RITA SLANINA was born in Warren, Ohio. She has spent much of her youth in Southern California; with a stint in Houston as an adult. Growing up she was actively pursuing the Olympic dream to compete in gymnastics. Quite accomplished she was competing at exclusively high levels with the best. She was independently trained in piano as a child as well. Having musical influences from her father who played guitar and sang often around the house entertaining his family. In high school, she began writing lyrics, books, and songs as she was getting to know herself as an ever-constant and creative entity. Taking classes for theatre, music, acting, and choir lessons, performing solo singing performances. She was active in her school, earning a fantastic reputation for involving herself as part of the Varsity Cheerleading squad, the newspaper team, and the Varsity Swim Team. During high school, her parents divorced separating the family on opposite ends of the country. Moving around a lot and jumping to two different high schools and ultimately having her son at a young age. A lot of time spent alone learned Rita the chance to realize that she had another talent of drawing and painting. She has gone on to paint large canvases and ten foot tall wall murals in residents homes. A single mom since her son was 2, she raises her son, who is quite talented himself, while pursuing and working on her own dreams of success. It’s a balancing act that has worked out well so far. Rita Slanina has a drive and persistence that can’t be matched. A work ethic instilled in her since she was a child through gymnastics and through the family janitorial business for which her and her sister had to run on very few hours of sleep, get good grades in school, excel in gymnastics practices, and help clean the clients business offices.