Today we’d like to introduce you to Roni Weissman.
Roni, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I’m a city girl from Tel Aviv, Israel. I grew up loving to make people laugh, and even when I joined the Israeli Defense Forces, I found myself drawn to storytelling and putting a smile on people’s faces.
After my service, I decided to try out an acting class just for the heck of it.
The minute I stepped onto that theater stage – I fell in love. I was terrible though! My parents were worried when I told them that I had found my passion and that I was going to pursue it!
I struggled at first to get into an acting school, but my passion pushed me to work harder and eventually – I made it into the three-year program. My struggle didn’t stop there though… Oh no. It was just the beginning.
I remember being so proud to have made it and to graduate, but the very next day was so depressing and empty; No class, no assignment, no movie to look forward to, not even an audition. The years passed by and I felt a deep sense of missing out, a void that needed to be filled. Although, I had seen some success in Israel, it wasn’t enough. I wasn’t able to break out of my cocoon and fulfill my potential yet.
I had to make a decision. If I wanted to become the best, I had to learn from the best. So I made the big move.
I was VERY fortunate to find an apartment right in the heart of Hollywood, and my roommate was an incredible actress who introduced me to the best acting class for me. It was exactly what I needed!
After about six months in my new reality (waking up to see the Hollywood sign!) I began to create a concept for a TV show. I wrote a short film based on this concept, joined forces with my friend Matthaeus and shot it. It took a while but it was worth it!
Fast forward; I am now in the midst of pitching the concept as a TV show. I got a wonderful agent, I’m a working actress, I found peace in the struggle and I LOVE EVERY MINUTE of my day.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Nothing was smooth, yet – everything worked out like a charm, if that makes sense.
My first struggle with moving here was getting the artist’s visa! It’s all a big boring agonizing process that took a long time and a lot of work (and money), but hey – if you really want something – go get it.
The adjustment from Tiny Tel Aviv to the vast Los Angeles was hard too – I moved here by myself. No friends or family. I was very lucky to find my “LA Familia” that support me all of the time.
The first time I got sick and didn’t have my mom’s soup, or the first time I needed a hug from my family but they are hundreds of miles away.
Every other struggle that an artist faces; finding work in your realm and staying strong during the “dry” periods.
Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
Well, I just finished working on a feature film and a pilot, and I don’t only work as an actress, I’m also a writer and the proud creator of White Brick Road.
I mentioned it before – it’s a TV show I’m pitching about a comic book artist who has Asperger’s Syndrome and she turns into the superhero she draws.
I look forward to seeing this on screen one day. I feel like there is so much to explore in it, so much to tell, and it is very relate-able.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
I think my drive, my fire is one of the top qualities. I’ll always strive to be better.
Second one is my discipline. I don’t stop. Ever.
- Website: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm4518270/
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/roni_weissman/?hl=en
- Other: https://www.roniweissman.com/
Juan Carlos Arvelo, Bjoern Kommerell