Akana is an Actor, Musician, and Digital Creator who is primarily known for her comedic content on TikTok. She graduated from the New York Company at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in 2017 and has since been working as an actor professionally in New York City. Some notable credits include her role as “Android Eve” in RED by First Person Xperience, and Rose in the short film Honey Cycle by Red Soil Productions.
Once the pandemic initially struck, and shutdowns were put into place, Akana decided to reinvent her pursuit as an actor by creating her own content and delving into the digital world of TikTok. Soon enough, Akana gained a strong following on the app. Viewers were hooked on her “Life of Barbie” series, where from it, over hundreds of thousands of people had reused and reinvented her trending sounds. As her time as a Digital Creator progressed, she became known for a having wide variety of comedic content such as her “Painfully Realistic” New York City Vlogs, original character Teresa Catooto, and her “Exposing Businesses” series. Within less than two years, she was able to gain over one million followers on the app.
And while Akana loves being able to create her own original sketch comedy on the digital platform, she also has an extensive passion for music. She began learning piano at the age of four, under the instruction of her father, a musician and piano teacher. She began learning flute at the age of nine, and began her singing instructions at the age of thirteen. She has since gone on to perform with the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center, the NYSSMA All-State Vocal Jazz Choir, and the NAfME All-National Choir at the Gaylord Opryland. Currently, Akana has refocused her musical passions into musical production, where she will soon be producing her own music professionally.
Akana is originally from North Bellmore, New York, a small but densely populated town on Long Island filled with former Brooklynites. She comes from a working class family and is lucky enough to have the tremendous support from them.
Although raised on Long Island, she has since lived in Manhattan, The Bronx, and Brooklyn and has spent the majority of her adult life as a resident of New York City. She is also a licensed New York City Sightseeing Guide with an immense passion for New York and its rich history.
Originally, Akana’s family immigrated to the United States from Naples, Italy and Slovakia and moved to Brooklyn. In many ways, Akana and her family are the stereotypical Italian-American people of New York, and of course she has a great pride in that.
Akana is very excited about her new pursuits coming up and has been using this time to reinvent herself once again. Nevertheless, make sure to stay tuned for exciting updates and announcements coming to you soon!