“Rejection And Struggle Are All Part Of The Package” 5 Insider Tips With Actress Farrah Krenek Of Orange Is The New Black
“Rejection and struggle are all a part of the package… Just because a casting director didn’t choose you or an audition didn’t go they way you wanted doesn’t mean that you suck or you’re worthless.. it just means that role wasn’t for you.”
I had the distinct pleasure to interview actress and anti-bullying activist, Farrah Krenek
What’s your “backstory”?
I’m always flattered, more surprised when I’m asked about my past… For some reason when I was living it back then, nobody even noticed it, but today it’s become like some phenomenon and fashion statement. I was just very misunderstood and bullied and hurt by fellow classmates due to my appearance as non feminine… and back then there was no such thing as arguing “what does a girl look like or what defines a woman”… I could go on about this forever and all it would be worth is complaining… or I can tell you… these rough times and experiences made me and they made me strong and compassionate… that’s who I am and that’s my backstory.
Can you share the funniest or most interesting story that occurred to you in the course of your acting/directing/performing career?
I’d say thing that the funniest thug that I ever experienced in my everything of acting is being admired for what people hated me for back then. The thing is that back in my day when I was a teenager especially… being a girl that looked like a boy or a girl that had a strong masculine energy was frowned upon and you were immediately an outcast… Today of course I feel relieved that it’s more accepting but I have a negative reaction when I see what I lived and went through back then, turned into a fashion statement today. I wasn’t wearing men’s jeans and shirts to prove anything or give the finger to society… I wore it because it was me and I felt like me in them… nothing else.
What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?
Well there always is something in the works :-). This year I’ve had the privilege to work on Gotham and have been chosen for a role for the new and upcoming season of Billions… I have to smile at the roles I’m given… it’s always either a junkie, inmate, criminal or anything mean… I have to laugh at how casting probably sees me as someone that kills dinner lol… I promise you I’m not vicious :-)
Who are some of the most famous people you have interacted with? What was that like? Do you have any stories?
I’ve had the privilege of working with many famous actors and have the honor of getting to know some of them and working back to back with them in film and television. I had the pleasure of meeting Edie Falco while working on Nurse Jackie Seasons 5 and 6. She was beyond kind and really wonderful. Working alongside Tina Fey and Amy Poehler was also a privilege.. Working with such professional actors for such long hours and many days not only teaches you discipline but it also surprises you by establishing friendships and feeling eternally thankful that you were able to get the job done… Fame really is a four letter word… it’s no different than love, rich or hate… In other words if you have it… what are you going to do with it? I want to make a difference by having a voice for all the girls out there like me that feel they don’t have one. That’s why I’m here.
Which people in history inspire you the most? Why?
Mother Teresa and Princess Diana. They lived to make people’s lives better… they warmed peoples hearts by love, compassion and understanding. I really don’t think there can be a more beautiful gift than that.
What advice would you give to someone considering a career in Hollywood?
Honestly… do it. Do it because if you don’t you’ll always wonder what could have been… But please don’t do it because you think that you’ll never make it if you don’t go. A place doesn’t define your career… you do. You could be very successful as an actor in NY just as you could fail in Hollywood. To me, there is no such thing as failure as long as you’re still trying. Endless people say that acting is a starving career… that you’ll never pay bills… you’ll never have money… Well… I know many people that don’t act and have had to file for bankruptcy.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
I’d like to think that if I’ve ever touched the life of anyone… I did it by being me. I can’t give anything but myself.. I wouldn’t know how. When you give the gift of you, you’ve done something that nobody else can because there is only one you.. Nobody can fill that role.
What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why. Please share a story or example for each.
1-SACRIFICE. When you want to achieve anything in life no matter what profession you choose, you have to put aside any form of vanity, entertainment or distraction.
2-DISCIPLINE. It’s not a burden or routine or same old song… it’s a regime you have to maintain to balance yourself and not lose sight of what you’re after.
3-SELF WORTH. Rejection and struggle are all a part of the package… Just because a casting director didn’t choose you or an audition didn’t go they way you wanted doesn’t mean that you suck or you’re worthless.. it just means that role wasn’t for you.
4-RELATIONSHIPS. You’ll very quickly learn who genuinely loves you for just being you… and regarding friendships… you’ll quickly learn who was never your friend to begin with.
5-STRUGGLE. It’s pure insanity… the word itself says everything… But please don’t give up… keep going.
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Ellen DeGeneres… what a darling of a woman. I’ve always wanted to do a duo in comedy with her and remind her that she once said that if she ever found out that years later a younger, more funnier,more attractive woman came along that could speak 3 languages she’d have no choice but to have her killed… Well… I do speak the languages and I’m only a little younger but aside from that she wins with everything Else! I’d like her to know how talented and beautiful and funny I think she is so she knows that NOBODY could ever take her place! Maybe only if she let me replace her during a vacation or sick leave lol