Spain) Alla Roden – Generale Secretaire of CASIdAF association Martineau – musician (France) Gerroi – blogger (France) Shelia  – designer (Georgia) Medvedeva – jurnalist (France-Russia)

Alina Krits – architect (Moscow) 

Evdokia Moskvina – film-director Alina Sankalpas – compositor, producer (Union of Eurasian Composers) Natalia Davidas – director of matrimonial agency (France) or FaceBook 

How can you contact me?You can contact me on the website of our house 🌐

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