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Andreani Constanti: An Actress in the Making

Hollywood: A destination many want to reach, yet a journey few dare to jump start. Andreani Constanti, a Cypriot actress with wild aspirations packed her bags six years ago to visit ‘The City of Angels,’ Los Angeles, California with the goal of chasing opportunities no other place in the world could offer.

Growing up in Larnaca, Cyprus, Andreani’s dream to become an actress sparked through the midst of her teenage years.

Andreani told the TNH, “my mom told me to find an acting coach in Cyprus, and that’s when I met Athena Xenidou. Athena is a director, producer, screenwriter, and acting coach. I remember I went to her house and before she agreed to coach me, she said, ‘I want to see you, I want to talk to you’ just so she could grasp my passion for the acting industry.”

The Burbank International Film Festival is an annual film festival held in Burbank, California. Photo: courtesy of Andreani Constanti

She added, “that’s how I started training, and my first interaction with acting was in English. I read so many plays and Athena taught me to speed-read combined with other techniques so I could memorize fast.”

In 2014, Andreani made her theatrical debut performance in Cyprus taking on the role of Lori in Romantic Fools, followed by a lead in a European commercial for MTN. At the age of 17, she began auditioning for acting schools in the UK, specifically the best in London where competition runs high.

Slowly however, she came to the realization that London wasn’t the place for her, and she decided to go back to Cyprus for a year and continue her training with Athena Xenidou.

“I told her that I want to go to the best acting school in LA,” she said.

The American Academy of Dramatic Arts represented exactly that. It is a performing arts conservatory located both in Manhattan and Los Angeles teaching drama and related arts in the areas of theater, film, and, television. At the time, the school was taking auditions across Europe as well as in the United States. The young actress bravely took her chance with an audition that took place in London, and to her surprise, she made it.

The actress received her BA in Applied Arts and Media from Antioch University LA. Photo: courtesy of Andreani Constanti

Preparation was key before Andreani’s departure. She told TNH, “I did a play before I went to LA with Athena and that helped a lot. I’ve done two in the past with her – the first one I was 16 and the second when I was 20, so that helped a lot with my auditioning. I was able to work with professionals of the industry and see their responses.”

She offers the following advice for actors who are passionate in pursuing their dreams begins with exposure: “Show the monologue to as many people as you can, get the feedback, because when you go to audition in a room with one person whom you know is deciding your fate, it is important to feel confident,” she stated.

However, rejection is part of the game, especially in such a competitive industry filled with talented, thirsty artists who are also dreaming of starring in Hollywood’s greatest productions. Andreani told TNH that she had auditioned for a TV show on Amazon, however, she didn’t get the role. Taking in the knowledge each experience has to offer nevertheless will benefit the artist in their future ventures.

Talking about her future goals she mentioned, “I want to stay in LA. My goal is to get another agent within the next 4 months and audition for Netflix. I want to audition for Stranger Things season 5. If they’ll do a flashback of Joyce, I want to play young Winona Ryder.”

In 2023, Andreani will star in a sci-fi short film that will be presented in film festivals abroad. Currently, the upcoming actress is working on another short film that will begin filming later this month and will be available on streaming.

Andreani graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, working closely with actor and teacher Scott Reiniger and Amir M. Korangy. Photo: courtesy of Andreani Constanti
Andreani Constanti has appeared in various films, television, and theatrical performances. Photo: courtesy of Andreani Constanti

 

 

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