This week we have the honour of having the incredible Samantha Wan as our #FEMMEFEATUREFRIDAY! Samantha is Toronto-based actor, director and writer who found her passion for film when she was only in high school. We love that Samantha has continued to cultivate her creativity in her professional life through a childlike sense of curiosity and playfulness. Moreover, it is also so inspiring to see how Samantha owns her femininity by acknowledging her intuition and emotional intelligence. This amazing woman reminds us that the very qualities that make us a woman undoubtedly set us apart no matter which path we choose in life.
Samantha began her journey in film while studying at the National Theatre School of Canada. After school, Samantha was commissioned to create and star in the award-winning martial arts digital series entitled Sudden Master. Samantha won many notable awards for her work in this series including Best Female Action Performer of the Year at the LA Action Festival and Best Actress in a Drama at the Hollyweb Festival. Head to www.suddenmaster.com to check it out! Additionally, Samantha is the co-creator and star in the prime-time sit-com called Second Jen, which aired on CityTV and OMNI Television. Not to mention, Samantha was also nominated for Best Comedy Series at the Canadian Screen Awards this year! Samantha is also known for her role as Zoe Chow in Private Eyes, the hit comedy-drama television series on Global starring Jason Priestley. Safe to say that this woman is a goal-getter, and we simply can’t wait to see what she will do next!
Samantha is a visionary woman! We admire her aspiration to empower women to be proud of who they are through the vessel of film. She encourages all of us to share our stories so that we can always remember that we are not alone. We all experience similar trials and tribulations, and there is nothing more powerful than a woman telling another woman that they understand their experiences. Samantha is the ultimate female role model who makes no apologies for dreaming big and chasing big goals. Her advice for life… don’t be afraid to ask for what you want, and keep going until you see your mission through. Thank you Samantha for showing us that we can create change together through conscious understanding.
Written by Alessia Rotino
We love that you have so many creative passions! What do you love most about being an artist? How have your creative talents helped you in discovering more about the woman you are today?
As an artist, I have to inspire PLAY in myself and others. SERIOUS PLAY encourages people to dream, self-examine, and take risks. That’s what I love about my job. My creative talents have helped me discover my voice and importance as a woman. Eastern practices equate creativity and birth as the same energy. As women we are natural creators on this earth. Fostering my creativity has brought me closer to my femininity. I use a lot of my intuition and feeling when putting together a project. Qualities society has often called too “emotional” or “sensitive” are ones that I’ve learned to value as strength now.
Why do you believe it is important for women to share their stories?
We are 50% of the population! Media dictates our social norms, but it is anything but normal when it ignores half the world’s experiences. Every time you share your story, you give the opportunity for someone else to relate. You tell someone “you are not alone” and in turn you validate each other’s experience. Women need to share their stories in the media to uphold each other and to honour our experiences. It doesn't JUST make us feel good going to the movies, it validates our presence and need in the collective conscious - and that creates social change.
Who is your biggest female role model and why? What example do you hope to set for the future generation of girls?
For my industry, it would be Shonda Rhimes. I think she is a genius and has done great things for women and diversity in the industry. In my life, it would be my mom. She grew up in a very poor and difficult household. My mom has really shown me how to persevere and keep a sense of humour about everything. I hope to set an example that that inspires girls to be who they are unapologetically and create stories and characters that help them love the skin they’re in.
What do women need to hear right now? If you could give one message to women across the globe, what would it be?
You are WORTHY. You are worthy of that job. You are worthy of your dream life. You can’t achieve your goals if you don’t believe you deserve them. Going for what you really want is part of self-love, not selfishness. Our male counterparts ask for more and GET more because they don’t question if they deserve it. When you don’t believe, then FAKE it. I write emails full of “maybe’s” and “I was wondering…” and then I go back and delete all the parts that seem like they’re asking permission for my presence. It’s uncomfortable but confidence is a habit we have to build. Never apologize for your power.
What’s your definition of a YGTGirl?
A YGTGirl is a woman who doesn’t work to be perfect, but instead works to be herself. Relentlessly sticking to what feels right for her, despite what society tells her. She works on having an honest relationship with herself, as much as anything else. Calls her on her own bullshit AND celebrates her victories, even when no one sees. So, at the end of the day, when the chips are down, she knows how to follow her gut. YOU GOT THIS, GIRL!