Colette Owens is an Indianapolis native. She is the founder of My Red Sea Experience, a ministry whose mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of others; by providing a place where people who are hurting can release their pain,
and strengthen their minds and recognize the power of God working in their lives through fellowship with one another, personal development and personal testimonies. Not only amazingly talented, She also has a Master's Degree in Leadership.
Colette has been involved heavily in ministry since her early teens; she is a graduate of Southwestern Christian College, where she was a member of
Summer Tour, a group of students who traveled to various churches ministering through song. During the past 19 years, she has continued that ministry by using her gifts to encourage others during their time of loss, as well as being a member of “Leading 7” an acapella gospel group who traveled extensively across the country spreading God's message of hope and love to many.
She has a BS Degree in Small Business Management. Colette is a Christian mother of three who believes that faith and family are the very foundation that our lives are built upon. She has counseled, and been a source of inspiration to many over the years on how to live a life of service to God and encouragement to others. It is her desire to leave a Legacy of Love and hope to her family and those around her.
I had the absolute pleasure of interviewing Colette about her journey, the good and the bad and here's what she had to say...
Tell me a little about your background? Where you are originally from and how did that journey lead you to where you are located today? What inspired you to be an actor?
I am inspired to act because I am a storyteller, and I can't think of a better way to get a message across. I believe that we all have a story and if I can be a part in helping someone tell theirs then I am all in!
How do you prepare for a role?
When I am preparing for a role, I will spend hours thinking about the character and putting myself in her shoes.. I do my best to become her. To know who she is, what motivates her and what is her end game. Knowing the answer to these questions helps to decide how she operates.
What was your favorite role?
My favorite role so far was Ms. Daisy... She was a nosy neighbor who kept it real. She was funny and loud, but she was also wise and compassionate. It was hilarious playing her because she was so out of my character. As Ms. Daisy, I could be free to act crazy and it was ok!
What role would I like to play?
I would love to play a role where I am really mean, and unfeeling lol... That is SO not me, and I would love to get to explore that dark side of me!!! Also, it would really shock my friends and family to see me portray that type of character.
Do you see yourself acting for the rest of your life?
Yes, couldn't imagine not doing it
Has your love for acting increased or decreased through the years? Why?
My love for acting has increased over the years. This is mainly because I focused so much of my time on singing, that I put acting on the back burner. Once I moved to California, I have done more acting than singing. I have found that my passion for it grows each day as I think of new stories. I used to just want to write them, now I want to perform them!
Were there any other family members also interested in the arts?
My grandmother was interested in it, and was in a play, but she was never able to pursue it. Also, my mother is an amazing singer, but she was also never able to pursue it. I want to break the cycle and actually go after my dreams. My middle daughter is also a great singer/songwriter.
What aspect of being an independent actor is the most rewarding and what part would you find the most challenging?
The most rewarding part is being able to see something come to life, and to find out that people actually got the message you were trying to convey, and that they were impacted in some way. The most challenging part is that acting does not always come with a payday... and if you are doing it because you love it, you have a lot of sacrifices that will be made along the way. Also for me, spending so many of my early years outside the entertainment arena, I am playing catch up, and my friends are like, 'girl you need to get a real job' lol
What are your future plans regarding your acting career?
At this point, I plan to continue with the auditions and also work on some personal projects that I have. I would love to shoot a short film.
Do you plan to become a sag/aftra actor/actress or are you just fine with being a free spirit independent actor?
I am totally fine with being an independent actor! I do, however know that if I want to be in some of the bigger productions, I need to be sag. I am honestly just going to take it on day at a time, and let God lead me to where He wants me to be.
What do you feel that are the positives and negative aspects of becoming a union actor?
What’s next for you?
I am going to keep doing what I am doing, keep moving forward. During this crazy time, I think it is even more important to look inward and focus on what I CAN do and what I CAN control. I will write, practice and create!
If you could give advice to someone just starting off in the movie industry, what would it be?
Don't quit! Believe in yourself and in your dreams. Make sure that you have a CLEAR picture of who you are and where you are going; that way, when you are presented with different opportunities you will know if they are for you. If they are in line with who you are then go for it! If not, walk away... another will come along. Write down your goals and read them everyday. Keep your focus on those things, and how you can use them to help others!