Interview by Nik Hollywood
Hi Renee!! It’s a great pleasure to have you as our guest on Vocespettacolo.com. Lets’ start from the first question.. Let’s have a jump into the past. What was your dream since when you were a kid? What would you like to do?
When I was a kid I couldn’t decide what I wanted to be. At first a teacher, then a firefighter, a fashion designer, an actress, a marine biologist, a mom, a foster mom, a pediatric surgeon, a taxi driver, a chemist. Still working on most of those, some of them I’ve accomplished, and some I’ve let go of.
Who is Renee Eddy?
I’m still very eclectic. When things come along I like to go with it. I set goals for myself, work for them, and usually end up accomplishing them in unexpected ways. I wanted to be a teacher and taught swim lessons in High School and English at a private Islamic school in Asia for a while. That wasn’t the way I’d envisioned I’d become a teacher as a kid, but while I was there I was able to do modeling and play in commercials. I wore traditional garb to classes to be respectful of traditions, and after I’d head off to auditions and go-sees on the back of a motorcycle taxi and change into more casual clothes when arriving. All were fun and fit me, and I got to live out multiple dreams at a time, while experiencing different cultures. I enjoy adventure, spontaneiety, and one of my worst fears is probably being bored. Wine, good music, and good company make me happy. Listening to people talk about their passions inspire me.
How did you start and how was your first experience in the industry?
In fashion, my first real experience was modeling for my friend Wil, who now runs Sircus Magazine. At the time, the set we completed ended up being picked up by guyspeed.com and reshared through them with other outlets. Modeling led to commercials which I still love to work on and lately I’ve gotten to do some short films. Working on sets make me want to get more involved with production. Right now I’m working on a few reality TV projects that depict women in strong roles as they develop themselves and their character while overcoming challenges.
Can you tell us something about your experience?
In the arts, nothing is the same from job to job. From auditions, concepts, clients, crews, venues/locations, and talent/models. It takes you out of your element and forces you to take on different roles and constantly change. The more you know, the easier it is to get work in a competitive industry. It’s important to be adaptable.
What’s the best and worst aspect of your job?
Never knowing what you’re doing next until you’re doing it. It’s exciting and frustrating but I love it.
How do you handle the pressure that this type of job involves?
Surrounding myself with good friends. They are all artists in their own ways and are so supportive and understanding. We are all different and bring out different sides to eachother. Random trips to the mountains for rafting ending with people playing instruments around a campfire, good wine and some vinyl or cassettes, listening to some friend’s band or local DJ’s, watching another’s runway show or screening. Seeing the final projects are the best part and having your friends create it makes it better.
What does Renee like the most about herself and what the least?
I can get along fine nearly anywhere in the world. I have the worst sense of direction.
What are your best satisfactions you’ve had in your life and career?
Can ask me later be my answer? I’m not done yet…
What are your projects for the future?
In the upcoming future I have a short film that’s in post now called Bye and a mystery short that will begin filming in January.
Also I work with HealED, a non-profit for eating disorder prevention, that is putting out a docu-series called 30 Days In a Bikini.
In the distant future, no idea. I don’t like to set plans like that. I know I’d like to work in and hopefully help to build the Seattle fashion and film industry as the Pacific Northwest will always be my home. But if the opportunity came from anywhere for the right project, I’d go for it. I’d like to be able to act, model, and produce around the world and to eventually work as a designer, or maybe a script writer or producer. It would be incredible to me to create programming for girls that gives them a positive image about themselves and others.