One of the recurrent themes on London Real is how so many of our guests turn adversity into triumph. That’s exactly what today’s guest has done with her life. Navigating Hollywood culture, the pressures of beauty and success, dealing with addiction and becoming a pioneering entrepreneur – Cara Santana has done it all. And quite honestly, it looks like this woman is only just beginning. Although Cara is now on the cusp of fantastic new experiences with the launch of her new Glam App, she has already been through so much transformation in her life. Early on in this conversation Cara gets super-real with me about her own journey and even references the famous Steve Jobs commencement speech where he says “you can’t connect the dots looking forward, only looking back”. Cara is from El Paso Texas and the daughter of a lawyer mother. Her desire to get into showbiz was always a driven by her naturally creative spirit, and her love of entering into new worlds and experiences. As a young woman in LA, however, the pressures of the entertainment industry led her to some dark places and she grappled hard with addiction. Despite her challenges, Cara’s love of her craft as an actor always kept her going, and she now looks at those difficult times as not just helpful, but completely crucial in forming the person she is today. And that person is a tough, street-smart and determined artist who is taking her creative vision into the beauty industry. “Making it” in Hollywood is hard enough. And so is running a start-up, and I can really see how Cara’s journey in battling her demons has given her passion and love of life a new depth. For someone so intimate with the world of glamour and celebrity, Cara is remarkably honest, humble and grounded. I think what makes her different from a lot of people who burn out in Hollywood, is her quiet fearlessness in the relationship she has with herself. Cara tells me that ultimately addiction and battling with our demons means we have to get okay with who really are. Once we do this, once we really become content with our limitations, our frailties as well as our strengths and talents, then we liberate ourselves to become all that we can be. Prepare for inspiration. Prepare also, for ideas and insights about the world of entertainment and business. I’ll leave you now to enjoy the fascinating actress and entrepreneur Cara Santana.