Meet Angelica Ross, Co-Star of Her Story

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AngelicaRoss[dropcap background="no" color="#333333"]T[/dropcap]his month, we’re incredibly proud to be showcasing the women behind Her Story, a six-part new media series that follows the dating lives of trans women, which, by the way, if you haven’t watched yet, you should get on that ASAP. This week, we chatted with Angelica Ross, the super talented co-star of the show, about working from personal experience, showing up even when the recognition you deserve hasn’t, and taking the first steps toward creating representative content.[divider type="dashed" spacing="10"]Introduce yourself! Tell us who you are and what you do.

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Angelica Ross, preferred pronoun is “Miss Ross." I'm a Buddhist, Artist, and Entrepreneur now based in Los Angeles. I'm also play “Paige” one of the main characters in the new media series Her Story.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]

We love that Her Story represents trans women in such a rich, complicated and real way – a way we don't often see in other media. Can you tell us a bit more about how you accomplished that and why it was important to you?

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Every trans woman who has watched Her Story recognizes the very real moments from scene to scene.  That is because Her Story began with real life experiences from both myself, and the creator and co-writer Jen Richards.  We were roommates in Chicago for a few years, and also navigated Chicago’s dating dilemmas and came home and shared stories and compared notes to see if the other had talked to one of these guys before.  These are the stories you’d never hear if trans writers, producers, and directors aren’t allowed to be a part of the process of telling our stories.  Her Story will help to continue the conversation in what diversity looks like in the writing room.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]

What's been the most challenging part of this work? And the most rewarding?

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The most challenging part honestly is trying to show up and deliver, when the checks still haven’t been delivered.  Meaning, we have done an incredible job with what we have had access to, but it is challenging to take Her Story to the next level without some mainstream support and financial backing.  Look at what we created without a major studio budget, imagine what we could do with one![divider type="white" spacing="10"]

What advice would you have for other media-makers who want to create truly representative content?

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Pick up your smartphone, laptop, or pen and paper, and start with what you have.[divider type="white" spacing="10"] What's next for you? Any upcoming projects you'd like to share with us?

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Her Story has created some serious buzz for me and I have a lot of projects in the works that I’m not yet able to talk about, but I did just recently join the cast of “Danger & Eggs” amazon’s new animated series as ‘The Mayor”, and am focusing on development at TransTech Social Enterprises, as well as traveling the country speaking at colleges, companies and events on issues at the intersections of race, class, gender, faith, art and economics.