Wow Whispering

19: Ninja Mom & Creative Openings with Ren Hanámi

March 12, 2019

Guest Ren Hanámi is an award-winning actress, writer, and director who brings her “Aloha Spirit” to everything she does. Ren has appeared in numerous primetime TV series, big-budget films and prestigious regional stage productions. She just wrapped a guest appearance on the youth-driven Netflix drama “13 Reasons Why” with another in the works. She continues as the longtime spokesperson for AAA Hawaii.

Her passion for storytelling and creating the world of Ninja Mom® was inspired by her Japanese/Hawaiian Mom and a desire to see strong female action heroes!

Ren Hanámi’s screenplay NINJA MOM took her to the 2013 Hawai’i International Film Festival Writers’ Accelerator Fellowship, was a Semifinalist in the 2015 and 2016 UCLA Extension Feature Film Writing Competitions, a Semifinalist in the 2017 We Screenplay Diverse Voices Screenwriting Competition, a Semifinalist in the 2018 Screencraft Family Friendly Screenplay Contest, and a Quarterfinalist in the 2018 Screencraft SciFi and Fantasy Screenplay Contest. Her screenplay NATIVE LAND, RISING SUN was a Finalist-2018 We Screenplay Diverse Voices Screenwriting Competition.

Her short film LIKE LAST NIGHT has garnered Best Coming of Age Short-2017 Culver City Film Festival, Best Original Short Film Screenplay-2018 Silver State Film Festival, and Ren Hanámi won Best Short Film Supporting Actress-2018 Silicon Beach Film Festival.

Ren Hanámi has a Bachelor of Arts in Theater from UCLA and a Certificate in Feature Film Writing from UCLA Extension.

Please share a “Wow”

“My first screenplay making the semi-finals in the prestigious U.C.L.A. Feature Film Writing Contest.”

Please share a “Whisper”

“That I am good enough and everything I do is good enough -- I am unlearning the "not good enough" training my parents unconsciously taught me.”

What do you want listeners to know about you?

“My World of Ninja Mom and other acting/writing/directing projects. Also how I'd like my projects to help change the culture of sexual abuse and bullying.”

Your Business or Profession or Organization or Project

Renworld, Inc. and Ninja Mom® Entertainment

Listener Incentive or Special Offer

Ren will send a beautiful quality Ninja Mom Sticker to anyone (kids or grownups!) who posts a photo of themselves with the Ninja Mom Book: #NinjaMomAndTengonisInTheTiki on the @NinjaMomMovies Instagram account. (Remember to PM her with a mailing address, please!)


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