733: Take Up Space With Georgina Tolentino

Georgina Tolentino is an actress, producer and entrepreneur.  She will be starring as Victoria Manalo Draves in a feature-film Take Up Space With Georgina Tolentinobiopic about the first woman to win two gold medals in Olympic diving at the 1948 London Games.  Victoria Manalo Draves was half-Filipino and half-English American during racial segregation when interracial marriage was illegal in the United States.  Georgina has been training for two years in diving, gymnastics, and movement to prepare for the role.  She studies with Howard Fine in his Master Class.

As Asian women, we have been program to never make any noise and never take up space.  Georgina was told the same growing up but in order for her to be a confident woman, she realized she had to step up and take up space in the world.  Check out out her episode to listen to her story.


Georgina Tolentino is an actress, producer and entrepreneur.

Cultural Background

Georgina is of Filipina and European descent.

Favorite Self Confidence Quote

I always get to where I’m going because I walk away from where I have been.

I always get to where I’m going because I walk away from where I have been.

Definition of Self Confidence

Self confidence is owning and knowing authentic self.  It’s not apologizing for who you are.

Her Life Before the Discovery of Self Confidence

Georgina was messy, frazzled, and didn’t know who she was.  She didn’t know what she wanted and was apologizing for taking up space.

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The “AHA” Moment

When Georgina was 25 she auditioned roles that was degrading to Asian women.  She didn’t get the role and she was sick and tired of being perceived as an Asian woman being an exotic conquest.

She realized that it’s okay to take up space and she decided to start her production company to tell more empowering stories of Asian women.

Her Life After the Discovery of Self Confidence

Georgina is creating a bigger movement for cultural change in the media on how Asian women are perceived through her production company.  She also feels more fulfilled as an artist after creating her production company.

The One Self Confidence Tip For the Listener

Don’t take criticism from people who aren’t going where you are going.

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