Yasmine Ghaith was an inspiration long before her acting career took off. The actress, motivational speaker, and cancer-survivor tells us about how she is constantly learning and discovering new things while honing her acting skills.
What do you do consistently for time management?
First of all, I plan ahead for everything. As in really everything. I have a planner and I write down my weekly plan. I write, the things that I have to do for the week and I start dividing them along the whole week. So, I break down the things I need to do each day. Whether it’s my work if I have a shoot or any appointments, meetings or speeches I need to give. Even my personal habits that I do on a daily and weekly basis, these are also included in my plan. So, I like to have this in front of me so that I can really organize everything. I maintain this habit and it makes a huge difference when it comes to time management. I have a to-do list and I have a planner and they save my life.
What is one resource you wish you knew about when you were starting out?
Regarding my acting career, it was a coincidence. I started because of my story, I began to write about my story with cancer on social media when it went viral. A producer heard about me, and read my story and saw some of my videos for awareness campaigns. They chose me straight away for a role. My case was different. But, from that moment on, I started to watch videos. I started to read a lot about acting and how to master acting. Later on, I took an acting workshop but by that time I had already finished the two roles I had done so far. So these workshops would help me later on when I decide to focus on a new role. I read a lot and I affirmed. I believe in affirmations. I really, really do! It changes you, when you keep on repeating the same thing to yourself and you record it and you keep on listening to it you become what you’re listening to. Even if it’s something far away from you. Even if you don’t that you are that person, it will get to you. I recorded some affirmations, regarding acting using my voice. I would say “I’m a very good actress, I’m a very good, confident actress, I’m very comfortable and relaxed while acting”. I recorded this and would put the earphones on all day and all night, even while sleeping. That’s because even when you listen to something while you’re sleeping the effect is stronger since it embeds in the subconscious and that is more important. This is what helped me.
What’s the best career advice anyone has ever given you?
Be yourself. Be natural. The first thing I remember the director told me and later on when I worked with Dhafer L’Abdine and Hend Sabry when we shot our first scene together. I remembered the phrase “you’re natural” that is the best thing to do when it comes to acting. I felt comfortable straight away when we started shooting, I didn’t act, that’s the key. The job is called acting, but you shouldn’t act to become an actress. You should be natural to become a good actress and to reach people’s hearts. For me, acting is not acting.
What do you do to motivate yourself when you feel like giving up?
I listen to motivational videos, random ones. I just google them or I go to Youtube. I search for motivational videos they really make a difference. My favorite is Will Smith, he’s amazing, he’s great when it comes to motivational videos and speeches. It boosts my energy and self-confidence. It makes me believe in myself again if I feel like I’m down or when I feel like giving up. And I look back to myself, especially in the past two years and what I was able to achieve at my worst times, having cancer, being a mom, being a wife everything together. I was still in my 20’s and with all that I was able to achieve something.
Being a multi-potentialite what do you recommend to others who want to invest in growing in different fields?
I love art, and I have potential in the art in many different fields. I love drawing, interior design and I love acting. I love designing different things. I advise people to follow what they love. They can invest in it for example if they feel they’ve got the talent but they’re not sure how to work on it, they can take a course in that related field. This is what I did, I really love drawing, so I took a course in drawing. I also love fashion designing, so I took a course in fashion sketching. When I began loving acting I started going to an acting workshop. I always look at what I love and the talent I have in a certain thing because I believe talent plays a big part in success. Yet, I would still like to add that if you have all the talent in the world and you don’t develop or work on yourself it will all vanish by time. The key is ongoing development always. Going from one thing to the next, discovering something new, through reading, taking courses, watching videos and talking with people in the field and learning for them.
Photographer: Khaled Marzouk
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