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Meet Parris Rose

Today we’d like to introduce you to Parris Rose.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Parris. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I was working as an executive assistant for four years and I was just really unhappy with what I was doing. I was asked what I would want to do if I wasn’t scared to fail and I answered that I would love to be a tv host! I thought my time had passed and I had no clue where to start but I was encouraged to go for it. I was kind of shy so I started taking improv classes at Groundlings to get me out of my shell and it definitely helped!

After improv classes, I looked up host classes and was surprised to see that there were beginner classes I could take to get me started. I took host classes at the Carolyne Barry Acting Academy which helped me learn basic but necessary skills about breaking into the industry. There I built my first hosting reel, made connections, found my confidence and started submitting myself to gigs. It was a slow start but soon I was getting booked to cover red carpets, entertainment news for a variety of outlets and production gigs that enabled me to attend elite events like The Emmys, SAG Awards, and NAACP Awards. I continued taking classes but this time at Marki Costello’s Become a Host which inspired to create my own content and hone in on my brand. After that, I was booked for more freelance gigs as well as became the entertainment writer/correspondent for the digital magazine, The Knockturnal.

Has it been a smooth road?
Overall I would say it was and currently is a smooth struggle. Smooth in the sense that once I decided this is what I wanted to do and was going to go for it, I didn’t struggle so much with getting booked for gigs. The struggle came with knowing when to say no, feeling ‘imposter syndrome,’ frustration with the low pay or no pay gigs, trying to see what my next steps should be, trying not to compare myself with peers and knowing who to trust. The breaking in was relatively easy but actually getting booked for relevant, well-paid work that I’m passionate about is an ongoing struggle.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
Currently, I am the host of my own show called ‘The Unpopular Opinion’. I discuss taboo and somewhat controversial topics and I’m not afraid to share my opinion, even if it’s an unpopular one. I’m really proud of this because I am completely authentic and true to myself but also I try to encourage others to be too. We’re not always going to agree and I want to push people to hear what others think and respectfully agree to disagree. No one, especially now wants to be “canceled” so we stifle our voices and I think that’s dangerous because what we get is a society on the edge of eruption. So I’m glad that I had an idea and stuck with it.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Los Angeles is probably the best place to start out. There are so many resources for creators out here, as well as thousands of creatives that you can collab with, share ideas with and build with. The downside is it’s extremely competitive and very hard to create something original. But if you can make it here or New York, you can really make it anywhere!

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