Photo credit: Lori Smith
Hi! My name is Rhana. I have three funny, brilliant kids who light up the autism spectrum. I'm married to a handsome hypnotist. By day I'm an award-winning technical writer, a crackerjack user support specialist, and an award-winning actor* and commercial model. By night (and early morning, on weekends, and at other stolen moments) I'm an award-winning novelist**. But at the most basic level, what I do is I tell stories.
Everybody has a story. Our lives are a comedy-drama in three acts with a surprise ending. Oscar material, every one. We just need the courage to tell our story and someone to listen.
So what's my story? Well, every story starts with a logline...
With the support of her family, a shy, socially awkward middle-aged mother of three enters an international talent competition. But when she wins, can she overcome a lifetime of self-doubt to make her childhood dream come true?
So far so good. And thanks for listening.
Highlights of Recent Work
QVC on-air beauty model
Caregiver (independent film)
F**k Boys Need Not Apply (web series)
TOWN (Philly Improv Theater/Philadelphia Fringe Arts)
VaxServe Flu posters (print)
Several Temple University student films***
*I placed fourth in the Theatrical Headshot and Monologue categories at IMTA NY 2013.
**A very early draft of my novel Godsong (then titled Harmony) placed second in the Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror category of the 2003 Authorlink International New Author Awards Competition.
***Three were in the same month! I played the mom in all four. Not the same mom. I guess 20-year-olds just see me as "Mom." Am I typecast? Nah. I see it as playing to my strengths. :)