Rosa Ramírez

Exclusive: Interview with Artist Rosa Ramírez

"One piece of advice I'd give to aspiring artists is to know yourself and be sure of who you are as a person." - Rosa Ramírez.

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Just American News recently had the chance to interview the wonderful actor, writer, and director Rosa Ramírez. Known for her spectacular work in ‘Murder at Memory Manor’ and the ‘Echoes of Greatness’ commercial, we gained insights into her work, upcoming projects, and much more!

Q. Welcome to Just American News! It’s wonderful to have you on our platform! Growing up in the Dominican Republic, how did the landscape and culture influence your artistic journey?

Thank you for having me on your platform! Growing up in the Dominican Republic has to be one of the most unique experiences a person could have. My country is a melting pot for so many different cultures. The blend of African, Taino, and Spanish traditions can be beautifully appreciated in so many different ways. I believe that growing up in such a culturally diverse country made me appreciate art and all its different faces without judgment. It’s beautiful how the people of the Dominican Republic who feel the call to create, create no matter what, it’s something I can see in myself as well and I definitely owe it to my island and those who create the beauty of it.

Q. What was your experience like at JAM Academy, and how did participating in musicals like “Shrek The Musical” and “FAME” shape your early career?

Without JAM Academy, I truly don’t think I would be where I am now. It not only shaped my early career but also instilled a strong work ethic in me from a young age. I absolutely owe the artist that I am today to JAM Academy, the professionalism, dedication, love and respect for the craft that all of my instructors instilled in me was unmatched. I will say it was definitely a rigorous and demanding program, but the result was worth all the work every single person put in. I don’t think there was a better place for me to be at at 16 and not knowing where to start with my career, being held to such high standards when it came to our performance not only in acting, but in choir and in dance as well, absolutely taught me the value of not only hard work but the importance of consistency in the work as well.

The most amazing thing about being part of the academy had to be to get the chance to witness the beginning steps of creating such incredible shows all the way to the last performance. Shrek The Musical was my first show and it was definitely the biggest eyeopener as to how much dedication you need to have for this craft and how much love those around me had for it, it was contagious, this musical holds a very special place in my heart. Then came FAME and I played the role of Grace “Lambchops” Lamb, and this was something different, this time I had a role that showcased my abilities and I did my absolute best, thanks to all of those hours of rehearsals and the dedication of an entire team and fellow classmates, it was the group effort that made these shows as special as they were, I am forever grateful.

Q. Moving to Los Angeles at 18 is a big step. What motivated you to take that leap, and how did you secure a scholarship at AMDA?

My career aspirations, my parents, and even Hannah Montana motivated me to take the leap and move to Los Angeles. Like many kids who grew up watching American movies and TV shows, I knew LA was the place to be if I wanted to become an actor. My parents encouraged me and my siblings to dream big and plan ahead. I did a high school summer conservatory at AMDA the year before I graduated and I knew I wanted to continue my studies there thanks to said program, which also aided me in getting a scholarship at the school.

Q. How did the COVID-19 pandemic impact your studies and artistic development at AMDA?

How didn’t it, it was the most insane process, the world shut down and my whole family was on the other side of the world. It was difficult to find motivation to do anything during that time, especially because the program was so demanding and fast paced before the pandemic, when we went online we all had to adjust, adjust to the new pace, the new environment, the difficulties with the wifi, the difficulties of being home with all sort of distractions, it was truly hard but I would like to think that I did the best that I could during that time period, as we all did.

Q. If you could give one piece of advice to aspiring artists, what would it be?

One piece of advice I’d give to aspiring artists is to know yourself and be sure of who you are as a person. In a world where external influences can shape our identities, it’s important to stay true to yourself and your artistic vision. Don’t let the world define you, embrace your uniqueness and use it to fuel your creativity. Trust your voice, your perspective, and your talents, and don’t be afraid to share them with the world.

Q. What artistic innovations or new creative directions do you hope to explore in the coming years?

In the coming years, I’m excited to explore new creative directions that involve more writing and different roles within the entertainment world. I’ve always had a passion for storytelling, so I look forward to creating projects where I can wear multiple hats, not just as an actor but also as a writer, director, or producer. This open minded approach will allow me to delve deeper into the creative process and bring unique stories to life. Whether it’s creating original scripts, collaborating with other artists, or exploring different genres, I’m excited to expand my horizons and push the boundaries of my creativity.

Q. Lastly, as we ask all our guests on our platform, do you have any closing thoughts that you would like to share with the world and our readers?

Embrace the mindset of trying everything once, because no one else’s experience can define how your experience will feel like. Whether it’s writing, acting, or any other calling, don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone and take risks. Failing is simply another way to learn, and there’s immense value in overcoming personal doubts and challenges. So, dare to dream, dare to fail, and dare to keep pushing forward on your journey of self discovery and creativity.

About the artist: Rosa Ramírez was born amidst the landscapes of the Dominican Republic. The foundation of her theatrical prowess was established at JAM Academy, a beloved children’s musical theater company, where she honed her craft for two years. The call of the stage took her to Los Angeles at the age of 18, where she secured a scholarship at AMDA College and Conservatory for the Performing Arts, marking the beginning of her artistic journey. Beyond the glow of the spotlight, Rosa channels her creative energies towards writing. For her, acting is an odyssey into the complexities of human nature. It is a journey through alternate energies, an opportunity to perceive the world through different eyes, even if those eyes are ultimately her own.

Driven by unwavering determination, Rosa is on a mission to conquer every goal she sets. She recognizes that goals demand hard work, but that perspective does not intimidate her.

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