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Meet Faith Hildegarde

Today we’d like to introduce you to Faith Hildegarde.

Faith, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I grew up in Kentucky as a rambunctious, spunky, spontaneous yet quiet child. I’m aware that the quiet part is a little bit contradictory to the rest of my personality, but hey, in some ways, we’re all a bit of a contradiction.

There was not a moment that I can remember where I wasn’t making life into a song. I grew up as a creative little nugget, every trial I went through, and every emotion I felt was transformed into something magical. I wrote songs about my worries/struggles, poems to ease my heart, and created plays to share beauty. I entered the acting world when I was around eleven, and my Mom found an acting camp at school.

From that moment on I was in love. Acting is more than a hobby for me, it’s an escape, a catalyst of hope, and a vessel for inspiration. When people ask me what I love about acting, I find it hard to answer because there are a million things I love about it; but I think the main reason is its emotional power. Theatre and Film hold an immense amount of power; I love how a single character and thematic moment can change or inspire a person.

I’m a planner, and one day when I was thirteen, I looked to my Mom and said I would attend New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. I said it with so much determination that everything I did after that moment was in preparation to go to the school of my dreams. My Mom is a huge reason for my dreams coming true because she found an acting program called the “Certificate” program, it was a part of the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music Preparatory Department.

That program shaped the way for my future. I had an amazing mentor, Bob Allen, who I am so thankful for because he taught me what it truly means to be an actor. Through Certificate I learned what it meant to believe in myself because if you don’t know yourself and you can’t be your own cheerleader, you’re only making your journey more difficult.

After I graduated from the Certificate Program, I got the news that I was accepted into NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Drama department. NYU was an entirely new journey that shaped me into the person I am today. I found my best friends, learned so much about life, and reconfirmed my path as an actor there. I always knew that I wanted to end up in LA, but I wasn’t quite sure how I would like.

While I was at NYU, I got the opportunity to spend two months filming a web series and short film in LA; needless to say at the end of filming I was in love with LA. Two months after I graduated NYU, I packed my things and started my journey in the whimsical land of LA.

Has it been a smooth road?
Life wouldn’t be life without obstacles. I’d be absolutely lying to you if I said my move to LA and my career choice is and was a cake walk. I went through one of the hardest times in my life a couple of weeks after I moved; I lost my father to cancer, and I felt like a part of me shattered. I felt my world crumble after moving to an entirely new state (about 3,000 miles away from the family that unconditionally supports me,) after losing my hero, and all of this packed on top of the fact that I chose a career that is incredibly emotionally backbreaking at times.

My first year in Los Angeles challenged my heart and my soul, but I am forever grateful for this city because in my darkest moments it gave me hope. I deal with emotions by writing spoken word poetry, and that’s how I want to share the story of my challenges with you. Life isn’t picture perfect… it’s not a gentle stream, and it’s not a smooth breeze; Life is a picture faded by time… it is a rock being tossed and turned in rapids, and it is a tree being uprooted by a tornado. Life isn’t always what we want it to be, but it’s what we need it to be.

Though life brings tremendous pain, it also brings an abundance of joy. Life is a rainbow amidst a storm… it is a bird learning to fly, and it is a baby laughing for the first time. Life is a sphinx, and we are the riddle. I live by the statement: Rise like a Phoenix, Shine like a Diamond, and Fight like a Warrior. I say Rise like a Phoenix because I’ve been beaten down more times than I can count and I refuse to stay down. A Phoenix rises from its pain and comes back stronger each time.

I refuse to let this world beat me down, and some may say I’m stubborn and that might be true. I’d rather be labeled stubborn and headstrong than give up on myself. When the world throws more daggers at my heart and more arrows through my soul, I remind myself that like a Phoenix I will rise again. I say Shine like a Diamond because we are all Diamonds; we just forget to polish ourselves sometimes. A diamond never breaks, and the only thing that can mar a diamond is another diamond.

We are our own worst enemy (yes I know you’ve heard this a million times, but really listen to it). This world can chew you up and spit you out, but the only thing that can really destroy you is yourself. Breathe yourself in and acknowledge your worth; know that no matter how dusty you get you can always polish yourself. Lifting yourself up and taking care of yourself is not a one and done task; it’s a lifelong journey, and you’re going to be tempted to bury your shine.

Remember to dust yourself off everyday and to let your diamond shine. I say Fight like a Warrior because you’re going to have to fight for yourself in this world. I say warrior instead of fighter because to be a fighter is at war with his/herself, but a warrior has learned to fight for his/herself. Don’t declare war on your soul, but fight for your beliefs and for your heart. Know that you are a warrior and like a phoenix, your scars will heal and like a diamond you can’t be broken.

I’m not one to sugar coat things and being in the entertainment business can take a toll on your mind, but I wouldn’t choose any other profession because the beauty that results from the struggle is worth it. When I wasn’t getting booked or even getting auditions I would start to doubt my story and what my purpose was within this industry, but then I remembered that it’s not a sprint to success… sometimes it’s a stroll and there is nothing wrong with that.

I had to learn to not beat myself up about things that were out of my control and take control of the things I could. I apply to projects everyday and volunteer my services all the time to be on set and help in any way I can. No one is going to have the same journey, and I’m learning to embrace the beauty of my journey.

We’d love to hear more about what you do.
Hmm, what do I do? Well, I hope to make people happy and connected to themselves for a living. I am an Actress, singer, and motivational blogger through spoken word poetry. I love uplifting people and helping them realize just how special they are to this world.

Acting isn’t simply about bringing a story or character to life, it’s about bringing to light emotions within an audience and touching the soul. I love how one story can mean one thing for me an entirely different thing for someone else; it’s an emotional journey for both the actor and the viewer.

I also run a blog called “Dust to Diamond,” which is a blog that focuses on strength and overcoming anxiety through Spoken Word poetry. My hope for Dust to Diamond is that it evolves into a safe space for those who may feel alone and are struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Sometimes we just need a little help to find our footing in this crazy world. Don’t be afraid to share your stories. Be proud of who you’ve become and never stop fighting to be exactly who you want to be.

Dust to Diamond is a blog meant to inspire; it is meant to encourage everyone (no matter what personal war they are fighting) to keep fighting for the person they dream to be. Never give up on yourself because there is no one else like you.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
Well, I hope to see the continued growth in diverse and women driven characters/storylines. I’d also love to see more recognition for women powerhouses across all entertainment categories.

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Image Credit:
Jeremy Stewart, Jeffery Mosier

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1 Comment

  1. Rosie Kennedy

    March 27, 2019 at 13:32

    Wow, her story is amazing & inspiring! Her words leave me in awe of how much she’s accomplished in her life so far. Way to go, Faith!

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