This week we have a truly special soul to share with all of you! Get ready to be inspired by our #FEMMEFEATUREFRIDAY, Supinder Wraich! Born in Chandigarh, India, Supinder is a professional actress and filmmaker currently residing in Toronto, Canada. Supinder’s dreams of being in showbiz stemmed from her early childhood when she first found her love for the performing arts. What we admire most about Supinder is her unwavering work ethic and tenacity. This incredible woman so eloquently demonstrates that finding the determination and perseverance to see your dreams through is what ultimately makes achieving them so rewarding.
Supinder was especially convinced of her desire to pursue a creative career after pursuing communications studies at the University of Ottawa. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts, she decided to enroll in the Advanced Film and Television Program at Sheridan College. Supinder’s first big break came when she was cast in the Emmy award-winning web series called Guidestones, which also resulted in her win for Best Performance in a Program or Series Produced for Digital Media at the 2015 Canadian Screen Awards. Today, Supinder has built quite the impressive resume for herself in both film and television. Some of her credits include The Border (CBC), Degrassi: The Next Generation (CTV), Saving Hope (CTV), Combat Hospital (CBC), Rookie Blue (Global), Copper (BBC), Haven (SYFY), Backpackers (The CW), The Beaverton (Comedy), Incorporated (SYFY), The Strain (FX), The Expanse (Amazon) and The Good Doctor (ABC). Make sure to catch Supinder in her most recent work, which she both wrote and stars in called The 410 (CBC)!
Supinder is the essence of a beautifully empowered woman. This is a girl who knows what she brings to the table through her talents and uniqueness as a female artist. Supinder has learned to listen to her inner voice by getting real with herself and taking the time to understand who she is as a person at the soul level. It is so inspiring to see how Supinder’s fearlessness has broken societal and cultural molds. What we love most about this amazing woman is how she relishes in being free! Her joy is rooted in the feeling of liberation and being able to create the life she wants for herself both professionally and personally. Thank you Supinder for showing us that we are the CEO’s of our own lives!
Written by Alessia Rotino
What has been the biggest obstacle you’ve faced in pursuing a creative career? Tell us how this experience has taught you about yourself.
I think the biggest hurdle is defining success for myself. When I booked my first job as an actor within the union, I was like ‘this is it, I’ve made it!’ Without having any idea of what ‘it’ was. Almost 10 years into working in this industry I’ve come to realize that tenacity and staying in the game are both the biggest obstacles and provide the biggest rewards in the end. I guess what it’s taught me is that I was able to do it, which means I can continue pushing in that same forward direction.
Why do you believe we should celebrate our ethnic backgrounds and diversity? What impact has multiculturalism had on your life and the woman you are today?
When it comes to cinema specifically and the content we’re provided through mainstream media, I think it’s pretty archaic that even in 2019, the majority of the faces on those screens are Caucasian ones. If celebrating diversity means we just simply recognize the fact that we live in a diverse environment, especially in Canada, and there should be some fairness in the representation of ourselves on our screens, I think it’s of the utmost importance.
For me personally, pride in my culture and community was hard fought for. I went to a school with very few South Asian peers. Often I was told how pretty I was ‘for an Indian girl’ and for a long time I believed that to truly be seen and valued, it would have to be despite my skin colour, or my ethnic background. Becoming an actor, and more importantly, an artist, required me to do some real soul searching to come to the resolution that it’s because of my differences that I’m special; unique; someone with something to say, and not despite that fact.
Why is it important for women to be financially independent and in charge of their financial futures?
With financial freedom comes a lot of other freedoms, the most important being the ability to dream of/ create your own destiny. When I earned my first paycheque, which I could do whatever I wanted with, it grew a sense of pride and accomplishment in myself that gave me the confidence and resources to move forward with my dreams. 1) I was rewarded for doing what I loved and 2) because my earnings were my own, no one else had any power over me to tell me what to do. I think women have a lot of outside forces trying to exert power over the way we dress, what we eat, how we feel about ourselves, that giving yourself the gift of financial independence is one of the most freeing/ liberating things we can do for ourselves.
What do you think is the most important thing for young girls to hear right now? What advice would you give to them?
It’s such an unprecedented time where we have access to so many resources via the internet: music/ content/ information/ access to people, however; through social media, everyone’s actions are also more critiqued and under the microscope more than ever before. I think what’s helped me through a lot of it is to always be my own compass and not give a care for anyone else’s opinion unless there’s a constructive reason available to value it.
What’s your definition of a YGTGirl?
A person who takes responsibility for herself and the world around her.