We had the good fortune of connecting with Rachael Wotherspoon and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rachael, what inspires you?
I’m inspired by the underdogs of the world. I’m constantly inspired by stories of people who came from what some might call ‘humble beginnings’, who struggled at the beginning or who had substantial setbacks – but kept going. I relate to this on a personal level, so I decided to channel this feeling positively, as well as keeping perspective and gratitude at the forefront of my mind. Whenever I would feel impacted by things I thought I couldn’t change, move or overcome, I’d channel (and still do) those people I look up to; the ones who were in a similar situation or worse and who stayed on their path. I’m inspired by any person out there working hard toward achieving their dreams and goals, persisting and staying true to themselves at the same time.
Please tell us more about your art. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I don’t know where I’d be without my Art to be honest! Stepping into someone else’s shoes through Acting was an escape from bullies at school initially, but most importantly I think it’s a way to listen to, empathize with and try to understand another person, to find them in yourself and vice versa. Getting to where I am today wasn’t that easy; straight after High School was a particularly rough time for my family and pursuing Acting or studying Acting full-time wasn’t an option for me. So I set out working multiple jobs and attending Drama School through night classes, it was very hard work but worth it. I know I’m not alone in this challenge and people are facing much bigger challenges than this every single day, I have so much to be grateful for (my family for one). I’m so thankful to now be booking roles and Writing / Producing my own work – involving other Actors so they can show the world what they’ve got! What sets my work apart is my empathy for others; I started working at a young age, this gave me a lot of experience around people older and wiser than me. This taught me perspective, hard work and respect for every job and I bring these experiences to my characters and stories. I want people to know that if you’ve ever felt alone, misunderstood or overlooked, please keep going, your story is one that will inspire others, a diverse voice and your story is what the world needs! Yours will speak to someone, you can guarantee it, so keep going! And so will I!
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
To Eat: I’d take them to one of two LA landmark restaurants I’m in love with: El Coyote on Beverly Blvd. or Barney’s Beanery on Santa Monica Blvd. The history in these two places blows my mind! And the food is delicious! To Drink: We’d go for a drink at the Chateau Marmont on Sunset Blvd. because that place is magical to me, you can sing at the piano bar and many people who work there are Actors and Writers too, so hearing their stories and maybe even making a new friend is pretty awesome! After that we’d go to No Vacancy in Hollywood and that’s all I’ll say about that, because the rest is a secret! Shhh! To Hang Out: We’d start with one of Lily’s famous coffees at the Canyon Country Store in Laurel Canyon, relax and enjoy the sun and conversation. Then onto the Thrift Stores on Melrose, check out the Mural Art on Melrose and more Art at LACMA. From there we’d head up PCH to Malibu, to swim, dream, watch the sun set and back to Hollywood for a Groundlings Show!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d like to shout out to my friend and Writing Mentor – Josh Cagan. I met Josh when I first arrived in Los Angeles knowing no one and from the very beginning he was so encouraging. He reminded me that there are people out there who will look out for you, give you a shot and who will believe in you. Los Angeles felt intimidating – Josh reminded me why I was here. I am so grateful to him.
Photo 1 – No credit – my film image Photo 2 – No credit – my film image Photo 3 – LAIFFA Photo 4 – ‘Bloodsucka Jones v The Creeping Death’ Photo 5 – ‘Deliver Ants’ Photo 6 – No credit – my film image Photo 7 – ‘Two Deaths’ Photo 8 – No credit – my film image