Cara Santana: An Actress who Believes in the Slogan 'Gratitude Not
Attitude' as Way of Life
Santana is an Los Angeles based actress who loves all things fashion and
She was born and raised in El Paso, TX and moved to Los Angeles at 15 years of
age to pursue acting. Acting is her first love and passion. But along the way
she had an affair with fashion. She began to travel the World and found so many
amazing things that she wanted to share with people. Whether its products, tips,
tricks or trends she shares it all!
Caradisclothed.com is a fashion and lifestyle platform where she discloses her
favorite things, document her travels and review her fashion finds!
Cara Santana is leading and highly accomplished actress & fashion expert in
conversation with Namita Nayyar President Women Fitness
Ms. Namita Nayyar: You moved to Los Angeles from El Paso, TX at an early age of
15 years to pursue acting. Tell us about your journey that took you to where you
are now in the world of acting, fashion and modeling ?
Ms. Cara Santana: As a little girl I was always attracted to the idea of "make
believe" and the ability to create a new type of "reality" for my make believe
characters. I loved bringing to life a full person and pretending to have
another life. Naturally, my parents put me into theater camp and the progression
began. I was accepted at 15 to a performance art high school, Idyllwild Arts
Academy and attended.
Shortly after, I finished school and moved to Los Angeles, where I started to
pursue my career full on. Fashion came as an extension of the idealism of
creating characters. Having the ability to express who you are, by what you
wear, which is the first way we are perceived, fascinated me. I could tell you
who I am, by how I looked! And there began my love for both my passions of
acting and fashion.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: You have selected a profession of being an actress, into
fashion and beauty that requires a lot of hard labor, technical soundness and
excellence in different faculties to finally succeed, how do you achieve that?
Ms. Cara Santana: Focus. Being willing to hone your skills; be it in classes,
reading books, exercising, etc is of then upmost importance. I think having the
sensibility to work hard and keep your eye on the prize (so to speak) best
prepares you to succeed.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: What exercises comprise your fitness regime or workout
routine you shall like to share?
Ms. Cara Santana: I'm a huge proponent of the Tracy Anderson Method. It's a mix
of Pilates and aerobic style exercise combined with cardiovascular work all at
80 degrees! The technique really keeps me fit and it's also fun. You can do it
in a hotel room, at home, or in a gym! I love it. I try and stay active
otherwise by hiking and being outdoors. All of that helps!
Ms. Namita Nayyar: Do you take some special diet or have a strict menu that you
follow to remain healthy and physically fit?
Ms. Cara Santana: When it comes to diet, I don't have any limitations. I don't
like to deprive myself of anything. I'm sensible and always have been. I have a
strong appetite, but am also driven to healthy food as well. I like it all. I'd
say moderation is obviously important, but I think if you exercise and allow
yourself to eat what you want, you're fine. It works for me anyway!
Ms. Namita Nayyar: You have glowing skin and gorgeous hairs. Do you take some
kind of skin treatment to keep it young and glowing and secondly what you do to
your hairs to make them look so stunning?
Ms. Cara Santana: I never sleep with make up on!!! I always take my make up off
at night! First and foremost! Secondly, I stay with what's tried and true: Cetaphil. You can get it at any drugstore and I wash my face and moisturize with
it. Nothing fancy. Keep sunscreen on during the day is key as well. You don't
have to break the bank to keep your skin looking "fresh".
As for my hair, I like to keep away from sulfates. I use sulfate free shampoo
and conditioner and try to limit the amount of heat I put on it. If I don't have
to, then I'm fine going all natural!
Ms. Namita Nayyar: Advice and motivational words for our inspiring and budding
women models and actresses who all are your fans, what should they do for their
climb to the ladder of success in field of acting and fashion?
Ms. Cara Santana: One, you have to love it. And two, be willing and expect to
work hard. Study everything you can to gain as much knowledge in the field as
possible. Read about the techniques: Stanislovskly, Uta Hagen Miesner. Take
classes. Perfect your craft. If fashion is your love, learn the history, know
the designers who have shaped the transition through history. Take all you can
in! And don't give up!
Ms. Namita Nayyar: You are leading media personality, model, fashion expert and
an actress. How you manage such a remarkable multi-dimensional lifestyle?
Ms. Cara Santana: Gratitude. I'm not sure if I'd consider myself as a "leading"
anything. There's so much more I want to do. I haven't even begun to climb my
proverbial mountain. However, being happy with what you have, when you have it
and appreciating that, is key. If you're constantly in a state of gratitude,
then you're open to having more. I always say to myself "Gratitude Not
Ms. Namita Nayyar: You were selected as one of the "Five Best Dressed at 50 Most
Fashionable Women Of 2013", the event you attended at The London Hotel in West
Hollywood by moejackson.com. How do you feel on this achievement of yours ?
Ms. Cara Santana: I love fashion. I like expressing myself and playing with
ideas. And if other people like it, then that's great!
Ms. Namita Nayyar: Who has been your inspiration and motivation that led you to
your success in the world of acting, modeling and fashion?
Ms. Cara Santana: There have been so many people who have inspired me or
motivated me and taught me.
My third grade teacher, Brenda Morrow. She taught me work ethic and focus. My
mom, who showed me as a woman you CAN have it all: career, family, love. My Dad
who no matter what shows humility and graciousness. And my grandfather who came
from nothing; an immigrant's son, and went to college, had a beautiful career,
married the love of his life, traveled the World, raised his family and did it
with zest and love for life.
I take all of that with me. I'm inspired by them and so many other people in my
Ms. Namita Nayyar: You have done bold photo shoots, how you are so body
confident and advice to your compatriots?
Ms. Cara Santana: Love what you got, no matter what you got! Haha. It's our
instrument. Use it. Women need to embrace and love themselves and also love and
embrace other women. That comradery is important for the growth and empowerment
Ms. Namita Nayyar: You have been associated with and your fans look forward to
your public appearances, for the ultra-fashionable dresses you wear, who are
your dress designers or do you give your personal inputs to make you look so
Ms. Cara Santana: I don't work with a stylist and I allow my mood and my frame
to dictate my style. I like to take risks and have fun. It's an art! I take
inspiration from what I see out in the World and I enjoy the process of creating
a look from head to toe. That's what fashion is about: self expression!
Ms. Namita Nayyar: What you wish to say about the website Womenfitness.net and
message for its visitors?
Ms. Cara Santana: Visitors of Womenfitness.net embrace who are and accept who
you are. Our bodies are our temples- treat then well and with love. It's a
pleasure to be included on WomenFitness.net, I hope you continue your great work
to honor and empower your readers!
Women Fitness Team thanks Cara Santana for giving her valuable time for this
interview and quenching the thirst of her fans to know more about her and made
this interview happen.
Dated 25 March 2014
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