We can’t wait for you to get to know our incredible #FEMMEFEATUREFRIDAY this week, Veronika Slowikowska! Born and raised in Barrie, Canada, Veronika has had a passion for performing since the young age of three. This inspiring woman originally used acting and theatre classes as a platform to overcome her shyness, and today it has become her chosen line of work. We love how confident and determined this girlboss is regardless of the challenges she faces for being a woman in her industry. Veronika is a beautiful example of how staying true to who you are and working hard for where you want to be is always the solution for success!

Veronika is a graduate of the Randolph College for the Performing Arts and Second City Conservatory. Since graduating in 2015, Veronika has amassed a number of credits including Degrassi: Next Class (Netflix), See No Evil (Discovery ID) and the short film entitled Viable. Coming up next, you can catch Veronika on the horror television series, What We Do In The Shadows (FX), which is based on the 2014 film of the same name written by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi. Veronika plays the role of Shanice and stars alongside Kayvan Novak, Harvey Guillen and Matt Berry. Additionally, Veronika recently released a teaser for her brand-new web series A Boy’s Memoir. We can’t wait to see what this talented girl will do next!

What we ultimately admire the most about Veronika is how she keeps it real. We all have things about us that we wish were different and we all feel the pressure to fit a certain image at some point in our lives. Female empowerment is about recognizing that we often share relative insecurities while encouraging one another to fearlessly love ourselves despite of them. Veronika reminds us that to have flaws is to be human, and our job is to embrace them and continue to openly live our lives instead of in fear of them. Thank you Veronika for showing us that self-love is that one and only antidote to a whole-hearted and fulfilling life!

Written by Alessia Rotino

Artwork by Chloe Bruderer (@chloeheartsart)

Artwork by Chloe Bruderer (@chloeheartsart)

What challenges have you encountered as a female in a male dominated industry? What obstacles did you have to overcome being a female comedian?

I've been acting professionally for about four years now. I remember the first meeting I had with an agent at the age of 19, I was told to stand up and spin to see my body type. As a woman in a male dominated industry, I feel unheard at times and insecure. As a young female comedian, I find people don't take me seriously and I work harder because of it. I like proving people wrong.

If you could thank one woman for making a difference in your life, who would it be and why?

I would like to thank my mom. She immigrated to Canada from Poland when she was 24. She doesn't take anyone's sh*t and I love her for that.

Why is it important for women to be financially independent and in charge of their financial futures?

I love working and I love being independent. It's my life.

What was your first lesson or experience with self-acceptance? What does self-acceptance mean to you today?

I remember wanting braces for a long time, then realizing my teeth are fine. They work and the only reason I wanted them was to fit a certain image. I find I battle with little things like this a lot. I developed an eating disorder my last year of performing arts college, thinking I had to look a certain way to book jobs. I stopped thinking about myself. As a performer or person, I was obsessing over the way I looked and acted instead of living my life. I started being a good friend, going out, eating cookies! It's a selfish time we live in and I think we can all relax.

What’s your definition of a YGTGirl? 

Wow! Love that! I think it means things will be okay, you're strong and confident and no one can stop you. Own it.