We had the good fortune of connecting with Heidi Ramee and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Heidi, is there something you can share with us that those outside of the industry might not be aware of?
One thing that outsiders may not be aware of is that performing (acting in my case) forces you to become extremely introspective and self aware. Being on camera you have to notice every movement, every facial expression, and look inward to analyze where it’s coming from and why it’s showing up on screen. So much of the business is marketing, so you are forced to look at yourself as a product which, generally speaking, is not great for a person’s mental health. It’s so easy, particularly in entertainment, to play the comparison game and feel like you’re never enough and never doing enough, especially in the age of social media. There are two sides to every coin though and I think living in this industry is what prompted me to pursue my own mental health journey which has given me the tools to lead a much more intentional and present life in all areas. I’m grateful for the introspection.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
For so long, my art has been acting, and it still is, but one of the silver linings of this past year is that I’ve had time to pursue music for the first time since high school and explore being a vocalist. My bandmates Jon Kennedy and Steve Vahle and I have been able to form our trio (Jon on keys, Steve on percussion, and me singing) and play mostly Bosa Nova and Samba tunes. It’s been such a gift and creative outlet to have the opportunity to play for people outdoors (and socially distanced of course). For most artists, it’s not an easy or predictable life, especially starting out, and collaborating with others is what has consistently gotten me though the dry spells and tough times, whether that be collaborating with my fellow actors from Robert D’Avanzo’s class to create our own content, or collaborating with Jon and Steve on getting a set together that we can perform. It’s a journey and the people you surround yourself with are what shape it. I’m very lucky with the people I get to be around. Feel free to check out my work on my website heidiramee.com.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If I had a friend visiting the area for the first time, we would have to start at least one morning with coffee and breakfast at Aroma Cafe in Studio City. They have such an extensive and delicious menu, but I always opt for getting the most giant piece of carrot cake I’ve ever seen in my life. For afternoon activities, I would take them to the Huntington Gardens (during peacock season) to see the beautiful and unique plants that survive there, or we would head up PCH to Saddlerock Ranch and do a wine hike through the vineyards there, ending in a wine tasting. As evening approaches, there are so many options! If it’s summer time, I would take them to Cinespia; epic outdoor screenings of classic movies in the Hollywood Forever Cemetary. You can bring your wine, picnic, blankets and pillows and watch the movie in the midst of the grave stones of some of Hollywood’s most legendary stars. I highly suggest heading to Siverlake Wines, or Lou’s natural wine shop beforehand to buy some delicious natural wine, which is becoming very popular in LA. Other evening options include checking out what’s playing at the Hollywood Bowl and enjoying an outdoor concert, or having in intimate dinner at Figaro, the authentic French bistro in Los Feliz where all the wait staff I’ve encountered speak French.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are so many I want to give a shoutout to, but at this point in my life I feel the most affected and supported by my teacher Robert D’Avanzo and everyone in his Wednesday night acting class. Every time we gather in that little theater, I am so incredibly inspired by everyone and their unique talents they bring to the group. My favorite tradition is at the end of every class, we reflect on the work we all did that night and I have picked up so many specific tools and ideas from watching my fellow actors in that room. Robert fosters an environment free of ego and competition and gives us a space to make genuine friendships and learn from each other. I’m so grateful for the life connections and professional collaborations that have come from this class.

Website: https://www.heidiramee.com/

Instagram: @heidi_camille_ramee

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Youtube: Heidi Ramee

Image Credits
Jonny Marlow, Beverly Hills Playhouse

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