From Actress to Director with Kristy Best

Bouncing from a production office to a casting room to a recording booth to an acting class, all in one day, Kristy Best‘s days can most accurately described as hectic. But she wouldn’t have it any other way. As an actress, director and teacher, this crazy sort of lifestyle is not new to this Australian.

It started when she was a child. Always dancing around the house, her mother decided to enroll her in dance classes. Shy while offstage, Kristy soon found herself enrolled in drama classes as well. The combination paved the way to performances in musicals and as part of a talent show group at events, festivals and entertainment venues. Then there were TV commercials for Pringles and the shy girl began to come out of her shell and fall in love with performing. 

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Actors and Philanthropists: Staff Picks

There are a lot of new faces on our Staff Picks page this week so be sure to have a look. Among them you’ll find our top four favorite pages of the week! Actors, actresses, health experts and philanthropists, they’re all amazing and worth a view and a compliment.

To start we have, Larisa Petrini of Romania, in our header photo. A corporate wellbeing strategist she is also a certified health coach, a Jamie Oliver Ambassador, a trainer and a sustainable living advocate.

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From the corporate world to Hollywood: Melanie Kannokada

An actress, Melanie Kannokada typically starts her day by meditating, followed by tea and then breakfast. Then she takes some time to focus on her schedule which is usually a mix of meetings, auditions, filming, classes or rehearsals, and writing.

But her days weren’t always this way. Before becoming an actress, Melanie worked as a consultant for McKinsey & Co. in New York City and before that she graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford.

So how did the transition from mechanical engineer to consultant to actress, happen? We interviewed Melanie to find out.

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