The Heroine’s Journey of Natalia Minasian

What is the best thing that I love about my work?

I get to connect with people on a deeper level. As an actress, especially in interactive physical theatre, I always try to sense the energy of the audience, make eye contact, make them feel something, tell a story in a way that touches them deeply and helps us be in unison rather than me performing and them watching in a detached way. As a coach and facilitator, I get to see the parts of people’s personalities that they would normally hide from others. Building the trust and creating a safe space for them to explore who they are and what they need is something I cherish a lot about this work.

Photo credits: Dantin Crenshaw

What is my idea of happiness?

Happiness is a sensation, a state of mind, and it’s up to us to find it, feel it, live it. Even through pain and struggles, one can always find happiness in finer details, know that happiness is always available to them if they allow it. It can be hard, but it’s there. I live by this notion and always make a conscious choice to look for happiness even when life gets hard. So there’s no exact image of happiness for me but rather a sensation of inner peace and acceptance.

What is my greatest fear?

Losing the ones I love and wasting life.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?

I don’t tend to judge anything in me unless it impacts the quality of my life or relationships. Though if I had to pick one, it would be the need to compare my work with others. I know better now, but still have some self-doubt creeping in from time to time.

Which living persons in my profession do I most admire?

I love Frances McDormand and her approach to the work. I really admire anyone in my fields who works hard, stays authentic and strives to inspire and support others.

What is my greatest extravagance?

I don’t think I have any… now that’s something to think about!

On what occasion would I lie?

In a life or death situation or when I’ve run out of ways to communicate my boundaries to someone.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?

The constant struggle to get seen, to prove my worth, and also the disrespect that comes from a lot of industry professionals.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work?

As an actor, it’s literally every time I go up on stage. As a coach, I remember finishing a group course and seeing so much growth in everyone – that was such a gift!

If I could, what would I change about myself?

Have a little less doubt in me and more belief in my goodness.

What is my greatest achievement in work?

Getting to where I am professionally, having worked with the people I have worked with and knowing there’s so much more to explore. Also, writing and filming a very personal short film and seeing it selected for international festivals.

Where would I most like to live?

I want to be in New York or another vibrant, creative city now. Later in life, I can see myself moving to Europe or Canada for a more peaceful, slow-paced life.

What is my most treasured possession?

I try not to treasure something material so much, just because it can get lost or broken at any moment. However, I cherish every thoughtful gift from my family and friends.

What is my most marked characteristic?

I am very supportive and open-minded.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city?

I love the city center of Moscow, the part where there are few people and old yet beautiful buildings. If we’re talking about New York, then any quiet place by the water.

What is my favorite place to eat and drink, in my city?

Up-and-coming little cafes off the main streets in the city center.

What books influenced my life and how?

I read a lot of books on coaching and mindfulness, and they help me widen my perspective a lot and clarify a lot of things in life. Every book – fiction, non-fiction or a play – has influenced me in its own way.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?

Elegie in E-flat Minor by Sergei Rachmaninoff.

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?

The first fictional heroine (and not a historical figure) that comes to mind is Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games. I know that there are a lot of inspiring women overcoming adversities in fiction, but I guess, she is the one I felt the most connected to as a young woman.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?

My mother is always my number one real-life heroine. All the people, who devoted their life to helping others in a kind, open and meaningful way are truly my heroes.

Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime?

STALKER by Andrei Tarkovsky.

What role play stories in my life and work?

Stories are everything for actors, we are called storytellers for a reason. Telling the stories that need to be heard, that can heal and inspire people is what drives me in my life and career.

What do the words ‘You are the storyteller of your own life’ to me?

Whatever I envision for myself can come true if I follow my path fearlessly and with an open heart and mind.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?

My mom, again, and all of my family and close friends always cheer me on. My partners in crime are definitely my creative sisters – Chloé Noble and Gabrielle Scott. Back in 2020, we created an artistic union called Artistic Resonance Collective and did so much great work together. They are a huge support system, and I hope that we get to be in the same country again very soon.

Which people or companies would I like to work with in 2023?

I would love to work again with Barbara Rubin, Fay Simpson and LeeAnne Hutchinson. Also, it would be amazing to do a show at The Public Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, Atlantic Theatre Company or become a part of Krymov Lab NYC. As for my movement/coaching career, I would want to connect with Movement Research and The Watermill Center.

What project, in 2023, am I looking forward to working on?

I’m looking forward to restarting my acting career in the U.S. and diving deeper into movement and embodiment with the practitioners there. No projects in particular, but I am so ready to be moving, acting and creating!

Where can you see me or my work in 2023?

I am in a transitional period professionally after finishing all of my long-term projects, so stay tuned for more updates on my social media.

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?

Passion is the driving force to make a difference in a field you’re good at and get where you want to be without strain, but with a heart full of love and fire.

Which creative professionals should Peter invite to tell their story?

Alexandra Suslina – https://instagram.com/sashasuslina_

Thijs Hogenboom – https://instagram.com/thijshogenboom

How can you contact me?

Send me a message on Instagram https://instagram.com/nat.minasian or email me at minasian.natalia@gmail.com.

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