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Rising Stars: Meet Ren Scott

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ren Scott.

Hi Ren, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
My name is Renwick Dwight Scott II, but most know me as Ren! I was born into a military family on Barksdale Airforce base in Bossier City, Louisana and I got my start as an actor around the time I was in elementary school. Through my school years, I spent various time between working on sets in film and television to picking up a camera in my highschool years. From there, I went on to begin shooting weddings and eventually working as an LSU Sports photographer during my first year at Louisiana State University. Though my business major journey in college was cut short due to my acting career taking off, my photography business had already given me plenty enough steam to set my entrepreneur path down the right course. In 2015 after two semesters in college, God brought me to Los Angeles, the city I had dreamt of since I was a kid, to pursue my acting career. Currently, I’m two years into my marriage with the wife of my dreams, still pursuing an acting career in Film Tv, and commercials, and working as a wedding, portrait, and headshot photographer serving actors and creatives all throughout Los Angeles.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
It has most definitely not been a smooth road. The difficulties really began as a child, learning how to balance being a “child actor” and just a normal kid. It was quite a challenge being on set with movie stars, having people wait on you hand and foot, and then going back to school where a teacher was harping on you about homework. Thankfully, I had parents who lovingly drilled into me the importance of humility and a good education. Moving off to college was truly when the climax of the world crashing down around me occurred. It all happened during my second semester of college. I was miles and miles away from home, my best friend who was my college roommate had moved back home, my girlfriend and I of three years had split, my photography business tanked after moving out of the city where I got my start, my acting career was at a complete standstill due to the responsibilities of college, and on top of that, my grades were terrible and I was in jeopardy of being kicked out of school after spending all of the cash I’d saved from acting just to get there. It was truly one of the darkest moments of my life.

At that moment, I had nothing and no one. So I looked to God, and one night I prayed the deepest prayer of my life for God to simply save me. I asked him to pick me up out of my mess of a life and save me. I woke up that next day feeling different. I started every single day on my knees thanking God for my life and I have to tell you, those were some of the most amazing days of my life. I had never felt so alive. I lost everything I had but I still had God. About a week or two after my prayer, I ended up booking a Guest Star role on NCIS: New Orleans, where I was going to be a star for the episode and then come on as a recurring character. I was over the moon excited. But through a terrible ordeal after being on set and dropping the ball on my performance, I was cut. ALL that depression seemed like it was about to flood back in. And a little of it did for a quick second. Then I said, you know what, I’m not going to let this keep me down, I’m going to trust that God has a plan. Sure enough, he did. The very next week, I got another audition for a series regular in the Show Underground for WGNA and booked it. After months of filming in Baton Rouge, I was flown out to Los Angeles for the press junket and decided now was the time to move to L.A. for good.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
Currently, I’m working as a commercial actor & wedding, portrait, & headshot photographer. My most recent work includes commercials for the 2020 Census, Ruffles Chips, and US Navy Military. Though I love so many aspects of photography including wedding, maternity, fashion, my current focus is actually on headshots for actors. I love being able to combine my passion for acting with my love of photography and through headshots, I’m able to work with actors all throughout the week.

Originally, my photography business was named “Ren Scott Photography”. Though in the back of my mind, I knew that it would never be the final name. Finally, in 2019 I created my business “Glass Darkly”. The name comes from the scripture 1 Cor. 13:12 and is an ode to how we see this life through a dark glass, but eventually, we will see Jesus, the embodiment of truth and itself, face to face. And seeing that as a photographer, I shoot everything through a dark glass lens, I felt it the perfect name for my business. The goal of Glass Darkly is to highlight God’s natural beauty in the world. We encourage all people, especially women, to embrace who God made them and push back against societal beauty standards like heavy makeup and revealing clothes.

Do you any memories from childhood that you can share with us?
My favorite childhood memory was right after Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana in 2005, my parents were dog sitting for a family friend and a dog was always something I wanted as a kid and never got. But after almost two years of taking care of this beautiful, high-energy boxer named Max, I had grown quite attached to him. Any time a storm or heavy rain would blow through in Bossier City, my backyard would look like a perfectly flat lake and so sure enough, after Hurricane Katrina blew through my entire backyard was flooded. Max and I decided to go into the backyard and wrestle it out in the middle of my muddy pond of a backyard. We jumped, ran, and splashed through it all and I can remember it as one of the highlights of the freedom of childhood and what it felt like to have no responsibilities and no cares.

Pricing:

  • Weddings | $1,950
  • Portraits | $495
  • Maternity | $495
  • Family | $495

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