Interview with actress, model and voice over Diana Riley

Interview with actress, model and voice over Diana Riley

Di Vito “Nik H.”Nicoletti
What was your dream since when you were a kid? …What would you like to do?
When I was younger, the first thing I distinctly remember wanting to be was a singer. In middle/high school, I began writing fan fiction, and I was set on being a writer until I discovered acting.
Can you tell us a little about yourself?…Who is Diana Riley?
I’m an actress and model currently based in Atlanta, GA. I’m an adventurer, a pole dancer (I’m not very good, don’t judge me, haha), and a Harry Potter nerd.
Diana is actress,model, voiceover …all aspects of the same heart?
Easily. Voiceover is voice acting, which is first and foremost acting. Modeling stemmed from acting for me, originally because I needed headshots and then just playing around after. Acting is so heavily contingent on your look that it’s not uncommon for there to be crossover. And acting is my passion. ❤️
Diana actress:  is acting a therapy?
For me it is. Emotional blocks are very useful for me in my personal life, but sometimes mean I don’t work through things as much as I should. Acting forces it to the surface. It’s also incredibly helpful in developing empathy and new perspectives. I had an experience just last month where I was getting into a character’s head, working through her thought processes, and was shocked when I suddenly connected it to something that had happened in my own life. It can help you see yourself and other people better.
About job proposals, what’s the one you’d absolutely refuse, and the one you’d like to receive but you still haven’t?
I always refuse roles that require nudity. I haven’t received any major network studio roles yet, so that would be fun to do eventually.
Diana model:  …what’s the best and worst aspect of this job?
The best part is when you do a shoot that you feel confident in. I would encourage everyone, women especially, to indulge in a photoshoot sometime. And whatever you feel sexy in, shoot in that. Full face of makeup or no makeup; business professional attire or in the nude; at a waterfall or in your living room – do a photoshoot where you get some photos back that inspire you to love yourself even more. Self-love can be so difficult, but when you see great photos of yourself, it’s wonderfully empowering. The worst aspect is easily the pressure to be “perfect.” I’m not. I do not have a flawless physique, and especially when I see how photographers sometimes edit the photos, it can be an unintentional jab at my flaws. Plus there will always be people who will tell you XYZ looks bad. I have to remind myself that it’s okay to be imperfect. Everyone is; magazine covers are fictitious. I’m healthy and happy, and that’s enough.
What are your best satisfactions you had in your life and career?
In my life, I’m proud of who I’ve become. I’m far from perfect, but I’m a passionate person who loves wholeheartedly and consistently tries to do the right thing. I fought hard to become the woman I am. In my career, I’m proud of the steps I’ve taken to move myself in the best direction for me. I left a long-term relationship to pursue acting, still one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever made. I left Orlando – home for me – to move to a city where I knew virtually no one, but Atlanta has a stronger entertainment industry. I’ve sacrificed a lot to be where I am, and I’m not done fighting, but I’m proud of how far I’ve come.
Do you really believe in what you do?…Do you really do what you believe in?
I do believe in what I do. I doubt myself sometimes, I think everyone does, but I’ll push myself to take on challenges. If it scares me, that’s usually how I know I need to do it. I do what I believe in as far as personal morals. I’m not perfect, but I like to think I have a fairly good moral compass to guide me. #ThankYouMom
What life has taken away from yourself and what has it added up to now?…And in your work?
Life has taken away family, friends, various securities at different points. It’s given me family that wasn’t blood and friends I admire and respect. In my work, it’s come in the form of various opportunities and always learning. I’ve met some incredible people and had some amazing experiences on set. It’s taught me the professional practices that I now execute.
What can a dream be useful for? Have you got many?
Dreams are inspirational. Maybe not everyone is like me, but I need goals to thrive. Dreams can motivate you to not only get out of bed in the morning, but to be productive with your day. To fight to achieve your dreams. My dreams are mostly relegated to my acting, but I do have other goals in terms of my hobbies, my pole dancing, the relationships I keep.
What’s happiness for Diana?
Happiness is fulfilling goals. It’s sharing my life with others, it’s inspiring people, it’s ensuring my people feel loved and appreciated. It’s being loved and appreciated myself. The people in my life have always been the most important to me, so as long as I have amazing support at my side, I’m capable of weathering the storms.
What are your projects for the future?
I have several photoshoots lined up. The acting gigs tend to pop up at the last minute; you audition 100 times, and then find out a week before that you need to be on set and scramble to clear your schedule for it. It’s chaotic, it’s messy, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. ❤️

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