The significance of the beach has not been lost on Sasha Lane. It was on a Florida beach that director Andrea Arnold “discovered” her, casting her in the film American Honey. Just a year later, Sasha is indie film’s new “It Girl,” with her breakout performance in the film. Hard work and an interest in humanity have helped drive her into the spotlight, but it’s mindfulness and desire that help feed the fire.
“I knew I wanted to do something with people,” Sasha says. “I ended up … on the beach, where I was found for a movie that got to touch a lot of people’s lives.”
“When I met the director, it just felt right. … The story she wanted to tell was something that meant a lot to me.” Sasha describes the characters as “throwaway kids.” “I felt like one of those people. That was such an amazing moment in my life, to be seen, and to be seen as something special to someone.”
Mindfulness is an important part of who she is. “I pay really close attention to myself. I’ll try to eat better, or get a little sleep, and just take some time to myself. I’ll read and get quiet time. I recharge better when I take the time to myself.”
Now, firmly in the spotlight, Sasha’s interest in people and life hasn’t changed. Still with a desire to touch people’s lives, Sasha wants her life to have an impact. “I want everything I do … to do something positive for someone. To have them feel good or benefit from it in some type of way. To really help who they are.”
Her advice for those searching for their place in this world? “You have to find who you are and what you want in life. There are so many people telling you what you should do, and what you shouldn’t do. People have to live their own life lives for themselves, and once you’ve established that, and established what your purpose is, then the sky is not even the limit.”