Anastazja Davis is a screenwriter and director who loves all stories, but is particularly drawn to those about violent women. Her debut feature, DISCONNECTED, was released by WB Home Video last year, she was recently staffed on a new TV show about the dangerous world of the Sultan's Harem from the creators of KNIGHTFALL, and several of her feature projects are heading into pre-production. Originally from Poland, Anastazja calls Los Angeles home, where she lives with her husband and dog, Smudge.
My Goal of the Day: My goal is always progress. This can take many shapes and manifest itself in all sorts of ways, but I want to know when I head to bed that whatever I am working on has taken a step, or ten, towards completion.
My Thought of the Day: My thought is usually centered on what I can improve. This applies across the board in my life. From fitness, to a recipe I’ve been playing with, to a script - the idea is to change and keep changing so that when I look back six months from now, I will be surprised how far I’ve come.
My Action of the Day: The action of the day is flexibility. Life is full of surprises and I like to keep an open mind when something new comes my way. In writing, especially, I like taking tangents to their logical conclusion to see where they might lead. After all, the path less traveled may lead me to a better place (or plot line!).
What do you love most about Your City?
Los Angeles has an amazing and vibrant food scene and it’s my absolutely favorite thing about the city. Not only is there excellent food available at any price point in every neighborhood, you can try cuisine from nearly every country on Earth. Our produce is also excellent, fresh, and available year-round. This means cooking is easy and delicious, plus, we have markets from around the world that import products you wouldn’t otherwise find. I honestly believe it’s the best place to live if you’re a foodie and love cooking.
Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?
I love a good breakfast sandwich. Give me some crispy toast, avocado, a fried egg and a tomato, and I’m in heaven.
My absolutely favorite restaurant with the best breakfast sandwich on Earth closed last year, and I’ve put my energy into replicating it at home instead of finding a new restaurant.
What are you doing at:
6:00 AM – I’m definitely asleep at 6am. And if something terrible has happened and I am in fact awake, I’m probably reading news on my phone, in bed.
10:00 AM - By this time, I am writing. That is the ideal anyway. Sometimes I have to hop on a call with New York or Europe, or I have a meeting across town. But ideally, I’ll have spent the morning making progress on whatever it is I’m writing at the moment. It really gives me a feeling a satisfaction to crank out a few hours and several pages before noon, that way, if I have other tasks to tackle, I know I’ve moved the project forward. It’s important to have forward momentum in writing, even if what you write is terrible. You can always rewrite, after all. But there has to be something to edit in the first place.
12:00 PM - Favorite Lunch spot/meal?
I am a Spicy Tuna bowl addict. It’s such a simple meal, and I love eating it at my local Ramen place, where they know my order by heart, or, making it at home. In general, a good “bowl” is my go-to lunch. I pile on some greens, avocado, cucumber, whatever meat is left over from the night before, some ginger, and I whip together some spicy mayo, throw in a little rice, and it’s ready to go.
As for power lunch meetings, I love going to new places. This works super well for me since people usually never meet me in the same place twice, and I get to experience more of LA’s awesome offerings.
7:00 PM - There is no typical 7PM activity in my life. I could be eating dinner with my husband, out with friends or family, at a WGA meeting, watching a movie, or wrapped up in a blanket on the couch trying to finish up a script. I do know that if I’m at home, my dog is definitely close by.
11:00 PM - Ideally, I would be asleep by 11. I am a huge fan of sleep and like to get a good 8 hours every night. In fact, by 11 I’m probably working out plot lines in my dreams. If I am awake, I’m definitely hanging out with friends, either at a soccer game, a restaurant, or at one of our houses.
What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?
I need a cup of black tea every morning. I make it from loose leaf tea and prefer it as dark and bitter as possible, with no milk or sugar added. Otherwise, I live on water. At night, my husband and I will sometimes have wine or cocktails. I’m a big fan of the Sidecar and the Paper Plane, and my husband takes his cocktail making very seriously, so they’re always delicious.
Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?
Instagram is definitely my most used App, and I love the Juniper Fox account. Juniper and her fox friend, Fig, are both adorable, and it always makes me smile to see what they are up to. The woman who owns Juniper takes care of so many animals and takes the time to educate her followers on what it’s like to own a fox, and how to be compassionate to animals that are often misunderstood – like spiders or snakes.
What should everyone try at least once?
Everyone should direct a low-budget feature film. I know this is an impossibility, but I believe if people realized just how difficult it is to create something coherent, let alone good, they would view films and TV from a totally different perspective. Namely, they would appreciate all of the effort the people behind the scenes put into the show. There are so many people on set, putting their hearts into a project, and often only a few names get recognition, or worse, their bad behavior tanks the project for everyone, including a lot of hard-working people that don’t make a lot of money.
Where do you enjoy getting lost?
My mind or a good book.