We had the good fortune of connecting with Rosie Moss and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rosie, how do you think about risk?
Taking risks is an enormous part of the career I’ve chosen. In addition to a lack of financial security, there’s the big one: that all the time, effort, money, and passion that I’ve poured into this very difficult profession will not turn into the success I envision for myself. Choosing a life of auditioning and gig work also means you may miss family gatherings, weddings and vacations, because suddenly you get busy right when you’ve made other plans. And everyday, I have to walk into new spaces, confidently introduce myself, and be open enough to let the work I’ve done flow out. Acting in itself can feel as risky as jumping out of a plane – which I’ve done! Preparing and rehearsing are essential, but the true magic comes from trusting in yourself and the work you’ve done, to let all that go. The goal is to live in each moment as if it’s the first time you’ve heard these words and react. It’s human to think, “what if I mess up? What if I forget what happens next?!” But the trick is, in a conscious sense, to forget what happens next, in order to be fully in the moment you are in. That process of letting go can feel very risky!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’ve found that pursuing a career in the arts means a lifetime of learning and being open to change. I keep myself busy by saying “yes.” I challenge myself to develop new skills and work on my craft. Most of the time you will not book the jobs you go out for, but every audition, every class, is movement in the right direction. And you never know when one of those experiences will pay off. I had a casting director, who I had met several years earlier at another appointment, talk about what a great impression I had initially left. I like to think about it like planting. Seeds don’t magically become trees. They need sunlight and water and special attention. A career takes time to develop. Some seasons are harsh; some are fruitful. I’ve found that patience and fortitude are keys to success.
Most recently I shot the lead role for a horror film called “Blood Born.” The cast and crew were awesome. I could shout-out everyone but I’ll start with Antoine Perry, who played my husband, Reed Shusterman, our writer/ director, and our producers: Cindi Rice, Dana Guerin, John Frank Rosenblum and Adria Baratta. While we’re in this “stay-at-home” situation, I hope they will release it soon so we can all watch! Some other highlights include, starring in a mini series called “The Rookie” for the Lifetime Network, shooting an episode of “The Conners” with Laurie Metcalf, and acting in a short I wrote and produced called “Enchanted, LLC.”
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?
I’d suggest spending a lot of time outside! I love hiking Temescal Canyon, Griffith Park and Angeles National Forest. Take them to yoga at Roam and HIIT classes at Training Mate. Enjoy some vegan food at Cafe Gratitude or Gracias Madre. I’m also a big fan of the Huntington Botanical Gardens and the Norton Simon Museum. And for some jazz and a fancy martini, I’d recommend Vibrato.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
In a roundabout way, learning to play touch football with ZogSports taught me a tremendous amount about my acting work! In addition to being fun, a good workout, and a great way to meet friends, I was able to connect the challenges presented in the sport with the creative work I was doing daily. I could write a whole article about the connection between the two!
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