Tanna Frederick seems to do it all. As an actress, philanthropist and athlete, Frederick can't be stopped. She has won multiple awards for her acting chops including Method Fest's “Performer to Watch", the Los Angeles Women's Theatre Festival's “Maverick" Award and Best Actress at World Fest Houston, Montana International Film Festival, Fargo Film Festival and the Wild Rose Film Festival.
The Iowa native doesn't limit herself to performing, she also founded the Iowa Film Festival and Project Save Our Surf, a nonprofit dedicated to ocean conservation, improving the availability of freshwater to those in need. SWAAY sat down with Frederick to find out about the hard work and dedication she puts forward to keep up with her active lifestyle and many hats she wears.
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1. When did you know you wanted to be an actress?
7 years old.
2. What were some challenges you face being the first female producer of a VR narrative?
3. You've won a lot of awards for your work how does it feel to be recognized for your talent?
That keeps my inner critic, as long as I can withhold her, in a constant battle to push further and consistently recreate myself as an artist without a bar. There is no bar to be set. Our bar as artists is to discover more and push ourselves more. It's like pushing a boulder uphill to keep up with my own criticism and be satiated with my own work.
4. We know you love fitness, how do you incorporate it into your busy schedule?
5. How do you think your athletic abilities help you in your career?
6. Can you tell us a little about “Project Save Our Surf"?
7. You also founded the Iowa Film Festival, what inspired you?
There is the Iowa cliche in film which constitutes an idea of all budding directors and actors and producers coming from Iowa or some state that begins with a vowel. But the reality is the industry is built on those transplants and their dreams. It's just a shame that because of tax breaks or cheap labor the industry takes advantage and moves projects from state to state. I was trying to set up shop for more opportunities in the Midwest. Voices that haven't been heard and deserve to be heard. I want to help smaller voices to be loud and strong no matter what the socio-economic supposed values of the region are.
8. What were some difficulties you had starting “Project Save Our Surf" and the Iowa Film Festival?
9. What is your favorite role you've played?
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It's my job as an actor to make the playwright look brilliant. Being a student at the University of Iowa and given that challenge to communicate an individual's vision was eye-opening. It's not about me or anybody's perception but about being a working cog in the clock to communicate to an audience.
10. What is your dream role?
11. Who is inspires you most?
12. What is some advice you have for girls who want to start a nonprofit or want to be in the entertainment industry?
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