Cara Santana

Interview: Robert Piper

Robert Piper: What inspires you?

Cara Santana: As an artist, I’m really inspired by everything around me—from travel and art, to friends and family, social voices in media and politics. I get a lot of inspiration from daily life. I think it is important to stay open to the world around you, so that you are constantly in a state of growth and evolution, which can only happen through inspiration.

RP: How do you stay healthy?

CS: I enjoy working out. That is important for me. Whether it’s a hike with my dog or an hour at the gym, I like to maintain an active lifestyle. I eat in moderation, splurging when I feel it’s appropriate and not overeating out of complacency or boredom. I’ve been lucky to always have a healthy relationship with food. I also love to be consistent with meditation and make sure that I am supplying my body, mind, and soul with everything it needs to function.

RP: What is the hardest obstacle you’ve had to overcome in your life?

CS: I feel very blessed that at a young age I was able to navigate my battle with drug and alcohol addiction, and through recovery live a sober life. There is such a stigma attached to addiction and it was hard for me to both confront and overcome it. I am very proud and grateful that with the support of family and friends, I was able to do so. Being over ten years sober, and getting to this point and maintaining it, has and will always be my greatest obstacle and accomplishment.

RP: How do you deal with overcoming failure?

CS: Failure is inevitable. If you aren’t taking risks, then you won’t fail. I’m a risk taker, so I have come to accept that at times I will fail. To me, that is better than not trying at all.

“I think it is important to stay open to the world around you, so that you are constantly in a state of growth and evolution, which can only happen through inspiration.”

RP: What projects are you currently working on?

CS: I’m currently shooting Salem, which I am so proud of. I play a Native American Indian who is in love with Shane West’s character. It’s been such a challenge to step into the sixteenth century and learn a new culture and really delve into that world so I can represent it with honesty. I have learned so much and it’s been fun. While in the midst of that, I launched a beauty-on-demand app called The Glam App, which provides affordable and convenient beauty straight to your door. It’s activated in LA and NYC and we are working on our national reach now.

Cara Santana is an actress, fashionista, and entrepreneur. She recently launched the on-demand beauty app The Glam App and can be seen in the upcoming season of Salem on WGN America. She also runs the popular fashion blog, Cara Disclothed.

Photo: Marc Cartwright

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