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,” about a high school student who travels back in time to prevent a classmate’s suicide. Inspired by the tragic loss of her 13-year-old sister, Kristina, who was the victim of bullying and took her own life in 2007, the series 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. In many of her short films, she speaks openly about her experience with depression and mental health treatment.
As a screen actress, Akana can 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 in a recurring role in the Comedy Central series “Hampton Deville.”
Anna recently concluded her North American comedy tour, “Show and Tell,” which she completed while also working on several digital and long-form projects currently in development. Her second digital series, “Miss 2059,” premiered in June 2016 and is set to begin Season 2 in 2017. Beyond acting and producing, Akana has also created the clothing company, Ghost & Stars, and signed a book deal with Random House/Valentine, which is set to release her first book in 2017: So Much I Want to Tell You: Letters To My Little Sister.