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Originally, I planned to go into television broadcasting. That’s what I went to college for but when I interned at Channel 3 News in Chattanooga, I realized that may not be the best path for me. I just knew I’d rather give the mom a hug that just lost her son tragically instead of getting a story. That’s when I changed direction to radio. However, I couldn’t get a radio job out of school. I heard about a casting call for the host of a small cable channel show outside of Atlanta and ended up booking it. While it was more of a “you gotta start somewhere” kind of job, it gave me such a great experience. I did a 2-hour unscripted show Monday through Friday for a year. Not only that, I interviewed companies for infomercials that would run on our station. That helped me develop my interview skills.
The radio station I interned for in college hired me after a year hosting the cable show. I was in Chattanooga for a while working at J103 but then got a job at 104.7The Fish in Atlanta. While at the Fish, I started doing on-camera hosting jobs on the side. Mostly, I’d do them for companies I endorsed on-air. Through the encouragement of my co-worker at the time (now husband), I submitted to a local Atlanta agent. They signed me, then I started auditioning for more jobs. This was still a side job, as I worked full-time in radio, but I loved it.
Through various hosting jobs for educational companies, a Travel Show, a Bed & Breakfast pilot, non-profits, realty companies, an Atlanta lifestyle brand and being a spokesperson for KIA, I was able to hone my hosting, teleprompter and ear-prompter skills.
For several years, I ran a blog called Parties for Pennies. It helped give readers budget-friendly party ideas. I hosted my own tutorial videos and as of the time I wrote this, I have 5,900 subscribers and my videos have almost a million views. Unfortunately, I’m not doing Parties for Pennies anymore but it taught me many valuable lessons.
Running my blog gave me an idea for a lifestyle talk show that solely featured bloggers in different categories. I called it The Modern Post and hosted a pilot episode that I shopped to all the major networks and online platforms at Real Summit and beyond. Everyone said they loved it, but during that time, broadcast wasn’t sure what to do with digital. I shelved it for the moment.
Still wanting to host a lifestyle-centered show, I started The Heidi Rew Show podcast. I hosted it from 2017 to 2019. I interviewed experts in Interior Design, Food, Fitness, Fashion, Beauty, Inspiration and Business.
Whether it’s through summer camp programs, community theater and church plays and musicals, I’ve been acting since I was a little girl. I’ve always loved singing, acting and dancing. In middle school, I toured for three summers on a 5 week US tour with a singing & dancing group called The Young Continentals. Then in college, I didn’t fit in with the theater group, so I paused acting until I got to college. In college, there was a musical every other year so I was in both Oklahoma (as Gertie) and Cinderella (as Cinderella). I graduated with a minor in music (specifically singing).
I never thought acting was something I could do as my career eventually so I did some on-camera hosting and radio for years. It wasn’t until 5 years into my radio career, that I thought about getting back into acting training. The acting method I’ve been trained in is Meisner and I’ve also trained in improv and stand-up comedy.
The main acting jobs I’ve booked have been commercials. I LOVE commercials. I love the short stories they tell and how they can connect in such a short period of time. I’ve also done an independent film called Friends Like Mine where I played a waitress that was a “God-like” character in the film. She gave hope to the hero when he had none. I’ve also played a nurse in several episodes of Tyler Perry’s The Have and Have Nots. And I did a film that will release in 2019 called Only. I play a talk show host.
how i can help your production
If you’re looking for a host for your company video, lifestyle content, kids program or instructional video, I’d love to help lend a friendly, warm and
personable face to your project.
If you’re looking for a Kristen Bell or Ellie Kemper type to be a quirky, cute and relatable addition to your commercial, I’d love to help!
If you’re looking for a kind, warm Mom, sweet teacher, compassionate nurse, helpful waitress or talk show host for your TV show/film, I’d love to help!