Lately, I haven’t been able to take out time to read. Life-altering admission? No. Do I expect traffic to come to a standstill and muse over it? Probably — it would make jaywalking a lot more fun.
Life is a never-ending cycle of limitless imbalance. For a Type A person like me, that’s a party I would never want to be invited to; unfortunately, it’s also a constant dilemma I am now an unwilling participant of.
Thankfully, I am not alone.
“In an increasingly demanding world, we’ve been told that we can do everything — maintain friendships, devote ourselves to work, spend time with family, stay fit, and get enough sleep. We just need to learn to balance it all. Randi Zuckerberg doesn’t believe in being well-balanced, arguing that the key to success is learning to be well-lopsided.”
Thankfully for the sanity of all the imbalanced folks like you and me, so does Toronto-born actress Elena V. Wolfe.
Former Ford model, professional tennis player, an aspiring lawyer, and now an actress, Elena stars in the recently released Nickelodeon series, Star Falls and is also working on her first debut novel COZ and the Invisible City. How does she do it all? She doesn’t. Making peace with the fact that you might never cross-off everything on your to-do list and still moving forward — despite the aforementioned, semi-paralytic truth — is the key to success. As an entrepreneur once said:
“In order to kick ass, you have to be imbalanced. I’m sure there are exceptions, but every person I’ve seen riding on a rocket ship was imbalanced while that rocket ship was being built.”
Q1. Despite your super-hectic schedule, what are 5 things you don’t compromise on and make time for every day?
Don’t tell anyone, but I compromise a lot! It’s something I definitely have to work on. But I do try to get myself to the gym at least once or twice a week, even though it’s probably the one thing I should be doing every day. But five things I never skip are: brushing my teeth, spending time talking to my parents, listening to music, taking a shower, and watching reruns of Seinfeld.
Q2. The entertainment industry is one of the toughest in the world. What are 5 personality traits most important for survival?
Optimism, tunnel vision, hard work ethic, being relentless, and having a broad sense of understanding in general.
Q3. Playing tennis professionally, writing a debut novel or starring in a prominent TV show. Which one was (is) the most challenging? Which one’s your first love? Which one comes very easily to you?
I think acting comes most naturally to me. I’m not sure why, but I guess in some sort of way I see my every day as an opportunity to act. As Shakespeare once said, “All the world’s a stage”!
The most challenging thing I’ve had to do is writing a novel. A lot of people don’t understand how lonesome it can be, especially for someone who is a natural chatterbox!
Q4. Having received a scholarship to play varsity tennis at the University of Virginia, you were on your way to law school. How did acting and modeling happen?
I guess I always knew I wanted to be an actor. So it was always at the back of my mind no matter what I did. I started with modeling, because at that time, without having any parents working in the industry, I figured it was a good place to start. I think Cameron Diaz’s story was the catapult there!
Q5. What’s been the biggest highlight of traveling alongside your husband Dusan Vemic, pro-tennis coach to champ Novak Djokovic?
Traveling on the professional tennis tour is about the coolest thing I’ve ever done! Possibly because I have such a deep love for the sport and I get to hang out with the world’s greatest champions, but I’d have to say the highlight of all the traveling isn’t so much spending time courtside but seeing different parts of the world.
Born and raised in India, Anisha Dhiman moved to Toronto to study Publishing and then Lifestyle Media at Centennial College. Writer, social media strategist and content creator, Anisha is the founder of Five Question Series, where she profiles people… you guessed it, by asking five questions. In her free time, she enjoys reading and trolling people with puppy GIFs and memes. Her only phobia? Losing her sight, but staring at the screen all day long doesn’t help much.