Hi there! My name is Sierra Paletta and I’m a NYC based actor, model, and creative. I’m originally from South Jersey and lived there for most of my life besides living in Argentina for some time when I was a kid. I’ve been in NYC for almost seven years now and currently reside in Brooklyn.
Where did your inspiration to be a performer and artist come from?
Ever since I was a kid, I fell in love with performance. I watched American Idol all the time, my mom was really into watching movie musicals, and I was in my first musical when I was 10 years old. I loved playing make believe and getting lost in different worlds and characters excited me. Those seeds planted my dream of becoming an artist and later on I joined my high school choir and performed in all the musicals/plays they had to offer.
As I got older, I also fell in love with the idea of moving to New York City (I lived in suburbia for most of my life) and luckily that fell right into place with my passion for the arts. Living in the city and being surrounded by a variety of art forms allowed me to step into my skin and pursue my passion.
Which is your favorite or most memorable performance so far?
When I was in college, I was in a production of The Laramie Project by Tectonic Theatre Project. We performed in a downtown theatre space called New York Live Arts and the minute I stepped into the space, I teared up. The show itself was a very transformative experience for me. I had always loved fiction and the fantasy side of performing and this show was the opposite: it was a real life story about a horrendous incident that had happened and how it affected the town. In the show I played two characters (one female one male) and at the time it gave me freedom in my identity as genderfluid and made me feel welcome in my own body.
At one point, I gave a monologue on stage by myself to the audience where I did a pelvic thrust amongst other comedic things and it gave me confidence in my role as comedic relief in the play (considering I did a lot of dramatic work throughout college). The whole experience itself was fantastic but the most beautiful thing about the show was being able to share peoples stories and have their voices heard through mine/ours. In this performance, I realized the power of non-fiction material and how it can change lives.
How is a typical day like for you?
Usually I wake up early-ish (anywhere from 8-10am), meditate for 20 minutes either in my bed or in this green velvet chair in my room. I do a daily yoga practice from Yoga with Adriene, make a cup of green tea, eat half a grapefruit (with a teaspoon of sugar) and that’s pretty much the base of my morning.
From there on out, it sprouts into three options: work (my side hustle, serving), hanging at home watching TV/reading/writing, or venturing out into the city and engaging in some activity. My favorite activities at the moment are Lyra classes, archery, practicing stage combat in Central Park with my friends, and whatever exciting new things land in my lap.
What 3 things do you love to do most in the city you live in?
The first one is walking around alone listening to music in Central Park. There is something so classic about escaping into nature while still having echoes of the metropolis all around you. It’s the perfect blend. I grew up surrounded by woods so it feels like home away from home for me.
The second one is going to the MoMA. I used to go a lot when I was in college because it was so close by but it’s another one of those places that feels like home in the city. Visual artists always baffle me and I love looking at paintings and musing and just being surrounded by art. It’s very inspiring and grounding.
The third and last would probably be going out to House of Yes or the Slipper Room with my friends. We’re in different times now because of COVID but those places have changed who I am as a person and made me discover parts of myself that I never knew existed. They also fostered an environment and a community that I didn’t understand I was a part of until I came to the city. In these places, I grew into my most confident self and met people/had experiences I will never forget.
If you could have a super power, what will it be?
The ability to fly. First of all, flying is cool as hell, second I could go anywhere I wanted to in the world. Think about the views! So exciting, I could be on the tops of mountains, buildings, travel a lot. Feels like endless possibilities to me.
Are you more of a morning person or night owl?
Definitely a morning person. I was always that kid at sleepovers that would wake up before everyone else and just kinda let my mind wander for what felt like forever until everyone else woke up. Not much has changed, unless I’m working on/writing something and I can’t stop or I’m out with friends. I’m still that morning person I’ve always been.
What turns you off on a date?
If I don’t have a natural connection with them it’s kind of a bust. I’ve always been a highly sensitive, empathetic person so I’m pretty aware if it’s there or not. It ultimately comes down to the way they treat people; if I get the sense that they are not a generally kind or caring person, that is an immediate turn off.
Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions Sierra. One question before we end, how do you define “sexy”?
Sexy is feeling confident in your own skin. Whether that be all natural, full face, naked, fully clothed, everyone has the right circumstances that make them feel proud of their beauty. Seeing burlesque shows in the city taught me a lot about what sexy means and at the end of the day it takes on a different form in everyone.
Once you find what works for you, it’s a matter of being proud of who you are and celebrating that in whatever way you see fit. Wearing lingerie, fake lashes, and a red lip is an easy way in for me 🙂
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