We had the good fortune of connecting with Wendy Pennington and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Wendy, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk has played a healthy role in my life and career. Just leaving my town in Texas at 20 years old and moving to Los Angeles all by myself was a huge risk, but I was prepared. Risk taking is a necessity, yet it must be calculated with tons of preparation. I love prepping for everything creative from auditions and acting roles, directing films and commercials, live improv performances to improv classes. Then I take risks within that prep. Life is short. You gotta try and try with all your might.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’ve been in show business for a very long time now. This entire time I have never stopped learning and observing. I’ve always wanted to perform and move an audience, yet I just recently realized my gift for directing and screenwriting. This is so exciting and brings a fresh spin on this business for me. Recently I was hired to direct my first commercial for a national company. I just completed an intense course for film producing at Sundance, which I was accepted into with my first original feature film screenplay. Talk about learning a lot. I’ll be absorbing and practicing that education for years to come! This is not easy. It’s like being in college all of the time. Yet, I truly enjoy working with all creatives both in front of and behind the camera. Having done improvisations for over 20 years, teaching it these past eight years, has given me so many tools of communication and psychology to help keep everyone happy, safe and supported. It takes a village to make a film, television show or commercial. Leading has always been in my nature and I’m thrilled to continue up this path.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Dallas is so much more than people expect it to be. The food, art and scenery choices are fabulous. I’d take out of town family and friends to the arts district to enjoy the Dallas museum of art, the Nasher sculpture center, the Perot museum, the park and the food trucks. At night there is usually a ton of great live theater and show choices. Covid 19 has really hurt this side of our city and I’ll be thrilled to get back on stage myself when possible. I also enjoy a great Dallas Mavericks game at the American Airlines center. It’s a dream to have someone such as Mark Cuban in our city. He’s a great leader.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I thank my family and friends for believing in me when I didn’t. I thank them for cheering me on and cheering for my successes. They’ve seen my possibilities before I have sometimes and that push and support system has made all the difference in my life.
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