More Than You See 9: 4.09 Life Changes, Perspective Shifts as Creatives & The Impact of Social Media with Helenna Santos 

 November 8, 2023

By  Deborah Lee Smith

We're back for episode 9 this week with a brand new episode of the More Than You See Podcast with special guest Helenna Santos. This episode dives into how our perspective on art and career changes throughout our lives, dealing with major life changes, the impact social media has on us, and finding creativity in unexpected places.

About Helenna:

Helenna Santos is an actor, photographer, writer, and producer.  

She has appeared in many network TV shows including Virgin River (Netflix),  Fire Country (CBS), The Flash (CW), and The Good Doctor (ABC), as well as studio movies and national commercials. She has produced and starred in two feature films as well as numerous award-winning short films and digital series. 
Helenna is the author of the poetry book A Long Dark Summerand was the founder/editor-in-chief of the entertainment website Ms. In The Biz for its seven year run. Her work as a contributing writer has been featured in a variety of publications including MovieMaker, Backstage, Film Inquiry, WeScreenplay, and BUST Magazine. 

As a photographer Helenna specializes in portrait, editorial, and lifestyle photography for actors, various performers, and creative entrepreneurs. 

Helenna is a mix of Filipino/Russian/German heritage, a US and Canadian dual citizen, and currently resides in the Greater Vancouver area of British Columbia with her husband and their Bernedoodle pup.  She is an indie film fanatic, an avid reader, and loves sharing creative inspiration via her Substack blog.

Helenna's Links:

Personal Website

Photography Website


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New here? Every Wednesday join me, Deborah Lee Smith (actor, filmmaker, and mental health advocate) for a conversation on mental health like you’ve never heard before. My platform, More Than You See is dedicated to exploring nontraditional mental health resources to help you build your own emotional wellness toolkit. I absolutely discuss therapy, the importance of medication, and highlight organizations around the world devoted to destigmatizing mental health, but I also focus on books, personal practices, podcasts, TED Talks, etc., because here’s the thing… I’m not a licensed practitioner or therapist. I’m just a woman exploring my own journey with mental health and sharing my experiences and the experiences of the community with you, the listener. Join me for a weekly conversation every Wednesday that will be sure to bring a smile to your face and help you feel a little less alone. Because we’re all More Than You See.

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Deborah Lee Smith

Hi there! I'm an actor, producer, and writer who is devoted to storytelling and mental health awareness. After struggling through my own mental health, I found that non-traditional resources, like the ones we explore on More Than You See, helped me immensely get through my dark times. Thus, this website and podcast were born! I look forward to helping you gain agency over your mental health journey as you build your own toolkit of resources, tips, and ideas. Because you never know what might help pull you out of the darkness, and we are all More Than You See.   

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