Anthoula shares her journey of transforming the grey ash of loss into colorful silk thread, strong enough to mend her wounds, helping her heart grow bigger and more loving. She speaks about how her losses have shaped the person she is now - an actor/writer of her own story, a humanitarian citizen of the world, a person who struggles with issues of trust, yet believes it is vital to give what you can every day - whether a smile, a kind word, even a poop bag! Her story inspires us with her brave commitment to her motto - “My HEART, in all caps, leads the way!”
Meet This Episode's Guest
Anthoula, a true artist at heart, was born and raised in Astoria, Queens and is eagerly pursuing her acting career.
Anthoula has played parts in films such as “Taking Woodstock” (directed by Oscar-winner Ang Lee) and “The Family” (starring Robert Deniro & Michelle Pfeifer, directed by Luc Besson). Anthoula can be seen in the Fall working opposite Jane Fonda in the Netflix film "Our Souls at Night”. Anthoula made her off-Broadway theatre debut in “Murder in The First” (59E59 Theater), and absolutely loves being on stage! She has developed her own one-woman show, called “What Will People Think?” and has her own radio show titled “Color Your Life” on Thursdays @7pm on Hellenic Public Radio Cosmos 91.5FM.
Anthoula is involved in many charitable endeavors. Specifically, she is proud of the JaM Foundation for Life, created in memory of her loving brothers, John and Michael. (www.Jamfoundation.org). She is also a major supporter of the Samaritans in NYC (www.smaritansnyc.org), and was appointed by Mayor Bloomberg to the board of directors of The National September 11th Memorial & Museum (www.911memorial.org).
Anthoula also shared with us her favorite quote by Calvin Coolidge. She says that it keeps her going in all aspects of her life, both personal and professional.
"Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence.
Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.
Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.
Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan 'Press On' has solved andalways will solve the problems of the human race."
For more, please visit www.anthoula.com and follow her on Twitter & Instagram @AnthoulaKats.