One of Tricia Hakenewerth’s secret weapons is soft, sweet and cuddly. Never underestimate the effectiveness of a SmartyPet. Bailey, Tricia’s Tibetan Terrier is excellent at reading her mood. Bailey nurtures Tricia with a kiss or a snuggle just at the right time.
Why might SmartyGirl or SmartyFella readers need an arsenal to combat burnout? Well, Forbes, Bloomberg, Harvard Business Review, and Fast Company have reported on this preventable health problem that troubles the best of us. SmartyGirl Tricia is an actress and she was willing to share her take on staying balanced even during a high-pressure Make-A-Film-in-a-Day race. Here are her paraphrased thought starters, when our Editor-in-Chief interviewed her by phone on Friday.
Besides Bailey, Tricia relies on regular prayer and hiking to keep her centered.
What are her workplace challenges as actress? Acting requires Ms. Hakenewerth to dig deep and use real emotions to play a character and connect with other actors in the scene. Spending this energy outward, carrying it with momentum truthfully takes great effort. Curious? Google the acting technique: “the moment before”.
How does Tricia grow in her craft? The actress strives to be humble and take criticism well. Mastering this along with technical skill makes her an asset to any film production.
Tricia describes her natural shyness as a strength that helps her be more reflective.She enjoys acting because it allows her to learn more about herself and explore her boundaries. She finds acting therapeutic and stated that her first performance was in an elementary school play that was filmed.
Tricia’s professional development includes taking acting courses in college and elsewhere. She tests out her skills at film races.
What’s a typical day at a film race? Tricia did her first film race on Valentine’s Day 2015. She faced the daunting task of arriving to work with a director she didn’t know, to act out a script that writers created on the spot, to be filmed by a production crew, take-after-take with multiple takes, all with actors she just met.There were so many unknown variables in that 8-hour day but Tricia gained valuable acting and life experience by embarking on a project where she had to rely on the kindness and hard work of strangers who eventually became friends.