Daniella Monet: A True Multi-Hyphenate
Daniella Monet is a true multi-hyphenate. Not only is she an actress and a full-time ethical Entrepreneur, but she is also now developing a podcast as well as a children’s cookbook. We caught up with the busy soon to be mom and California native, to talk about how she manages to do so many things well while keeping conversation with the loyal following she has garnered on social media.
Terroir: Tell me a bit about your background, and how you got into acting?
Daniella Monet: I grew up in West Hills, CA just outside of Los Angeles. I was outgoing, confident, and loved any way of showing my own personal self-expression. My parents thought it may be fun for me to audition for commercials, and from that point on I was hooked.
T: Was your family creative? What were some major influences you had growing up that impacted your career?
DM: Looking back, I could say both of my parents are pretty outgoing. My mom is a hairdresser, and my dad is an entrepreneur. They both had big dreams and supported mine. The fact they were driven impacted me tremendously, and it gave me the drive to always persevere.
T: Why is healthy living so important to you? When did your passion for ethical food begin?
DM: I value health. Taking care of my health and wellbeing is one of the many ways that keep me balanced and successful.
I was about 5 years old when I realized the truth about “where our food comes from”. I was heartbroken to learn about the pain and suffering animals endured for our own consumption. The more I learned, the more I stood strong in my activism. Today, I’m beyond grateful I made the decision to live a cruelty-free lifestyle when I did-- it’s brought me the biggest sense of purpose.
T: You are an active entrepreneur an actor and soon to be a mom. How do you manage your time well? Is there any advice or tips you can share when it comes to managing a busy schedule?
DM: Making short-term and long-term goals have always helped keep me on a positive track. Ever since I was little, I would constantly be making lists of goals with actual timelines. I would tape them on my walls, the ceiling above my bed or hide them in envelopes to open later in the future. Today, I try not to get bogged down by too much unhealthy distraction. My workouts are a priority and teach me discipline whilst giving me energy and strength to take on the day. In short, my advice would be to make short-term and long-term goals and stick to a healthy fitness regime.
T: You’re active on most social media platforms and have a big following on YouTube. Has your online presence helped your career as well as the other businesses and projects you are involved in?
DM: Absolutely. Social media has lent itself to so many many opportunities. Being able to reach an audience who are specifically engaged in my content and what I have to say is a priceless tool that can perpetuate so much good! It’s been a vehicle for me to share my activism, lifestyle, and conscious companies. Not to mention, I love being able to open up about just about anything--such a cathartic way of working through the many obstacles of life.
T: Who/ what inspires you? Why?
DM: I’m constantly inspired by so many. By nature, as an actress, I’ve learned to study people and their mannerisms. I love being able to learn from others.
T: What are you up to when you're not acting or working on building the companies you invest in?
DM: I’m probably walking my dogs, cooking or doing laundry! Recently, I’ve found myself “nesting” a lot. I live pretty simply outside of the chaos of work. My time with my fiancé, family and friends make me feel complete.
T: What's one fact people might not know about you?
DM: From about 16-19 years old I studied Tae Kwon Do and mixed martial arts daily. If it wasn’t for working on the film, Nancy Drew, I probably would’ve continued practicing. At one point, I considered becoming a stunt actor but when push came to shove (no pun intended) I chickened out.
T: What advice would you give to a talented, driven actor/actress who’s just starting their career?
DM: There will be HIGHS and there will be LOWS. Save your money, invest your money wisely, and never give up.
T: Can you tell me the biggest obstacle you've faced in your career, and how you overcame it?
DM: I went through puberty, my parents separating, and personal moments whilst working long demanding hours. It taught me how to prioritize and manage my emotions in tricky times.
T: Any other projects you're involved in or looking forward to, besides what you’re working on now?
DM: I’ve got a few projects up my sleeve. New acting roles will always be on my radar, and once the baby comes and I find my groove, I’ll probably find myself searching for another sitcom.
In the meantime, I’m loosely developing a podcast that Andrew and I would host together and a kids cookbook.
for more from Daniella check out her website daniellamonet.com
Photography: Ashley Frangie
Hair and Makeup: Kelsey Zahn
Styling: Veronica Graye