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Franceli Chapman-Varela

Updated: May 13, 2019


ACTOR/WRITER


Tell us about your career and how it all started?

I’ve been an “artivist” it feels like all my life. My parents were activists and my dad was heavy in the arts as well. At the age of 7 I danced in front of a crowd of 1500 people and then started marching against the KKK and handing out leaflets at 8. So the seed of activism and art was planted early. I’ve traveled the country with the Children’s Aid Society Chorus, Off-Broadway Theatre with the Castillo Theatre in New York, and even was a radio personality in Norfolk Virginia. Writing is also in my blood, and poetry started the journey that eventually matured into screenwriting. I recently joined the WGA. I am elated to be in 3 unions! SAG-AFTRA, ACTOR’s EQUITY and the Writer’s Guild of America.


What does sisterhood mean to you?

Prayer when I lose hope

Shoulder to lean on when I’ve lost my strength

Wisdom when I feel lost

Laughter when my joy is fleeting

Feeling loved unconditionally

My sisters do that for me as I for them!


What's your personal mantra?

I HAVE A FEW: #JESUSISTHEPLUG

BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE

SHINE YOUR LIGHT & SHIFT THE ATMOSPHERE!


What is your superpower?

MY CAPACITY TO LOVE PEOPLE AND MY POWERFUL PRAYERS



My Mother, came to this country with me undocumented, learned english at 40 & got two kids through college on her own!

Essence Atkins an incredible actress, sister in christ, who has sustained a 30+ year career in Hollywood with grace and love. She continuously pours unto others and gives back!


What would be your advice for women who are building careers in your industry?

Remember it starts with you! Your attitude, how you treat others and how you serve others goes a long way to a lasting career. By being of service to someone who does what you want to do and does it well will be the greatest classroom you could ever have. The most important thing about being a builder, is believing that you are capable of the ARK! ;)


One piece of advice for your 18 year old self?

Love is not something you have to fight for or prove.

YOU DESERVE IT! YOU ARE ENOUGH!




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