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Q&A With ‘Vegan 101′ Actor and Producer

Written by Ashley Palmer | January 18, 2011

If you can’t laugh at yourself, then you’re not having fun. :)

Joanne Rose is the actor, producer, and writer behind the award-winning comedic Web series Vegan 101, the first vegan sketch comedy series on the Internet. She takes her vegan lifestyle to the extreme, but it’s all in good fun!

I had the chance to get the lowdown on her background as an actor, producer, and vegan. Here’s what she had to say:

Q: Why did you decide to go vegan?

A: I became a vegan in 1994. I was vegetarian for a short time prior to going vegan. I made the decision to go vegan because of my love for animals and having learned the extremely cruel and tortured realities of the way animals are treated on many levels, such as for food, their skins, testing, and entertainment. I was also a great fan of River Phoenix and learned a lot about veganism and animal rights in interviews he did.

Q: What is your background in acting/producing/comedy?

A: I began as an actor and eventually transitioned into writing and producing too. I write, produce, and perform in the U.S. sketch comedy Web series Vegan 101.

Q: What advice do you have for other people who want to help animals?

A: There are so many fabulous and dedicated animal rights groups out there. I would suggest you select the one(s) you want to contact in your country or local area and express your interests. You can offer to volunteer, which is a terrific way to meet like-minded, compassionate people.

It’s always inspiring to see people use their talents to help animals. So whether you’re a joke-crackin’ vegan like Joanne, an animal-loving jewelry designer, or an aerobatic activist, you should never miss a chance to speak up for animals.

How do you use your talents to help animals? Let me know in the comments below!

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