Learning to expand your craft in acting is a never ending process, from learning different dialects, cultures, background and so much more. This may be part of the reason why I love to act, so much!
As a part of my interview series with popular culture stars, I had the pleasure of interviewing Rose Jenevere. Rose started as a single mother living in the welfare system, who turned her skills within graphic design, video editing, and camera operation to help her reach her goal of entering teh entertainment industry. Rose is the Producer of the television show, “Behind The Set,” and has acted in several small films, television shows, and theater.
Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
Due to living in the welfare system and becoming a freelance model outside my regular job, a person approached me and informed that I should get into acting. My parents were the ones who always turned down the opportunity, and informed me that actors do not make much money. Regardless, I knew that acting was something I always wanted to do since I was in Kindergarden. As a result, I finally decided to jump at the opportunity at age 35, regardless of my financial problems. My goal is not so much the fame and fortune that everyone may want but to inspire people. I want to be the person who was able to get out of welfare, overcome a learning disability, abuse, and past struggles as a single Mom. I want to be the one that can say, “you can do whatever you put your mind to.” Acting has pushed me to become a better person, to work hard, and has allowed me to be a much happier person.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started this career?
Oh gosh! I think my fear of horror movies changed a little bit. I did the 48 hour film contest when I first started, and I can recall the Special Effects Make-Up Artist placing black icing on my face to make me look like a zombie and creating fake intestines for the film. We had to pull the fake intestines out of a body. The occurrence was a little gross and messy. However, I did not get spooked when I was in a horror film, but I still freak out when watching horror movies.
Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?
I can not recall any funny mistakes, other than messing up my lines on stage. Amazingly no one knew. However, I have observed that everyone talks, and is connected to each other in some way.
What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?
I just finished a stage play that was performed in Rockville, MD. Presently, I have two film auditions that are lined up, and I really need to work on video editing my television show that I produce, Behind The Set, which airs in Fairfax, VA and start developing more content for the show.
Who are some of the most interesting people you have interacted with? What was that like? Do you have any stories?
Surprisingly, most of the people I have met have been from the television show, “The Walking Dead.” Ann Maloney, Kent Wagner, and Sonya Thompson through the other connections I have made when I started this path. I do not know Ann very well, however, Kent and Sonya are very down to earth. I met Ann Maloney at a film festival in Hagerstown, MD. Kent, I met through the television show Monster Madhouse. We were both on the show. As for Sonya, I met her when I was filming my television show Behind The Set. She was having her fake arm pulled out of her socket for the independent film Bigfoot!
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
Learn EVERYTHING that you can about acting and film production before trying for the big leagues. You want to make sure you do a good job, not a bad job. Who wants to be on a multi-billion production when your skills are not close to 100%. If you are like me, it can be very difficult to get a role without the proper background, so you have to keep pushing forward no matter what. This can be a very slow process, especially when you have to work another job and are a mother.
I will recommend that to avoid “burn out,” you may dislike this. However, we really need to spend some time away from electronics like the cell phone, computer, tablet, ipad, television, etc. Anything that can cause an addiction, I suggest pushing it aside to focus on what you really need to work on. If you start feeling overwhelmed, try the gym, change your diet, and find a supportive friend who can help you. I sometimes like to go camping with my family and will have my cell phone off to try to ground myself with nature.
Acting takes a lot of work, ambition, and determination.
You are a person of great influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂
Having lived through the welfare system, I would definitely change how the welfare system is set up. I have no idea what to call this movement, though. Too many people are blindsided by the welfare system previous laws and regulations from twenty years ago compared to what it has turned out today. Families having to wait two to ten years to get into a public housing home or Section 8, rent is based on 30% of your income before taxes, including your child support, which excludes the utility bills. Oh! This is only the beginning, there are so many other factors going on that makes it very difficult for someone to leave the welfare system and to have a stable life.
In my area, the cost of living for a family of 5 is about 90K. The amount of people in my area, currently, makes less than 55K, sadly, most of the public schools are now title one schools, where children get free meals.
I can actually write a book about this problem, perhaps, I might one day.
What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why. Please share a story or example for each.
- Five things….hmmm…. I wish I knew more about particular acting techniques before I started. These techniques have helped me improve my craft, such as techniques from Uta Hagen, Stella Adlar, Konstantin Stanislavaski, and Lee Strasberg. I have not learned Meisner’s Technique yet, but I am hoping to do so soon.
- A lot of people think they can jump right into acting, but I was blessed to be able to intern for John Pallotta for two years. He helped give me a good starting point in the business side, before jumping right into the film industry.
- Learning to expand your craft in acting is a never ending process, from learning different dialects, cultures, background and so much more.This may be part of the reason why I love to act, so much!
- You need a lot of experience before asking a talent agent to accept you. There are a lot of talent agents that can help you and in several different categories, so make sure that once you find this agent, make sure that you can really connect without having to pay them money.
- Though, I am not SAG yet, being SAG looks complicating with all of their rules and regulations. I will definitely need help with becoming a part of SAG when the time is right. I discovered on my own that it is better to get experience before joining a Union and being an actress can become very expansive from union fees, classes, driving costs, etc.
Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?
“Hate the sin and not the sinner.” If you do not agree with what the person is doing do not hate the person nor be judgemental. Everyone has a reason for what they do.
Almost like acting! Actors need to understand the character’s history and environment to place themselves in their character’s shoes. Why is this character so mean to the other class students? Once you learn about the character’s background, you learn the reason.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?
Oh gosh! My new husband, Robert, my best friend for five years. He would help clean the house, take care of the children, cook dinner, go grocery shopping, and even make sure I wake up in the mornings, since my alarm clock isn’t very loud. Without him in my life, I would not be able to reach my dreams.
Some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might see this. 🙂
This is a difficult question. There are so many people. So for now, I would say Keenu Reeves because throughout his fame he still remained grounded and has deserved my admiration.
How can our readers follow you on social media?
People can find my facebook page @rosejeneverepage
Or on Twitter @rose_jenevere
Other ways for people to find me is through my television show at www.behindtheset.net
Thank you so much for joining us. This was very inspirational!