Interview With Houda Echouafni (@Houdaechouafni )

Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
I loved literature growing up snd I found I could really lose myself in a story, so the challenge became how to tell a story, is it simply through books? Then I discovered the retelling of stories as a traditional art form and that led to acting for both stage and TV, I’m always fascinated by how we can tell a story, our history, our religion our humanity is shaped by the stories we are told.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this?
I was told by one of my drama teachers that I would never make a great actress. I remembered that drama teacher while I was on stage at The Royal Shakespeare Company, and I smiled to myself. I think what she said was the reason I got to that stage. Never let anyone define you.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
To treat each job as the best job in the world, and never become jaded by the industry, you need tough skin but remember to hold on to your vulnerability.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
I had an English teacher, her name was Letitia Jackson, she had too many students in her class but she always made sure that each student felt special, her kindness allowed me to thrive and filled me with confidence, we are still in touch to this day. Teachers are underpaid heroes in my opinion.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? *
I have tried to be honest and open about the challenges in our industry, also I have been open about my recent condition of alopecia, and how it is taboo amongst women to speak about it, especially as an actress a lot of times we are judged by our looks.
Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
This too shall pass.
There is so much rejection that actors have to live through and it can be so demoralizing, a lot of the time people only see the success but don’t see the other 10 auditions you DID’NT get. I find the above sentence helps me get through the hard times and reminds me that rejection only hurts at the moment, and part of the job is to push through, pick yourself up and go out there again.
How can our readers follow you on social media?
I’m on Instagram under @houdaechouafni
Anything specific you’d like to have mentioned in the article?
Playing Mother Mary in Jesus: His Life was one of the most moving experiences of my life, seeing how it has been dubbed in so many languages and enjoyed every Christmas and Easter by so many around the world is very special.