I’ve been an actress since I graduated from NYU Tisch School of the arts in 2006. I hit my stride Off Broadway and then took to the road singing at venues like Jazz at Lincoln Center, Town Hall NYC and theaters around the world. Then in 2013, I started doing lots of commercial voiceovers and booked my first big national campaign for The Nook. I took my earnings and invested it in making my own films. Making my own work provided me with an outlet to express myself on my own terms. Right now, I’m enjoying a festival run of my directorial debut film OMA, just as I’m embracing new motherhood.
I’ve been with my husband Dan for almost 11 years. Five months ago, we welcomed our son Ness into the world and our lives will never be the same.
Not taking no for an answer. Persistence has always served me well in my career, but it’s not always intuitive for me. Actors get told “no” several times a day, so I had to learn very early on that if I’m going to survive show biz, I’d have to grow a thicker skin.
Motherhood has cracked my heart open, which for an actor is a very good thing. I’ve never felt more empathic or connected than I do now. On a practical level, though, I haven’t been as available for events or travel (though I’d really like to work on that!) and I have limited (though potent) time for the hustle.
Meditate. It’s the easiest, sure-fire way to get in touch with your good ideas.
Take YOUR time. Two days postpartum and back to work? Cool! Five, 10, 15 years pressing pause on work outside the home? Rock on. YOUR time. YOUR life. No one else’s.
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Daniella Rabbani is an actress/ filmmaker based in NYC where she lives with her dreamboat of a husband, five-month-old baby superstar Ness and a pooch named Bernardo. Her film OMA, based on her experience as third generation Holocaust survivor, is currently on the festival circuit. You can find Daniella on your TV, Instagram, and at a meditation retreat near you.
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