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Conversations with Rowena Whitson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rowena Whitson.

Hi Rowena, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
All my life, I have wanted to act. I was born and raised in Peoria, Illinois. I remember as a child when other kids would fall down or get upset during recess, I would run over to them to make them laugh. I wanted them to be happy and forget the pain they were in whether it be emotional or physical. Finding that I could successfully entertain and distract them from their pain truly ignited my passion for acting. I began acting training at the age of 12 and was active in community theatre growing up. I studied dance for 14 years at the Peoria Ballet company. I moved to California at the age of 18 to attend college at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy to get my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting. I knew no one in California and took a leap of faith in order to start pursuing my dreams of becoming an actress. Since graduating, I have independently represented myself and have booked acting, modeling, and dancing jobs. What I love most about acting is being able to become a different person. My goal to spread love and light through authentic storytelling and inspire my audiences.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
This industry is a tough road, but I always welcome a challenge! The biggest struggle I have found so far is finding representation and this is still an obstacle I am working to overcome. I am consistently submitting myself for roles, but an agent and good representation would give me more opportunities.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I am a very positive person and am easy to work with. I am organized, reliable, and enthusiastic. I appreciate the opportunities I am given and I work hard to make the most of them. I have also been fortunate to be able to use my stage combat and dance skills in the jobs I have.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
I am a reiki practitioner. Reiki is a Japanese form of energy healing using your hands. We all have it within us, it just needs to be ignited. I love practicing reiki because it helps to ground me. It has benefits to me as an actress because it helps keep me calm and focused. I want to share this gift with the world and spread love and light.

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