Interview with ROXANNA TABATABAI (@r.oxannaa)
Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
From as long as I can remember I knew that I had always wanted to become an Actress. I grew up going to acting classes that my dad would take me to in San Francisco and I remember that amongst the different hobbies that I used to do, acting was by far my favorite. I don’t remember how many short films that I had been cast in when I was younger and who knows where they are today but only one of them is actually listed on my IMDB. I think what brought me to be on this specific career path was that I had always enjoyed putting on a show for others and I felt like I learned a lot about myself from characters that I got to play the role of. Though I grew up participating in modeling, singing, acting, and pageants, I always appreciated being a part of the entertainment industry as a whole. This helped me understand that acting was what I was most interested in.
Can you share the most interest in exciting happened to you since you started doing this?
The most interesting story that I can think of since I began acting was when I was a background extra for the Dwayne Johnson film San Andreas. I got to immerse myself in what a major movie production looked like behind the scenes and the most interesting part was getting to witness a helicopter landing in AT&T Park for the movie. My friend Cassidy and I did it together and they actually asked my dad to be in one of the scenes because he had driven us that day.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them thrive and not “burn out”?
Don’t allow things get to you is one piece of advice I would provide to my colleagues in my field to help them grow and avoid “burnout.” Even if it’s easier said than done, having a strong support system and genuine friends and family in your corner makes life so much better. Self Care is also a huge way to avoid burnout in any industry, Investing in yourself will pay off in so many ways. Everything works better when you’re happier and more driven to give your all in every aspect of your life. Exercising and being in nature are also things that just can always improve my mood no matter the situation.
None of us can succeed 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 think one person that has always been there to support me and who helped me to get to where I am now would be my mother. She started off in full blown mom-ager mode and has over time gotten busier but she is the reason that I got to do everything that I have done. She was always there with headshot appointments, callback times, she made sure I was eating and she has always been my biggest supporter. She always says “you will run the world some day” and while I know that she’s bias…she has been the reason that I was able to believe in myself.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
I have always been willing to use my success to bring goodness your the world. I was given the Presidential Service Award when I was younger, and I have always been passionate about helping other people. Some of the organizations I’ve supported include Rising Worldwide (formerly known as Rising International), which has allowed me to help the promotion of their work and organization through my volunteer work and use of my platform to promote their events. I then participated in the annual activities of the Parti Program (Positive Alternative Recreation Team-building Impact), modeled in one of their fashion shows, and offered my services as a volunteer for the organization.
Do you have a favorite “written Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
The saying “Everything Happens for a Reason” is one of my favorites to live by. The fact that you are always exactly where you need to be at the perfect time despite the fact that this is a generally held view, I thoroughly agree with it. This concept applies to the time I applied to a school and got turned down. I had my heart set on that college, so it felt like the end of the world, but it also gave me the motivation to move out of my comfort zone and find my people. It helped enable me to see the wider picture, which included everything that needed to happen for me to succeed for the rest of my life.
How can our readers follow you on social media?
You can follow me on Instagram @r.oxannaa and on TikTok @roxannatab
Anything specific you’d like to have mentioned in the article?
You can include the Getty’s image if you want!!