Name: Adanna (Ah-dahn-nah)
Title: Actress | Entrepreneur | Visionary | Humanitarian | Dabbler | Romantic | Etc.
City you live in: North Scottsdale
A typical day in my life includes… Je suis une citoyenne du monde – therefore, spontaneous departures. Watching Nolly/Bolly/Holly-wood films. Laughing to myself. Brightening another’s day. Making up jokes and scenarios in my head. Daydreaming. Self-reflecting. Praying. Working so much that I don’t have time to work.
Working on my ventures and others’. FaceTime with my sisters. Having my mobile blown up as if from a bill collector by way of family group texts and the like. Cooking (salmon, Chilean sea bass, vegetables, new and creative entrées) – I do not entertain the microwave. Appreciating the day. I absolutely adore running free outside.
Deleting memory on my iPhone to end the “Memory is Full” prompt. Doing chores about my home and redecorating. Lighting candles. Reading or listening to audiobooks – a very typical day.
I was born… a Sagittarius.
My favorite thing about Arizona… is the monsoon season; have you seen such colors in a desert sky? I love the humidity.
I’m listening to… Jim Henson’s The Storyteller. The Age of Sadness by Roy Young or Small Change by Tom Waits.
My family… is an E! Network situation.
If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be… Bruce Wayne.
One thing I cannot live without… my true self.
When I was younger, I wanted to be… a global hero.
I’m inspired by… everything and anything: individualists’, my life experiences, my future, my past, my imagination, and individuals whom embody the words “endurance” and “perseverance” in the face of any hardship and come forward positively elevated – overall the nature of life itself.
The one person who motivates me is… my LORD.
If I could change anything in the world, it would be… the obsolescence of social, religious, and racial injustice. We are one human race. We are on one Earth. We must disregard the inclination of self and others by skin tone and faith – the contrary is quite foreign to me.
The perfect day would be… Serendipity.
My first job was… working for my papa as a Med-Tech. Actually, it was a hot Pizza shop in my neighborhood. I was absolutely saturated in this humongous black shirt and it was quite stuffy. I was new and the XXXL shirt was all they had left. I took phone orders – that is when I discovered that my most prominent insecurity is truly captivating: my voice and the gift I have when engaging strangers.
After that, I went on to Hollister then Abercrombie & Fitch only to become noticed and selected as a model for their holiday season campaigns!
My favorite escape… Friday, 7p, open windows, an indecisive warm breeze, leaves skipping about my sidewalk, and a candlelit home as I lie down and listen to its song.
My life… is deep, comical, romantic, a contradiction, peculiar, and quite unbeknownst.
I’m currently working on… anything and everything. I was blessed with a restless, formidable imagination. When I was 8, I thought I’d become an architect. Atop my red bunk bed, I’d built 3D structures from white paper and tape.
When I was 15, I believed I’d become a high fashion model and I would act dance, and had even made and edited home and public videos with a $20 Walmart camera. At 19, I was in contact with an Application Development Company as I struggled with the App coding to create my own; I signed my first NDA to start development. In 2012, I began taking to the screen – film, theatre, hosting, spokesmodel – I thrive in it. Late 2014, I contacted Henkel as an independent inventor for their Innovation Partnership.
I needed a patent, primarily, so began looking into the USPTO for any conflicts and got in touch with a 3D renderer as I completed and wrote two patents; one other pending. Late 2014 and 2015, I was Miss Desert Hills USA in the Miss Universe Organization. Fast forward, I am reigning as Miss Black Arizona USA in the Miss Black USA Organization – did not see pageants coming. I have a deep sense of business and a deep love for the arts.
At this stage in my life, I am still doing everything I thought I’d do and everything I daydream about, however, more so strictly focusing 93%+ on one venture at a time and following through regardless of any obstacles or temporary success. Whether I must initially work on a venture for free, I’ll do it as my dreams are priceless.
give in the face of fear and betrayal
give in the like of kindness and grace
give to those in need
give to whoever is asking
give – for surely you will always receive a better “you”.
Never… allow the hardships of the world to beat you down and keep you stagnant, thus, rendering you a rotten banana peel.
Favorite Quote… “I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears..in rain. Time..to die.” – Roy Batty, Bladerunner (1982)
Biggest Dream… is my executing reality: remain ever-loving and true to myself and continue to inspire, give courage, and stay focused towards my every goal for humanity to reap its rewards.
My Pet Peeve(s)…
2) Deliberate chaos and disorder
3) Lack of humanity
4) Poor mannerisms
5) Rubbish on a car floor
6) Being boldly touched by strangers
7) Treating a green arrow as a “right on red”
8) Futile thievery of my Adanna-isms
Though, conversely, trends do induce imitation.
As a regarded Trendsetter and Role Model, to you I say: Absolutely always appreciate “you”.