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A Conversation w/ Project Save Our Surf’s Co-Founder

—Actress & Surfer Tanna Frederick


Born and raised in Iowa—true thespian—Tanna Frederick—relocated to Hollywood after graduating as the valedictorian of her class at the University of Iowa. She did so double majoring in theater and political science! I think that the scholastic achievement was, at the very least, a hint that the actress had ambitious aspirations in life.

Tanna arrived on the West Coast ready to take on both the stage and the film cameras and in doing so has built quite a resume in front of the curtain and on screen. The talented actress has since taken the independent film industry by storm.


Tanna worked with Henry Jaglom on two plays after getting her feet wet on the LA theater and film scenes and before starring opposite Justin Kirk in Jaglom’s 2006 film Hollywood Dreams. She won multiple Best Actress awards at the Montana Independent Film Festival and the Fargo Film Festival.