Janet Rodriguez is an actress inspired by the beauty of humanity. It is her prerogative to allow her artistry to become as wide, and as specific of a representation of our collective human emotions, experiences, and complexities. Through every acting course, supporting role, and project she has worked on and will work on, she strives to become more herself while embodying "others" who at first glance feel different from her.
Tell us about a transformative educational experience.
I realized I couldn't fake the funk when I was doing scene work for a belly dancer. My acting coach did not think I showed up as sexy / sensual as my character called for. When he publicly noted that "I could not be sexy unless I knew it in my mind that I was sexy", I realized I had to resolve whatever was getting in the way of my being that. This further demonstrated to me that everything I seek and want to become is within me, even if it is hidden, it is available.
What about transformative professional experiences?
I have always gone "by the book". I dotted my i's and crossed my t's. I was headed to business school (thinking that was the way to grow in my professional career) when I had the great fortune to work for and be mentored by a serial entrepreneur. I went from being a Director of Marketing to being a VP of Strategy from my own creation, learning, and development. I learned that the school of hard knocks is the best teacher, and that no certification, degree, or stamp can replace LIFE experience. Living, fully living, can transform all areas of our lives.
Why I do what I do...
I seek alignment in action, deed, and word. It is the most challenging aspect of my humanity - to be "aligned" in my every day life, in the work that I do, and in how I express myself in relationship, etc., but when it comes to acting, and engaging my self to re-create life, that is when I feel most aligned (even if it doesn't appear to those witnessing my work). It is the most effortless alignment. I want to experience that in my every day life.
What about ECT inspires you?
Honestly, for me, what inspires me most about ECT is as simple and as complicated as "being fearless". I have very little memories of my bold fearless young girl days. They are mostly a blur. I have more memories and experiences of myself giving into my fear, and limiting my human experience. ECT inspires me to step into my bold authentic truth. I want to live fearlessly and do what I came here to do.
Where have you traveled? Where would you like to visit?
I have traveled to most major U.S. cities and other remote U.S. locations, many cities in Italy, international: London, Dublin, Amsterdam, Madrid and Guadalajara. I would love to visit Greece, France and Portugal.
My favorite "day-off" event would be...
It's a 50-50 shot between solo or group activities. 1) Meditation out in nature, followed by a hike, some reading, journaling and a hot cup of tea OR 2) dancing, painting, singing, and just diving into all of my lively senses in community.
If I had one million dollars I would...
Travel (and bring some family along), secure my housing, and invest funds in developing a residential-based college program for first generation students.
Did you know...
I am the 4th oldest of eight children.
I am still fighting my obnoxious nail biting habit from 6th grade.
The silliest thing kept me from theater / acting my whole life: Not being able to find the slit of the drapes in 4th grade during my first and only theatrical production.