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Influencer Cindy Starfall Shares Her Top Selfcare, Wellness, and Beauty Tips

Everyone has their strengths and weaknesses and as a leader of my team, I need to recognize which team member is good at what type of skills. It also helps me reflect on my weakness and how to improve them. We are not perfect but if we can be open-minded about what we need to work on, that’s all it matters. We want to improve, not stay stagnant and expect people to treat us differently. As an entrepreneur, I have my team’s respect because I have already done the job I asked them to do. I’m willing to step in if one of them calls in sick. I show them appreciation but also call out their mistakes.

At times it feels like wellness or elevating one’s well-being, is diametrically opposed to high achievement and high performance in one’s career. The stress, mental energy, long hours, lack of restful sleep, and preoccupation that result from a high-achievement life seem to directly inhibit wellness. And yet, in order to sustain the creativity, flexibility, mental acuity and resilience that are necessary for high performance, wellness and wellbeing of the mind, body and soul are also mandatory. So how do we achieve both? This is the question I’m hoping to answer through conversations with high-achieving leaders and influencers who are practicing their own philosophies about how to maintain their wellbeing.

As a part of our series about “Social Media Influencers Share Their Top Self Care, Wellness, and Beauty Tips, I had the pleasure of interviewing Cindy Starfall . Cindy Starfall is an award-winning actress and self-made entrepreneur. She is an immigrant from Vietnam who truly achieved her American dream.

Thank you so much for doing this with us! Our readers would love to get to know you a bit better. Can you share with us the backstory of how you came upon this career path and to where you are today?

Hello. I’m Cindy Starfall and I started as an adult star and then became an entrepreneur with other businesses such as being a social influencer, an Airbnb host, and owning a model management company.

Originally, I was born and raised in Vietnam. I came to America at 15 years old on a student exchange program. All my life, my family was strict and kept me away from boys as much as they could. I was enrolled in a Catholic all-girls school. After graduating top tier in college, I was given a job in the corporate world but that didn’t work out. I wanted to do something more exciting so I joined the adult industry. A Hustler executive discovered me and put me in their centerfold magazine. I love the camera and my fans. I was honored to be recognized in the adult industry even being a minority with an Asian accent. I was nominated multiple times for “Best new starlets” and won “Best Asian movie of the year” with my feature showcase “Starfall” and many more.

I didn’t think I can get this far but I took a risk and I took control of my life by doing something I love

After my success in the adult industry, I invested my money into longer-term businesses to ensure my future and freedom.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?

There are several directors that gave me a chance to truly shine. I’m grateful for Jonni Darkko who believed in me enough to give me a full showcase movie on me. I’m grateful to Glen King for bringing out my dominatrix femdom side that I didn’t believe I have. I’m grateful to my agency, oc modeling, for their hard work to keep me busy. I’m grateful for my friends who supported my career all these years. I’m also grateful for my real estate mentors who also taught me important lessons in an industry I’m not familiar with. Most importantly, I’m grateful for my loyal fans who continue supporting me in any project I’m working on

Can you share a story with us about the most humorous mistake you made when you were first starting? What lesson or take-away did you learn from that?

I first started to film vlogs because I thought it’d be great to share with my fans my travel videos. I got these new sunglasses that can record film. My mistake was I moved my head so much because that’s just how I walk around and forgot that the viewers need straight footage. When I watched the footage again, the film was all over the place, up the sky, down the floor. it was unwatchable. The lesson I learned was not to move so much. I was having an ADD moment. Do everything slowly, turn my head slowly as if the fans are watching it with me too.

As an influencer, you have been blessed with great success in a career path that many have attempted, but eventually gave up on. In fact, perhaps most people who tried to follow a career path like yours did not succeed. Do you have any words of advice for others who may want to embark on this career path but know that their dreams might be dashed?

  • For every new girl, I would say to know your limits (what you like to do in front of the camera and what you don’t) because the industry doesn’t have limits and it’s up to you to know when to say no. Money isn’t everything, your sanity is.
  • Your agent is supposed to work for you, not the other way around. He shouldn’t dictate your life and you shouldn’t need to ask for his permission for anything. you are an independent contractor so you can work when you want to work with who you want to work with.
  • Have fun and invest. If the camera is not your thing, maybe the job isn’t for you. Invest your money because just like everything else, nothing last forever. Fast money doesn’t last! So what else do you enjoy doing like any hobby that you can make money with, real estate, etc…? You need a backup plan.

