Today we’d like to introduce you to Rachel Currence.
Rachel, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
Originally from San Diego’s jewel by the sea: La Jolla, CA; I grew up a vivacious, outgoing, gifted child who loved life, the arts and had a passion for acting starting young. I was a part of many extracurricular activities including fencing, jazz, piano, viola and ballet. I took ballet most seriously becoming the first black Clara in my dance academy’s seasonal play: The Nutcracker. I took ballet for eight years, making it to pointe. Also in my busy schedule, I took up time competing in pageants. I competed in local beauty pageants as a baby and continued into childhood winning many titles- including Little Ms. Southern California and The Little Miss African American Pageant. Competition was instilled in me at a very early age. Being in pageants taught me confidence, grace, articulation and presentation. Winning Little Ms. Southern California was a game-changer for me. It placed me in the local newspaper, got me widespread attention and ultimately led me to my first agency – The Abrams Artist Agency.
After signing with Abrams, I went on to book many national commercials some including the first Mighty Kids Meal, Super Bowl 2000, Red Lobster, Verizon and more. I also was featured in large spread campaigns such as Tiger Woods/Target, Lightspan, Dance catalogues and Better Homes and Gardens. That picked up the ball for me to go on and book roles in film and television. Aside from acting, I am also a real estate investor having been a partner in flipping beautiful multimillion-dollar homes in and outside of California. I donate to multiple charities and I have a soft spot for dogs. I’ve rescued multiple dogs from Tijuana and brought them to safe and happy homes, a few being through the help of The Lisa Vanderpump Dog Foundation which really nursed the dogs back to health from a bad state. I also feed the homeless Downtown every Thursday with the wonderful Love My Neighbor Foundation and I am currently in training to become a mentor to children affected by a loved one who is either dealing with cancer or has lost their battle to cancer. I’ve traveled to 55 countries- I love to experience new things as well as learn about different cultures, lifestyles and beliefs. I am thankful for my health, my close friends, my family and most importantly: my relationship with God.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
My journey has definitely been anything but a smooth one but bouncing back from all of the adversities, trauma and obstacles only gave me purpose, built my character and strengthened my resilience. I moved to Los Angeles with $700 but my hunger, ambition and drive was priceless. Along my journey, I have dealt with severe anxiety, alcoholism and the feeling of never feeling good enough no matter how successful people told me I appeared to be. I set goals for myself and accomplished them all and created a world based on that. Everything for most of my journey was external. Career goals, material goals, relationship goals- a lot of what could be considered successful by what someone else thinks. While I think it’s good to have external goals, I feel it’s just as important- if not more, to focus on internal goals where success can be achieved without anyone else rendering judgment that matters whatsoever. Learning from my mistakes, I now go forward with internal motivators; purely the things that internally matter. And rather than chasing temporary highs, I now seek fulfillment. I strive to be a good person, help those in need and give assignments my all to feel good about my work ethic. I also have created a new set of values and morals to live by and gain fulfillment.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I keep myself busy and well-diversified. I act, model and invest in real estate as well as stocks. I also am a published writer having been first published at age 10 with a poem I wrote appearing in The National Library of Congress. I also used to write for LA’s Splash Magazines. One of my first film roles was in Hellraiser: Inferno- a memorable film series. I also loved appearing in Nickelodeon favorites such as: iCarly, Victorious and True Jackson VP. I received my first role to play a real person- Shamari Devoe in BET’s biopic: The New Edition Story. This was the most exciting role for me because I portrayed someone who I grew up a fan of. I love Shamari from the girl group Blaque and as a child, I would perform her songs in school talent shows so booking the role to play her in the BET movie was thrilling.
My more recent accomplishments have been in real estate having done flips in the Studio City area. I was a silent partner in transforming a 1 million dollar house into a ravishing 3 million dollar home. I am now currently involved in a real estate project in the Los Angeles area I am very excited about as it is a next step in real estate investing for me and will lead to other fruitful and illustrious opportunities. I think what sets me apart from others is my humility and my insatiable appetite for learning. I feel there is so much to learn from every and anyone whether it is a child or a homeless person on the street. I believe that everyone has something to offer. I look past the surface of things and see beauty in what a lot of people don’t. I seek and desire in-depth knowledge.
How do you think about happiness?
What makes me happy is traveling. I am a free spirit and so I love to get out and live through seeing and doing. It is such a beautiful world and there is so much out there. I enjoyed eating delicious carne and samba dancing in Brazil. I loved being in Paris gazing up at the Eiffel Tower and admiring everything that went into building such a staple. I loved watching monks meditate in Thailand and Bali with such deep devotion. It’s truly beautiful to watch and also so peaceful. I loved riding elephants in Phuket along the river and jumping in to cool off in incredible heat. I loved the hustle and bustle of the farmer’s market in Australia and tasting fresh uni straight from the shell. I loved running through Moscow, taking photos at the Kremlin and taking in all of the diversity from the accents to the way of life. I loved the romance in Italy- taking canals in Venice and eating Italian food in Rome and glamorous shopping in Positano. I loved the stillness and indescribable beauty of the Maldives and also the quiet, relaxing comfort of Tahiti. I loved the glamor of Dubai. I loved the kindness and warmth of the people in Africa- Lagos and Asaba. All of these places provide a feeling that even as I think of trips taken long ago, I can distinctly remember and recall all of the beauty- the sounds, smells and visual. There are so many more and I could keep going but it would take way too long. But, this is a general idea of why travel makes me so happy!
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