We had the good fortune of connecting with Rebekah Tripp and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rebekah, what’s the most important think you’ve done for your children?
As an artist, I think it’s extremely important that my child sees the work that I do in this world. I don’t have typical business hours but it’s always been important to me that if I’m going off to film something or to rehearse for a play, my daughter knows that I’m going to work; that I’m going to pursue my passion as well as my career. I believe that we, as parents, determine what our children perceive as ‘success’. I try to allow my daughter to see my successes and my struggles. We talk a lot about celebrating moments in our life that feel good. So when I recently booked a guest star on a television show, we celebrated it like crazy! Adversely, when I have to attempt to balance a self tape audition that comes through last minute, work my remote survival job, solo parent for the day, orchestrate her online virtual learning….she sees my struggle. We talk about that side of it too. I also try to be open with her about the impact that she makes on me. We pretend and imagine all day. She looks at the world through these incredibly fresh eyes with a perspective that is open and allows for permission of self; so much freedom to explore. I learn from her daily and I let her know that exploring and being creative and curious is an amazing gift and that’s why we do it non stop. She’s also quite the little director so I let her know she is giving me the biggest workout/rehearsal of my life! So I guess the answer to the question is that I hope the most important thing I’ve done is relay to my child that she can make her own rules and continue to give herself permission to explore and expand her creative world. I hope I’ve allowed her the space to realize that success looks different for everyone. I hope that I’ve given her the tools to deal with her celebrations and her struggles; to revel in the moments in which she feels like she’s climbed a huge mountain, and to acknowledge the moments of frustration and struggle and surrender to giving herself time and space to work through them.
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.
I moved to LA about 16 years ago and finding your footing in a city of artists has it’s challenges. I was lucky enough to find an amazing theatre company; Antaeus Theatre, and have continued to mine so many wonderful things from that relationships. Be it the productions I’ve been in, the friendships made, the projects developed, the talent I’ve witnessed – it’s always been a solid foundation from which to work from. I think, in this creative life that I live, the people you surround yourself with become incredibly important. I have a solid network of friends and creatives that inspire me daily. They work, they imagine, and they push themselves to keep going and keep moving and keep creating. The life of an artist is not easy, or at least I have not found it to be so. Loving the art, that’s the easy part, but balancing it with a job that pays, a family, stability, that’s the hard part. I think I’ve found that it’s incredibly important to continue to redefine what success means to oneself. My idea of success looked a lot different at 20 than it does now. That said, I do feel successful, even if it doesn’t look like the picture that I created for myself so many years ago. What do I want others to know about me? That’s a great question. Perception is so tricky. People see you one way, and in reality you are typically something so totally different..and we’re all in a constant state of evolution so it may change from one moment to the next. I guess it’s this; I’m an actor. I’m good at what I do and I want to do more of it and keep doing it until I can’t do it any longer. I’m also a lot of other things and I do my best to be good at those things too. Ultimately, they all feed into each other and balancing all the parts of me, make me better, make me work harder to keep going and keep pushing.
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?
Oh wow. Such a great question. Let’s pretend this is pre or post pandemic so I’ll just shoot for the stars with this. I mean, we’d probably start off most mornings going for a hike, from Griffith park to Topanga to Point Dume in Malibu. And depending on where we started the day, we would most likely explore that area. In Malibu, after Point Dume, we would hit up Lily’s for some Tacos. We’d drive along the PCH and probably stop along the beach at some point. It’d be a pretty chill day. If we hiked up in Griffith Park, we would have to check out the Griffith Observatory at some point and most likely grab lunch at Trails Cafe. In the evening, probably grab some wine at Farfalla Vinoteca. At some point we would check out the LA Zoo, because my kiddo loves it and we’d have to make a stop. I’d check in at the Autry to see if they had Odd Nights going at some point in the week to stop by. It’s an amazing little market that takes over the outdoor area at the Autry, they have local vendors, crafts, and food trucks with live music. It is amazing and a lot of fun. And then at some point we’d make our way to Sherman Oaks to grab a coffee at M Street Coffee, which is the best coffee shop in LA! After we’re caffeinated we might walk a few blocks and grab dinner at Boneyard Bistro which is a tremendous BBQ and Bourbon restaurant. I suggest the Mint Julep!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would not be where I am without the support of my husband and daughter. They make all things possible. Artistically and creatively, I am indebted to my work husband; Cameron Thrower. We discovered a symbiosis that existed between us with respect to our individual passions and career goals. On top of being a tremendous friend, he is also an amazing producing partner, director, motivator, and constant inspiration. He leads with kindness and motivates himself and others around him to be the best that they can be and to make possible the things they long to achieve. I also have the best management team on the planet! Pure Talent Management believes in me fully and supports my drive to work and create. Katrina and Connor get me into rooms (virtually, at the moment) and get my name out there. They are a dream team.
Connor Clayton Photography, Karianne Flaathen Photography, Jesse Aragon