"There are many paths to follow. Follow your own."
Diane Chernansky is an international actress and comic currently based in Los Angeles. It was my joy to work with her (entirely remote) to create the new DianeChernansky.com. As you'll soon see, this woman is incredibly talented, traveled, funny, wise and beautiful!
Why did you become an Actor? Comic?
I became an actor because I always loved stories. I loved hearing my mom read them to us, then I loved reading them and writing them myself, and then I loved being in them.
Comedy is more recent. I became a comic because I kept imagining myself up at the mic in front of people, making them laugh. After a while I said, maybe I should try this thing?
When I realized the idea scared me, I said, I should definitely try this thing!
What are you currently working on or towards?
I’m always working on being a better actor.
I’m working towards being on more smart shows with smart people! I love the originality of HBO and Netflix, and I enjoy shows with political intrigue.
I’m waiting for that film or TV show with an international flair that needs a white girl who speaks Japanese.
If you could offer advice to your younger self (and/or young aspiring artists), what would it be?
Do whatever you want! Seriously, no one else really cares. And do it your way. There are many paths to follow. Follow your own.
Who’ve been some of the mentors/teachers instrumental to your success?
Jim Brick and Gene Frankel in New York and Aaron Speiser and Anthony Gilardi in LA have been my teachers, mentors, and champions.
I could not forget James Dodding, who came over from London every spring semester to teach acting and Shakespeare at Wake Forest University. He instilled a love of learning—not just about acting, but about life.
What do you love about the digital age we live in?
Many things are easier and handier than they have ever been. We are living in the future! Having lived in different parts of the world, I love that I can easily be in touch with friends from all over.
What do you hate about the digital age we live in?
The sensory overload and overwhelm. Do you need 18 different ways to get in touch with me? No. Plus, for all the ease of communication, it doesn’t necessarily bring us any closer as human beings.
What do you think makes a great website?
A clear sense of the person, product, or service the site is about. Ease of navigation. Manageable information, not sensory overload.
Why did you choose to work with me?
I thought some of the other sites you created kicked ass! I also felt that with your expertise you would come up with ideas that I wouldn’t think to think of. I was right.
How would you describe the process/experience?
Delightful! You were very clear in what you offered, how the process would go, and what you needed from me. You answered all questions along the way and were fun to work with! I felt that you had my back.
What responses or results have you received?
My manager really likes it! I’ve gotten great feedback from those who have checked it out. Some people found it impressive. It was not my goal to impress but I’m still glad they were impressed! The site has been live for less than a week so it remains to be seen what career-related results I receive.
What's your favorite social network? Why?
I like Facebook. I’m wordy. I like telling stories. Even as a comic, I’m not a one-liner kind of gal. I feel very limited by 140 characters. And I just don’t take pictures often enough to be one of the cool kids on Instagram. Facebook suits my mood at the time, so I can be short or long, include photos or not.
What's your favorite place in Los Angeles? New York? Why?
I think the Hollywood Hills are amazing, in places where you can run or hike and you can see the city, but it feels remote where you are and you can’t hear a sound.
I lived in New York for 7 years so I think I love any street in Manhattan where I turn down the block and realize, I’ve never actually walked down this particular block. "Look at this block! This is great!"
What's your favorite quote?
I don't remember if this was said by a noteworthy runner or a random reader of Runner's World magazine. Still, I love how it applies equally to life as it does to running.
Any last bit of advice (or perhaps an invitation) you’d like to share?
Travel. See the world if you can. You will be a better person for it.
And of course, support the arts!!
Tony Howell is a digital strategist dedicated to helping you design your future—creating offline success from your online presence.