Rashia Whitlock – Blessed
Words and interview by: T4S Staff
We met Rashia Whitlock in Atlanta during the BET Hip Hop Awards weekend of 2014 and she had a wonderful personality. She’s working hard to achieve her goals and is definitely someone to look out for. We wish her the best.
Tell us a little bit about yourself. Where are you from?
Yes. My name is Rashia Whitlock. I am an actress who hails from Indianapolis, IN. I am truly on a journey that God has set out for me. There have been a few bumps along the way but it has been a great, smooth, and blessed journey for the most part.
Indianapolis is a tough city to make it in. Was pursuing your dreams hard?
No, it was not. I knew what I wanted to do and I knew that I did not want to stay here. In my opinion there is alot of great talent in Indianapolis. I believe the problem is that it’s a crutch. So many people are afraid to leave the city for several reasons. I think one of the reasons is that people are afraid of the competition the major cities for our industry have, and the second reason is that people have to be willing to put in the work and dedication. There are great training programs here for the arts, but you’ve got to be willing to take a huge leap of faith and make the necessary steps. I was always told, “God gave you gifts to share with the world, not to keep to yourself.”
What was your first acting gig?
The first real acting project I received was when I was 12 or 13 and I was placed as the lead in my churchs Easter play. Generally from the ages of 12-19/20, you spend those years trying to decide what you want to be. I acted has a hobby and minored in it in college, but it wasn’t until my Sophomore year at Texas Southern University that I decided I wanted to pursue this as my career.
How did you get a part in “Django” and what was the experience like?
I think the only word to describe my whole experience then and now that I took from Django is a BLESSING. My friend told me they were casting and at that time I didn’t have a very good agent so I took a chance and sent over my information myself. About 2 hours later I got a call asking me to come in the following week for the audition and the rest was history. I believe that was no one but God giving me the confirmation that this is what I was supposed to be doing with my life.
Do you have any other film projects coming up?
Well my latest project (Micheal Bays “Project Almanac”) hits theaters January 30th. I worked on the Buddy Bolden biopic called, “Bolden” recently and a few other things. I haven’t been very vocal about my projects here lately because I’ve been super busy. I just kind of work and move on to the next thing. I’d rather show than tell. I can say that I am proud of every single thing I’ve done and am doing because it trains me for what is next to come.
Great! Other than acting what have you been doing?
Other than acting I have just been studying with my coach, trying to perfect my craft. I have also been doing some charity work and have a few hosting things scheduled. I have been asked to host the “2015 Charlotte International Fashion Week” so I am very excited about participating. Fashion is my second passion.
We understand you’ve done some things for Breast Cancer as well?
Yes, I recently wrote a breast cancer editorial. It meant so much for me to do this because I don’t think women understand how blessed we are to still have our breasts, nor understand the struggle women who have breast cancer go through. I am blessed enough to know women who have both survived and not survived from the disease. I believe this a part of why this disease is dear to my heart.
What do you use as motivation to reach your goals?
Actually there are several things. One being I know my purpose for my career and who I am aiming to become. Secondly, I use the way I want to live my life and the things I want to do with the community and world as a motivation. Thirdly, I focus on the things that I’ve seen and don’t want to happen to me or my career as a motivation as well.
Are you in a relationship currently?
I became single recently but I am married to my career and we get along great!
Who would you love to work with if you had a choice?
Someone I would absolutely love to work with would be Diahann Carroll. She’s my role model. I’ve met her once and she was amazing. The poise and class she carries is the epitome of how every woman should be. If I could work with anyone it would be a honor to work with her. She has truly paved the way.
Tell us something about you that people may find surprising?
Lol, well I think people would find it very funny that I’m a big chicken. I’m very scary with things like haunted houses, scary movies, etc.
Lastly, how can you be contacted for business?
I can be reached for any booking inquiries through my publicist, Destiny Loyd at Destinylyd@gmail.com.