Stacy-Ann Buchanan

Actress, Producer and Filmmaker

HT: What do you love about the film industry?

SB: I love how everything intertwines. It is a huge industry that provides and produces multiple jobs titles and that gives life/reality to the dream-makers. For me, the film industry is like that cliche saying. "If you can dream it, you can achieve it!"

HT: How long have you been acting?

SB: I've been acting professionally since 2005.

HT: What has been your greatest moment of success?

SB: For awhile I thought success was having the house, the car, the husband and the career. Then my thoughts graduated to thinking that success is really just being, happy. But let's be real, one simply cannot go through life being 'happy' all the time. It's the rough times that build character, that grows you and that elevates you into the new version of YOU. So now, for me, success is simply having inner peace and that is something I truly have acquired at this stage in my life.

In addition to that, I can say some of the highlighted moments in my life were; producing and directing my first film, a documentary titled, The Blind Stigma: Mental Health within the Black Community, winning an award for said film, traveling North America and the Caribbean screening the film and adding Mental Health Advocate to my career. Another highlighted moment includes me creating my own production company, producing my annual fashion and arts show, The Mystic Effect, being recognized as one of the 150 black women making a difference in Canada, being listed as one of the 150 Canadians who are leaders for mental heath and doing my first TEDx Talk.

HT: WOW! Talk about Black Girl Magic! Very impressive!

SB: Thank you

HT: What woman inspires you and why?

SB: To be honest, several women inspire me... daily! From my mother, to my grandmothers, aunts, friends, co-workers and acquaintances. I get inspired by women that I haven't officially met but friends with on social media. I get inspired by some celebrities. I am inspired by every woman who boldly walks in her truth, who makes her own coins, who is building or has built her own empire, who hustles to make ends meet, who knows her purpose, who is driven, focused and determined. Most importantly, I am inspired by every woman who knows her worth.

HT: What advice do you have for women aiming for a leadership position?

SB: Never aim to be a leader. Just be your authentic self. Stand boldly in your truth, blaze your own path, be honest, open and transparent, be kind, don't be afraid to sit with the CEOs and don't be 'too good' to sit with the janitors, turn your losses into lessons, flip your pain into your purpose and most importantly, own who you are. One doesn't aim to be a leader, leadership is earned.

HT: What goals do you have for 2018?

SB: I just want to focus on ME this year...take a break from the 'spotlight' so to speak and do the things that make my soul happy. For a years I became so fixated on my work that I neglected taking care of me. This year my goals are solely focused on discovering a new Stacy-Ann.