WHERE AM I FROM?
Well, I was born and raised in Jerusalem, to a Japanese father and Australian mother. I grew up with 4 siblings in a Christian home and we quickly adapted to standing out in the Jewish School we attended and the multi-cultured Israeli society. So basically I am a hebrew speaking hummus eating Israeli that looks Asian.
Why did my parents end up in Israel? That's a whole other story...
IT STARTED WITH A DANCE
It's called "excess energy". My mother thought dance would be a good outlet for the 4 year old me and it was then that I discovered how much I loved to dance and twirl and be a tree in the wind. With the help of dance, I tortured my sibling a little less and found a new sense of identity and empowerment.
WHAT WAS THE TURNING POINT?
When I was 16.5 , my life took a sharp turn when I was critically injured at the Versailles wedding hall disaster. Thinking that I had lost it all, I made a deal with God that if he let me have my life back and dance again, that I would pursue it with all of my heart. So I seized the day! And a year later I was in New York City attending the Alvin Ailey Dance School with big dreams and hopes of becoming a professional dancer.
WHAT HAPPENED NEXT?
After graduating Ailey I began booking work as a dancer, dancing in National commercials, Feature films, Festivals and more. In the competitive scene of New York, a strong stamina, drive and diversity were critical elements to success. Thankfully (I can now say) I had a lot of practice in that arena! Along the way I also got the opportunity to expand my artistry and I began choreographing and modeling.
WHEN WAS THE ACTOR IN ME BORN?
Looking back, I guess I always possessed the "acting bug", but I only truly discovered it when I knee injury a few years ago forced me to take a break from dance. I completely fell in love with acting and realized it goes hand in hand with my dancing. In acting I found my voice and a whole new layer of expressing.
WHAT DOES MY ART MEAN TO ME?
Well for one - It healed and heals me on a regular basis.. When I dance, I feel free, I feel connected, invincible. Through dance, I feel I am able to impart to others my appreciation of life, of being in the moment.
Acting has been another incredible journey, it's been powerful to have to learn articulate what it means to be Human and impart that experience to others.
"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou
WHAT'S MY GOAL?
I want to dedicate my life to reminding people of the joy of living, and specifically, the joy of living in Their bodies.
If you check out my vlog, Hannaleeland (avail on youtube) you will get a better view of my inner world and my view of the world. See you there!