Can you share with our readers some of the strategies you’ve used to build an engaged, loyal, and large online community?

Building a brand was a priority. My fans love me for my personable look, humor, and natural look. I also don’t have any tattoos which can turn off some people.

After I built a brand, I found ways to capitalize on it such as connecting with my customers. Some fans become my friends and because of these connections, they want to support me. I’m selling them a fantasy, a product in which they can forget about reality and focus on us. With the money I’ve made, I was able to pay off my student loan, my car loan, buy a house and invest my money in other businesses.

Ok, thank you for all that. Now let’s shift to the main focus of our interview. In my work, I focus on how one can thrive and care for oneself in three areas: body, mind, and heart. You are a busy person with a demanding schedule, can you share with our readers two self-care routines, practices or treatments that help your body thrive? (Kindly share a story or an example for each.)

  • Being busy can definitely be tough to take care of yourself but I come first before anything else
  • I work out 6 times a week to release stress including hot yoga sessions weekly
  • I don’t participate in any drug use or excessive alcohol consumption. I’m high on life naturally and confident with myself without all that stuff.
  • I also do face mask/retinol treatment nightly.

Can you share with us two routines that you use to help your mind or heart to thrive? (Kindly share a story or example for each.)

  • I enjoy getting massages monthly and sweating in the steam room. it helps me to relax and forget about my workload
  • Traveling to a new place I’ve never been to before makes me feel alive. So far, I have been to 13 countries and counting.

Can you share five ideas that anyone can use “to feel beautiful”? (Please share a story or example for each.)

  • try on new outfits. a different look can boost confident
  • get facial treatments for hydration to make your skin feel brighter
  • get a new manicure/pedicure
  • go to a spa facility to enjoy the steam rooms/sauna
  • schedule a glamor photoshoot

Is there a particular resource, a practitioner, expert, book, or podcast that made a significant impact on you and helped you to thrive? Can you share a story about that with us?

I enjoyed a book called “Surrounded by Idiots”. I remember laughing at the title but it’s actually a really good book with helpful insights into people’s different personalities. Everyone has their strengths and weaknesses and as a leader of my team, I need to recognize which team member is good at what type of skills. It also helps me reflect on my weakness and how to improve them. We are not perfect but if we can be open-minded about what we need to work on, that’s all it matters. We want to improve, not stay stagnant and expect people to treat us differently. As an entrepreneur, I have my team’s respect because I have already done the job I asked them to do. I’m willing to step in if one of them calls in sick. I show them appreciation but also call out their mistakes.

Do you have a story about the strangest, most bizarre or funniest wellness treatment that you’ve ever experienced?

I went to Mexico and I got the spa treatment from fishes. you would soak your feet in this fish tank and the fishes would eat your dead skin and callus off your feet. it’s very tickling and made me laugh the entire time. The result was good. My feet were smooth but I don’t know if I can handle the tickling feeling again

As an influencer, you are a person of great influence. If you could inspire a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger.

Because of my background in the adult industry, I would inspire a movement that requires a person to be at least 21 years old to join the adult industry. I was 23 when I started and I felt like I wanted to do it and I knew how to manage my career better. But when you get in at 18 years old, you are still too young. you haven’t figured out what you want to do yet and with the amount of money, fame, and pressure in the business. An 18-year-old is most likely to pick the wrong route and surround themself with a different crowd who doesn’t want anything good for her. If you can drink at 21, why not be able to shoot adult movies at 21.

We are very blessed that some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world with whom you’d like to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might just see this. :-)

I would love to have lunch with Mr. Wonderful, Kevin O’Leary. He is very direct and sarcastic just like me. I love his sense of humor and I would love to learn from him more about business.

What is the best way our readers can follow you on social media?

TWITTER: @CindyStarfall

INSTAGRAM: @Cstarfall

YOUTUBE: cindystarfalll

Thank you for these fantastic insights. We wish you only continued success in your great work!

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