Ana Skaf, a talented actress with a background in marketing and a postgraduate degree in psychoanalysis, is celebrating a new phase in her career. Just like her character Bianca, she is pregnant and claims that she is experiencing the best moment of her professional career. With an impressive resume, the young actress has accumulated more than 10 jobs in advertising, 12 theatrical shows and participation in the series “Reis” on Rede Record. His debut on the Globoplay platform will take place in a series directed by Maria Flor.
In addition to her acting talent, Ana Skaf brings with her a diverse academic background. With her degree in marketing and a postgraduate degree in psychoanalysis, she brings a unique, multidisciplinary perspective to her work. This combination of skills has contributed to his success in the art scene.
Throughout her career, Ana Skaf won important roles and captivated the public with her versatility. With more than 10 participations in advertising campaigns, she has demonstrated her ability to adapt to different projects and characters. In addition, her experience on stage is remarkable, with participation in 12 theatrical shows that demonstrate her talent and dedication to the art of acting.
The actress also had the opportunity to join the cast of Rede Record’s series “Reis”, demonstrating her versatility on television screens. Now, Ana Skaf is ready to win over audiences on the Globoplay streaming platform, where she will make her debut in a series directed by Maria Flor. This new opportunity promises to be another milestone in his rising career.
With her infectious energy and ability to play characters in an engaging way, Ana Skaf continues to stand out in the art scene. Her passion for acting, combined with her knowledge in marketing and psychoanalysis, makes her a complete artist and prepared to face new challenges.
Ana, you have a diverse background, being an actress, graduated in marketing and with a postgraduate degree in psychoanalysis. How does this combination of knowledge influence your approach to acting?
For an actor, the more he knows about different subjects, the richer his work will be, because it will be easier for him to understand people. It is interesting to explore creativity with advertising. Many times we need to think about how to bring out the best in someone, and that’s how I end up learning from philosophy to sustainability. And the post, I decided to do it not to serve in offices, but because I believe it also has to do with acting. The more I understand about human psychology, the closer I believe I am to facing a character.
Since you were a child, you had a connection with the world of arts by dressing and imitating your Arab aunts. How did these childhood experiences spark your interest in acting?
I believe the interest was already there, although I didn’t know yet that it was already an acting experiment. Luckily, my parents noticed and encouraged me to start classes so that I could develop as an actress.
You mentioned that actor training never ends and the importance of studying daily. What are your main sources of inspiration and how do you keep up to date in the field of interpretation?
I am inspired by different artists. I watch movies from Kurosawa to Bergman. Of the actors that captivate me, I can mention names like Meryl Streep, Al Pacino, Marjorie Estiano, Matheus Nastergale, Marion Cotillard and Juliette Binoche, but if I continue, the list is endless. I keep myself updated always reading books about cinema, watching movies and practicing a lot in class, every week I study a new monologue.
In addition to acting, you also earned a degree in advertising. How does this area contribute to the exploration of your creativity and how does it relate to your acting career?
In the old days, people said that you could only do one thing, otherwise you wouldn’t do anything well. As for me, I believe that in current times, it is important for you to be open to learning more and more. This only feeds you creatively, and provides discoveries on various subjects. In advertising college I learned a lot about market analysis, to understand this, you need to know the needs of people who consume a product or service, so you end up listening to and observing many different people, this adds a lot to the construction of characters. I also learned to write projects and essays, with well-defined objectives, which gave me knowledge to develop projects for public notices.
You mentioned that you did a postgraduate degree in psychoanalysis, not to work with people in offices, but because you believe it has something to do with acting. How does understanding human psychology influence your approach to building characters?
When you understand more about human psychology, you naturally become more empathetic with the various possibilities of identity, this makes you more open to accepting and understanding the negative sides of your personality. It makes us stop judging the character as well and understand his reasons for acting the way he does, so you can achieve a greater connection and begin to identify with the person you will play.
You stated that you worked a lot in the period before and during your pregnancy, receiving invitations to publicity and being chosen for a series in which your character is also pregnant. What was it like reconciling motherhood with your career and how did this experience influence your work?
It was great to have this pregnant experience because I felt well accompanied by my son and I always thought that he would also have a record of the pregnancy, seeing the work that I was doing. I realized that pregnant, I gained greater confidence to carry out the work, I believe that motherhood can give a woman strength, an extra gas, as if you were capable of much more than you imagined.
About the series in which you play a pregnant character, how was the experience of acting during pregnancy? What was the care and support offered on the film set?
As my pregnancy was very peaceful, I was able to do the work without major worries. I was just always on top of keeping myself well fed and hydrated the entire time I was on set. On all the productions people were very helpful in supporting me in that regard, so it was easy.
You mentioned two upcoming projects, a mini documentary and a performance. Can you tell us a little more about these projects and what motivated them?
The mini doc is about a piece that a good friend left for me and one of my best friends before she passed away. We decided to honor the gift she gave us. The other is a performance that works with the expansion/retraction of the body, an idea I had to approach a more physical language.
You spoke about the importance of artists not only relying on auditions and auditions, but also producing their own material. How do you see the role of entrepreneurship in the artistic field and what are your plans in this area?
I believe that we artists don’t need to rely on just being accepted to auditions all the time. Because it ends up becoming a prison, only doing jobs when we pass a test. A great production company once said: “The actor must produce his materials to be confident and not arrive at the audition thinking that passing there is a matter of life or death. Because fear ends up blocking the actor’s genuine impulse.” When we have an inspiration for a work, we must let the idea flow and fight to carry it out. The result is very gratifying. Right now I finished a script and I intend to record it soon. The team is already formed, and I will work alongside artists that I admire a lot.
In the series “Kings”, you played a sorceress who is expelled from the city. How do you connect with characters who have characteristics that are so different from your reality and how do you prepare yourself to meet audience expectations by playing familiar characters?
Although they are different times, I always try to understand where, in my reality, I find myself in that same situation, in order to be able to approach the character. In addition, it is also important to situate yourself historically, in the case of “Kings”, they seek a similarity with the events described in the Bible. Naturally, when you have to interpret something already written, you need to meet the expectations of those who have already read the work as well.
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