We had the good fortune of connecting with Wida Karim and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Wida, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking.
Risk has been a huge part of my acting journey. Four years ago, I decided to leave behind my 17 year career in public relations to pursue my life-long dream of acting. Needless to say, the leap of faith was not taken lightly. It took me about a year and a half to actually commit to leaving behind a career that I had worked very hard to get; not only the career, but also the great salary, stability and benefits that came with it. For me, the risk was worth taking, because I don’t want to have regrets down the road. I don’t want to be a bitter, old lady always wondering, “what if.” There’s a quote by Jared Leto, “try and fail, but never fail to try,” that has become a mantra for me. It truly encompasses the risk and reward factor of life. We can either fear trying something or have faith and trust that we will be guided in the right direction. If we don’t take risks we will never grow and never know what could have been… Wida Karim imdb.me/widakarim
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 am a MENASA (Middle Easter/North African/South Asian) actor and speak fluent English and Farsi. I’m also trained in basic film combat and boxing. I am proud of how far I’ve come in the last four years. Acting is probably the most challenging career that one can choose to pursue, but learning to celebrate even the small victories makes me realize that I have accomplished a lot in the short time. Not only have I booked dozens of commercials, several short films and indie films, but also two feature films and a Lifetime movie of the week. But my greatest accomplishment is getting my SAG/AFTRA union membership two years ago. Currently, I’m really excited about an upcoming feature film, Faction of a Hitman, which I play a lead role as FBI Agent Nelson. We are slated to start filming in San Jose, CA later in June.
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?
My most favorite places to explore in LA include: The Getty Museum Hike up to the Hollywood sign Santa Monica Mountains National Rec. Area Malibu Lake Trail Griffith Park Melrose Ave. Rodeo Drive The Grove A few places to eat: SUR Restaurant and Lounge Urth Cafe Cafe Gratitude
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I definitely want to thank The Actor’s Collective in North Hollywood ( https://www.theactorscollectivela.com/). They are a one-stop resource for actors providing on-camera audition technique classes, self tape services at $15 (the best price in town!), headshot services, demo reel services, coaching as well as virtual services. The founders are both actors who work on behalf of other actors to provide unparalleled value by bridging the gap between price and quality. Without their weekly, on-camera acting technique classes I would not have the tools, technique or confidence needed to pursue an acting career. I am truly very grateful for everything they have taught me, especially Mark Daugherty.
MARK DAUGHERTY PAMELA MUSGRAVE DON HAYNES