Contributors

To Be A Person (TBAP) is invested in encouraging God’s children to not be afraid of who they are, and whose they are! With the contribution of these influencers, the message of God’s love, grace and providence is being preached through TBAP!

Meet the Contributors


miranda-a-uyeh-1Miranda A. Uyeh

Miranda A. Uyeh is the founder and editor of To Be A Person (TBAP), the author of Christian Romance/Suspense fiction, To Die Once: Child of Grace #1, a Mogul Global Ambassador, and a copy writer. She was a one-time shortlisted judge for the Inspy Awards, in 2014, in the Contemporary Romance & Romance/Suspense Category. In 2016, Miranda was honored to be one of 500 book reviewers across the world invited to help launch Tim Tebow’s book, Shaken.

When Miranda isn’t reviewing books/entertainment or hosting interviews on TBAP, she’s writing, reading for fun or relaxing with a good movie! When she gets bored with the world, she talks to God about it! *wink*

Her favorite beverage is tea (not coffee!), which she takes just before her exercise routines in the morning, and, when she sits to type away the crazy ideas she believes will make an awesome story. She loves to gush about the great works of authors like Jane Austen, Julie Lessman, MaryLu Tyndall, Francine Rivers, Michelle Onuorah, and Karen Kingsbury! She listens to inspiring music by artists such as Casting Crowns, Mercy Me, Dara Maclean, Meredith Andrews, Britt Nicole, Toby Mac, Jamie Grace, Newsboys, Don Moen, Natalie Grant, Brooke Fraser, Lacrae, Tye Tribett, Mandisa, Anthem Lights, and more recently, Satellites & Sirens. She watches out for movies on box office as well as the latest Christian films; she’s particularly a huge fan of the TV series Hawaii 5-0, Arrow, Nashville, Flash, and Grimm. On the weekends, she loves to go for a swim in the early hours of the morning when its still quiet before the crowd shows up.

To learn more about her book, To Die Once, and her journey as an author, you can follow her author website. You can also connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+.

img_2355.jpgJenn Gotzon

Jenn Gotzon is an American film actress who since 2010, has starred in over 15 inspirational and faith-based feature films including mystery-drama, Doonby, where she starred opposite John Schneider, Ernie Hudson, and Robert Davi, and also Ron Howard’s Frost/Nixon, a 2009 Academy Award-nominated film where she played U. S. President Richard Nixon’s daughter, Tricia Nixon, for which she gained her career break. She also starred in Alone Yet Not Alone, a 2014 Oscar-nominated inspirational feature film, and, inspirational drama, I Am Gabriel, and also, the first silent evangelical feature film, The Good Book; drama film, Out of Ashes (Alan Powell), Dante’s Hell Documented, where she portrayed the heroine, Beatrice, alongside Dante, the character portrayed by Eric Roberts. Also, the 2014 award-winning music video, Walls by artist, Sean Guerrero, produced by Lamon Records.

Learn more about Jenn on her website and connect with her on facebook and other social media via @JennGOTZON.

apolonia-1Apolonia Davalos

Apolonia Davalos (AEA/ WIFT-Nashville and TWIFM Member) is a film and Off-Broadway theater director and actress. She is named after APPOLLONIA, an ancient, biblical town, in Macedonia, Greece, south of Lake Bolbe, known today as Nea Apollonia. Hence, she was born with a passion for God and love of history! Her upcoming short, modern-western film, Children of War, debuted through the film festival circuit in 2016. She is the Co-Writer and Co-Star of the online radio broadcast “The Baby Shug’s Show!” As an actor, her feature film credits include: “The Good Book” (on DVD), “Providence” (recently released in select AMC Theatres), “The Perfect Wedding” (on DVD), etc. In theater, she received great acclaim for the originated role of LYNN CORDERO in the Off-Broadway production of Looking for Billy Haines in Times Square (NYC). Other theater credits include: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Nashville Shakespeare Festival); Metamorphoses (The Boston Actors Theater): The Crucible (Salem Theatre Company); and Sisters of the Church (Afrikan Women’s Repertory Theatre). She is further recognized as a producer, director, writer, as well as an inspiring advocate for classical Greek theater through her production company, APOLONIAD Productions. Known for her hearty laugh, talent for accents, love for martial arts, and singing classic 1930’s tunes!  “Apolonia Davalos is a passionate, young director dedicated to exploring the plays of Euripides. As a member of a generation used to reading no more than 140 characters at a time, her devotion to a classical poet is worthy of tremendous admiration.” – Show Business Weekly.

Follow Apolonia on twitter and instagram and learn more about her on her movie production website, APOLONIAD Productions!

rebekah_cook_2_profileRebekah Cook

Rebekah Cook is a Christ-follower, daughter, sister, aunt, friend, team-player, hugger, and nonstop encourager. She lived in Spain for nineteen years before moving stateside to pursue her passion for screen acting. She got her start apprenticing with Advent Film Group, and since 2009 has served on both cast and crew for sixteen feature film productions (and a handful of shorts). Her first lead role was as Virginia Page for In His Steps, a modern adaptation of the controversial and inspiring 19th century novel.

Participating in the casting and production process from both sides has cross-trained her skills in the industry, and enabled her to mentor other rising talent. Rebekah loves working with directors and fellow actors as they develop characters from a script and bring them to life on the screen. Both on and off of film sets, her heartfelt calling is to be an ambassador of Christ and share God’s love with those around her.

You can learn more about her film work on her website.

Juli Tapken 1Juli Tapken

Entering just her third year in the film industry, Juli Tapken has logged more than 20 IMDb credits with major roles in feature films like faith-based projects Providence, Mission ImprobableThe Reins Maker, and many more. Juli is also showing up big in television with upcoming shows like 12 Masks and Think. Create. Repeat, plus multiple commercials in various markets. She began singing and acting very early as a child in Oklahoma, building to lead-roles in musical theater classics like Oklahoma, Gypsy, and The Diary of Anne Frank, which led to a professional career in Branson, Missouri, where she performed in Two From Galilee, and a long run on the musical comedy, Smoke on the Mountain. Juli Tapken is dedicated and driven to bringing her characters to life in an honest and relatable way, while being a strong asset on set. Juli also has great range, performing many different role-types, and is actively seeking even greater challenges! Visit Juli on her website, view her IMDb profile, and connect with her on twitter and her facebook page!

Rich SwingleRich Swingle

Rich Swingle has been involved in the performing arts and applied theater full-time since 1995. Since 2010 he has performed in over 20 feature film projects. Because he’s been performing his own one-man plays for two decades, he easily jumps into character roles and is used to carrying the whole story as lead.