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Anna Akana          

Actress, YouTube Star, & Filmmaker

Anna Akana started her YouTube channel in 2011, jumpstarting her career as an actress, producer, filmmaker and writer. In 2013, she wrote and starred in the digital series Riley Rewind, which garnered over 25 million views across YouTube, Facebook and Netflix. Now with over 1.7 million subscribers, Anna produces shorts films, sketches, and series for her channel, in addition to her weekly YouTube show, which features semi-autobiographical comedic stories where she portrays multiple roles.

As a screen actress, Akana can also recently be seen in recurring roles on Freeform’s The Fosters and Comedy Central’s Broken People, as well as in the films Kids vs. Monsters, Hello, My Name is Doris and Ant Man. Upcoming, she can be seen starring alongside Bella Thorne and Halston Sage in Awesomeness Film’s new thriller You Get Me, and recurring in the Comedy Central series Hampton Deville and Freeform’s Stitchers.

Anna concluded her North American comedy tour, Show and Tell, in 2015, which she completed while also working on several digital and long-form projects currently in development.

Akana wrote and stared in her second digital series Miss 2059, which ran from 2016 to 2018.

In 2018, she appeared in the TV shows Corporate and Big City Green. In addition, she won a Streamy Award for her performance as the lead role in YouTube's original web drama, Youth & Consequences.

In 2019, Akana released her debut single, "Intervention". Its music video was directed by Auden Bui. She has since released two more music videos, one for Pretty Girls Don't Cry in July 2019


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