Empowering Women: Rosie Royale
Editor's note: Cover photo courtesy of Sonali Satsangi for TRUE ME.
By Thao Nguyen and Rosie Royale
Rosie Royale is used to performing. She’s a singer-songwriter, a ballet dancer, and an actor. Being on a stage has been the norm for her for years. But one day was unlike the others. As Rosie was performing on stage her now ex-husband shot her in both legs with his brother’s gun and ran. Rosie was told she would have died had it not been for her fans applying pressure to her wounds. “Today is not your turn to die,” one of the young girls who helped her said. And she took those words to heart.
Instead of letting the tragic incident derail her life, Rosie fought to not only survive, but thrive. She moved from Texas back to her hometown of Los Angeles and made a better life for herself and her children. From red carpet appearances, to starting her own business, to being a mentor, Rosie has achieved success that is inspirational in so many ways to all the people who know her, not just the women. It’s no surprise that Rosie has been able to do this. She was the first girl to make it to the previously all-male football team at her high school. Rosie’s endurance is a testament to the strength and persistence of women.
The following is a Q&A we recently had with Rosie.
What was the hardest part of moving on from the shooting?
The hardest part for me was starting from the bottom - my ex-husband had withdrawn thousands of dollars from my account before what he did. I was facing eviction and could barely pay for my kids’ school supplies because I couldn’t work because of the injuries. But I pulled myself up for the kids and because I knew people were counting on me. Not just my kids, but people were looking to me as a source of strength and confidence.
Who is your biggest inspiration?
Ever since I was a kid, I wanted to be like Shirley Temple. She sang, dance, and made art. Now I do all of that and more. I’ve been given the opportunity to be a mentor to a lot of people, and seeing them succeed is the most rewarding thing!
What is the best advice you can give to someone who is struggling to move past their circumstances?
With a positive mind comes positive outcomes. You have to dream to achieve and you’ll be surprised at how far you can go. You may have an audience of one, or of thousands, but there is always someone looking out for you.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Sometimes you need to live life like a kid in order to face your fears and to be SuperAwesomeFabulous!