Rising Star Wendy Regalado: “Never stop preparing yourself as a professional; be ready to pounce when the opportunity comes”

Never stop preparing yourself as a professional and have patience because it takes time and effort. Believe in yourself and be ready to pounce when the opportunity comes 🙂 As a part of my interview series with popular culture stars, I had the pleasure of interviewing Wendy Regalado. Wendy Regalado is a professional actress, TV host/presenter, […]

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Never stop preparing yourself as a professional and have patience because it takes time and effort. Believe in yourself and be ready to pounce when the opportunity comes 🙂

As a part of my interview series with popular culture stars, I had the pleasure of interviewing Wendy Regalado. Wendy Regalado is a professional actress, TV host/presenter, and model. She has been working for many years as an actress on different platforms including TV, theater and films. Wendy has also done some work as a model and as an actress in commercials for various media platforms, including print, and music videos with artists such as DJ Khaled. She is currently doing some work as a social media influencer for events and brands. Wendy is best known for her work as “Lucia” on the Nickelodeon TV series Grachi. She has also worked on several soap operas (telenovelas) for the Hispanic market on Telemundo and Univision. Wendy has also worked on several films and recently starred in Jenni a short film which has been critically acclaimed and garnered several nominations and awards in film festivals around the world.

Thank you so much for joining us Wendy! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

Since I was a child I have always wanted to be an actress. I was always watching actresses and TV show presenters and trying to imitate them. Throughout that time, my mother and grandmother would encourage me to participate in plays at church; this was my start to working as an actress. The first time I had a script in my hands I had no idea how I was going to learn all of my lines, but I was so happy. The show was successful and I enjoyed every moment on stage. From then on my life became a pursuit of being on that stage. I studied Broadcasting Journalism at the university thinking it would be a good path to getting on a stage, in front of cameras as a TV presenter, but the theater was my first love. After graduating I had the opportunity to live a dream as I was able to act on my country’s biggest stage, in its most prominent theater. Little did I know that it was just the beginning. Now I am blessed to do what I love, never taking for granted the patience and discipline it took to get to this point and what it will take to keep living my dreams.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started this career?

One of the most interesting stories was in a casting for the series where I got my first big break. The casting call was for a teenager and at that time I was already in my late 20’s so in my mind I was going to the casting for the experience, even though in reality I looked much younger than my actual age. When the casting agent and producers asked me my age I was not sure that the truth was going to help me, but I told them anyway. Turns out they really liked my casting and were actually happy about my age. I learned that day to not put up obstacles for myself and take every opportunity to be on stage.

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’t think of a particular funny story, but something that I have learned with time is to know how to say “No”. In this industry, there are people that just want to take advantage of you. It’s really difficult when you are just starting out because everything is an opportunity but you have to take a minute and analyze “does this really matter” to you as a person and/or as a professional.

What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?

Right now I am still promoting my short film Jenni, which received critical acclaim as winner of several film festival awards in various film festivals all around the world. I have a new film project in the Dominican Republic and two TV series pilots that are coming soon.

I’m also creating content for social media related to wellness. It’s a topic that is apart from my acting career but it is something that I am also passionate about. I enjoy sharing with people positive lifestyle choices, including fitness, meditation, diet, and wellness treatments. The content for Wellness by Wen can be found on Instagram, Facebook and on Neomujer USA, a social media channel that appears on Facebook and YouTube.

I’m also very excited to announce that I’m working on a clothing line in partnership with Arias Couture with my Wellness by Wen brand.

Who are some of the most interesting people you have interacted with? What was that like? Do you have any stories?

Being in this industry for a while, I’ve been able to interact with all kinds of people. In meeting different people I’ve had the chance to learn quite a bit about creating content and which has helped me in producing my show Wellness by Wen. And now producing the show I’m interacting with new people in the wellness industry, which I am just soaking up as I’m learning something new every day.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?

My advice is to always keep focused on what you really want and to put into action. Surround yourself with people that are positive and of like mind.

Never stop preparing yourself as a professional and have patience because it takes time and effort. Believe in yourself and be ready to pounce when the opportunity comes 🙂

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. 🙂

There are many things happening in our society that trouble me, but the two that I have focused on the most with my support has been domestic violence and child abuse. There are many wonderful organizations and movements out there to help these causes, to raise awareness and to support victims.

I would encourage everybody to find a cause that you are passionate about and give of your time, talents, and efforts. Paul McCartney wrote that in the end “the love you take is equal to the love you make”. I don’t know about equal but I find it to be a good philosophy in general.

What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why. Please share a story or example for each.

1-Sometimes this business is not based on who has the best talent or is the best professional and you have to learn to be OK with that or make your own breaks.

2- Be prepared at all times. I’m not just talking about knowing my lines, although that is very important, but also to be ready for a last-minute casting call or call back. You never know when a great opportunity will present itself.

3-Every audition is different and there is always something to learn, even when things don’t go well.

4-It is very important and useful to have a prepared monologue ready to go and to be flexible enough to improvise upon request.

5-It is so important to find the right manager and to find someone that believes in your talent and will be your champion. This makes so much of a difference.

Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?

“No one is you and that’s your superpower”

You are unique. Embrace yourself every moment of your life and do not compare your life or circumstances with others. Everyone has a star and is special.

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?

I am appreciative of the opportunity that a few different people gave me to get me started in this career and I am thankful for the opportunity to grow through the different experiences I’ve had. There are people who will believe in you and can push you to go for more… these are the people with whom you need to surround yourself. My husband Eddy is one of these people. Thank you for always being there and saying “yes” to all my craziness 🙂

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. 🙂

Eva Longoria is someone that I admire. She’s not just a wonderful actress, she’s a producer, director, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and activist. Another of my favorites is Jennifer Lopez. Her personality and that tenacity that she has to fight for her everything she has gotten in her career is a great example to have. To see women level up in this industry motivates me to keep going

How can our readers follow you on social media?

Twitter: @WendyRegalado

Instagram: @WendyRegalado

Facebook: Wendy Regalado

Thank you so much for joining us. This was very inspirational!

Thank you for having me 🙂

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