Adrianne Frost is a writer and actor from New York City. Her book, I Hate Other People’s Kids was published by Simon & Schuster, and she is featured in the anthologies The Signet Book of American Humor (Signet), and Rejected: Tales of The Failed, Dumped and Cancelled (Villard). She has written for XOJane, Funny Not Slutty, Ask Ejean, McSweeney’s, and many others. Adrianne has acted on many television programs and in films, dying in several! She has performed stand up and improv all over the worlld. Adrianne can be reached at Adrianne@adriannefrost.net and her dog has an Instagram page at @buddy_one_eye.
What do I do best?
I think I am best at relating to people with issues, whether it is addictions, recovery, childhood trauma… I understand and I listen. You don’t have to have a solution for people, just an open heart and mind.
What makes me the best version of myself?
What makes me the best version of myself is forgiving myself for past mistakes and keeping my head up, trying to find the best in people. I am confident that I try to be the best person I can to people and that I work very hard.
What are my aspirations?
I am going to finish my book (a memoir about survival with, I hope, a comedic flair in the face of adversity). I am writing a pilot for a web series. I want to be able to share my story with whoever needs it.
My Biggest Success?
My biggest success is being here. I battle PTSD, chronic pain, and depression every day. I am grateful to have family and friends and to be able to live my life every day. I fight back against myself, too. Most days, I win. Other days, Ben and Jerry’s wins.
My Most Challenging Moment?
There’s been a lot. Here’s one: when my ex-husband left me after ten years together, it was devastating. At the same time, I lost my unemployment, my health insurance; my cats both had kidney failure, I wasn’t auditioning that much, I was 38 and overweight… ugh. It was a dark dark time. He left in the middle of the night, just up and left, and never set foot in our home again.
Of course, we are now friends on Facebook.
The light will come. Just remember to let it shine.
My Favorite People/Role Models?
My favorite people are the people I meet every day, people who say hello on the street, people who smile even though shit may be coming down… my husband is my favorite person. And my dog.
My Favorite Places/Destinations?
Okay, so people are always shocked to hear this: Disney World. There are lots of reasons: happy childhood memories, happy adult memories, friendly folks, fun rides, and, of course, Dole Whips.
My Favorite Products/Objects?
The first thing that popped into my mind was C.E. Bigelow Rose Salve. It makes my lips, hands, and hair happy and it smells good!
Objects: family photos.
My Current Passions?
I love otters, writing, performing, animals, shoes, and crying at movies.
How did you get into the industry?
I have been acting and writing since I was very young, and my parents always encouraged me. I moved to NYC in my twenties and began pursuing performing any way I could!
Any emerging industry trends?
I think the #Metoo movement is helping to break down barriers for women in the industry. I hope it continues. From the outside, it seems like women are rapidly gaining strength. From the inside, it’s a snail’s pace.
Any industry opportunities or challenges?
A big opportunity is that a lot of women are coming out to tell their stories of trauma, abuse, pain, etc. There is more room for it now and, it seems, more acceptance. Challenges still lie in ageism. Recently, Sarah Jessica Parker wore an amazing outfit to the Met Gala and all the trolls could talk about was how old she looked. It’s hurtful and ridiculous. We all age. We all get old. We’re all still beautiful.
Inspiration for the business idea, and your vision for the Business?
I want a series for women of a certain age who are struggling in the face of divorce, retirement, reflection…
What's next for the Business in the near future?
More women! More women! More women! More female based projects. More female superheroes! More female directors! More female scripts! More female web series, television shows, books…! Let’s do this!
Your most difficult moment at the Business? (and what did you learn?)
I was fired once from an acting job (that I had wanted forever) and was treated very poorly by my agent at the time. I thought my life, and career, were over. They weren’t. I learned that there is another valley beyond that hill, and another, and another, up and down, up and down. That’s the beauty of life. Also, it’s sometimes not me at all. What people think of me is none of my business!
Ideal experience for a customer/client?
I want people who work with me to leave our collaboration, whatever that is, satisfied with the work that we have done together. We may never work together again, for whatever reason, so I want, at least, that one time to be a great one.
How do you motivate others?
I like to encourage people to be honest, to speak up, to say what they want and need in a working environment. And I let a lot of things roll off my back. If someone is honest and wants to change something or isn’t happy, I welcome their feedback and input.
Career advice to those in your industry?
If you don’t book an acting gig, or a writing job, it doesn’t mean there is something wrong with you. By, moving on, you’re not accepting failure, you’re just moving on… The trajectory is always up, even if you feel like you’re spiraling down. I promise you, you will get back up again. As women, we are taught to shut up and take it. Open your big, fat mouth and tell your story. Someone, somewhere will hear it.