GRACE DE LA ROSA
On-Camera Actor & Voice Over Talent


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Grace has over 35 years of experience in the fitness industry as an AFAA-certified fitness instructor, fitness/swimwear model, contributing fitness writer and NPC fitness and bikini competitor. She continues to expand upon her evidence-based holistic approach to a healthy lifestyle through mindfulness in both movement and stillness meditation. What exactly does holistic mean? Holistic (health, wellness, nutrition) simply means taking into account the entire--or WHOLE(listic)--person's well-being, connecting the body, mind and soul as opposed to focusing on just one aspect or another. For instance, it's a well-known fact that in order for us to stay in good physical health, we must exercise and consume healthy foods in healthy portions. It's not enough to follow through with a good diet and not expend the energy from those calories in an efficient and effective manner through some form of exercise. So, too, our physical & psychological health including thoughts, feelings and emotions. Somatization is real.

Her health and fitness background helped tremendously as it gave her the edge of knowledge when she was diagnosed with Stage 3 colon cancer in 2005, treated with chemotherapy and due to long-term side effects of chemo, including bone and joint degeneration as well as peripheral neuropathy (nerve damage especially in hands and feet), medically deemed permanently disabled. Numerous surgeries later and at worst, debilitating pain and up to 24 prescription and OTC medications, she decided enough was enough. With the help of her primary physician, she weened off all but one or two medications (depending on severity of seasonal allergies). Today, Grace attributes her current good health to the practice of mindful living meditation, Taoist Tai Chi, nutrition and healthy, meaningful relationships with loved ones and friends.

In 2014, she created Be a Blue Buddy, a colon cancer awareness campaign. Be a Blue Buddy is currently not an organization, but rather a grassroots, personal call-to-action through advocacy and public speaking, reaching out to city and state officials, and using social media to help raise awareness of colon cancer, the importance of screening and early detection in support of survivors; to give hope to newly diagnosed patients, and to honor those who have died from this disease. Most importantly, as a survivor wanting to give back to the community, Grace shares her story to empower and inspire others, and to help save lives.

Grace has also been a professional commercial and corporate actor, spokesperson, voice-over talent and print model since 1986. She attended the University of North Florida (UNF), volunteered in public radio, interned as a TV reporter at WJXT-TV4 and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications/TV Broadcasting with a minor in Psychology.

Grace strives for joyful learning and living, and is willing to step outside of her comfort zone. She has experienced snow skiing, scuba diving, skydiving, paintball wars, and traveling. Grace likes to soak in the culture's history of traditions, arts, architecture and daily lifestyle--eating and sleeping as the locals do. She realized her childhood dream of visiting Greece; Oia-Santorini completely captured her heart!

She enjoys the arts (e.g. music/live entertainment, museums, paintings, photos, architecture), literature, and botanical gardens. She is a beach girl at heart. Anything related to the sun and skyscapes capture her attention. Her favorite color is a splash of orange. A few of her favorite scents are flowers/plants (rose, magnolia, gardenia, peony, plumeria, honeysuckle, hawaiian ferns, citrus), aromatic wafts of food cooking in the kitchen, the ionic shift just before rainfall, and the scent of a freshly mowed lawn.

A voracious researcher, her interests include astrophysics, cosmology, consciousness, philosophy, neuroscience, semiosis, audiology, equanimity in the realms of social justice, economy, trade, politics, government, education, healthcare, media, religion, sex, gender, race, creed, color.

She is involved in service work (volunteer) on a regular basis at a local mental health facility, various alcohol/drug treatment and recovery centers and affiliating with various organizations such as the Northeast Florida Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NEFCADA), Recovery Community Organization (RCO) of Northeast Florida and the World Affairs Council of Jacksonville.

Grace grew up in Atlantic Beach, FL--the eldest of four in a family where her parents are still happily married after 50+ years. She traveled around the world, including Spain, Philippines & Japan, while her father served in the Navy. Grace's former spouse of 20 years also served in the military as a USN F/A-18 Strikefighter (think Blue Angels jets), P-3 and commercial pilot. She has two children and after having lived in South Carolina, Hawaii and Maryland, is back "home" in Jacksonville, FL.