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Meet Jannica Olin in Hollywood

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jannica Olin.

Jannica, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I was born and raised in Sweden and knew very early on that I was going to be a performer. I wasn’t the extroverted “showy” type of person so I was naturally drawn to acting where I got to express my feelings through the cover of portraying someone else. I finally moved to Los Angeles after lots of traveling and living in other places, such as Melbourne, New York and London.

4 years ago I lost all my hair to the auto immune condition Alopecia. Being a newbie in LA, and trying to build a career as an actor, I was confronted with the thought of having to quit or hide the fact that my hair was gone with a wig. I knew deep inside that even though it was confusing, emotionally painful and frustrating, that this was going to become the greatest blessing. And it has. I am doing a TEDx talk in October and am booking more work without hair than I ever did with. And I get to be a part of a more diverse and unique casting type vs the blonde girl next door. I have done a lot of immersive theatre, music videos (Jessie J, Janelle Monae, and Elle King), film and commercials (LG, BoomChickaPop).

Has it been a smooth road?
The greatest struggle was when I was losing my hair. I wanted nothing but to stop it of course and doctors were useless. I took on elimination diets and supplements, which made me feel and look really good, but my hair was still falling out. I isolated myself for nearly 6 months, doing nothing but research on the internet and watching bad reality TV. That time was all about survival. It was of course a natural part of the process of going through something like that. I remember the moment when I realized I’d have to get a wig…. my first thought was: Where am I gonna put it when I’m not wearing it? I live in a studio apartment with cats! There’s no place to close around it. They are going to ruin it! I went to a wig shop with a friend a couple of days later. I tried on a synthetic wig and felt good about the fact that I could get a wig for a few hundred dollars. It didn’t have to be this customized thousands of dollars- type ordeal. And when I saw how good the wig looked on me, I got excited. I could totally have “my” hair back. The only difference would be that it was detachable from my head. I got a new sense of power and freedom in that moment.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Jannica Olin story. Tell us more about the business.
I am Hollywood’s only Bald Blonde. At least publicly. I chose to step into being empowered around what was so about me, vs resisting it or wishing for change. I wear different colored wigs for work, but tend to mostly go out for jobs where my bald or blonde look is requested. And I still identify as blonde (and bald), cause blonde hair was my natural hair.

As an actress in LA who happens to have no hair, “naturally” I am excited and passionate about representing people who in some way feel like they don’t fit in or belong. And I’m also passionate about redefining what beauty, normal and perfect is supposed to look like. I show up to events and red carpet premieres with no hair because I want to disrupt the current climate of looking a certain way in order to be seen as beautiful or successful. I also love being an inspirational speaker or, as I like to call it; being an empoweress. If sharing of my experiences and stepping into vulnerability allows for someone else to have a little more power around something they are dealing with, then my purpose is fulfilled.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
We will see a lot more women in leadership positions, in the entertainment industry. More female crew on sets. And more diversity; in the story telling and casting. I’m very excited about that. And to also see more real women at appropriate ages in certain roles. Ageism is a real thing in our industry, and we gotta keep creating roles for women, played by women and not girls.

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