A woman with many talents, why did you choose singing?
I chose singing as an outlet to let my voice be heard, I didn’t have anyone that I could open up to and be vulnerable with to just tell them about all the things I had been through in love and allowed to happen without judgement.
What are some of your rituals before a performance?
I like to just vibe out, I have affirmations that I tell myself to encourage me to know who I am!
Share details about the new single and where it can be purchased.
The new single is titled “Magic”, my inspiration for this song was, I had gone through all the hurt and pain in my other song “so hurt”, and I was in a different space. I was over it, I had traveled to Atlanta to help out with Georgia Senate RunOffs and birthed my inspiration for “Magic”. It can be purchased on Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, Pandora, you can find it on all music streaming platforms!
What does success look like to you?
Success to me looks like someone doing their thing, out making things happen, breaking barriers and not taking No for an answer. Success means setting out to do something and not stopping even after you reached that goal. You keep going and Create Success!
Why be an Actor?
I feel that acting is a craft that a person can’t master. Technically, there’s no wrong or right way to act. There are so many different techniques, and so many unique people in the world that we all individually bring something special to the table. Two people can say the same thing in the same way, and it will still be different in some way. The influence that comes with acting, and playing different characters is what feeds my Soul. I always felt different, and I always felt special in some way. Even in my darkest moments in my life, I felt like I was destined for greatness. For me, becoming an Actor, and having that influence is that greatness I feel.
How do you maintain your viability in such a competitive industry?
I try to focus on my clear understanding that everyday is different, every experience is worth living, and my love for everything is what matters. Of course, I am human, some days are harder than others but understanding how to separate my emotions, business, and my actions keep me solid. Even keeping these things in the right lane don’t guarantee no accidents. But if accidents come, it’s easier to adjust to the fire.
What inspired you to work in the arts?
I was inspired to work in the arts because it gave me a space to express and explore different parts of myself. I enjoy the gift and power of storytelling through dance, through the body. It is a beautiful way of sharing and seeing the humanity in each other and a tool to fight for everyone’s humanity to be honored and valued.
Tell us about your company.
Red Clay Dance Company lives to awaken “global” change through creating, performing and teaching dances of the African Diaspora–change that transforms cultural and socio-economic inequities in our local and global community. We are Chicago’s premiere Afro-Contemporary dance company that consists of a 7-member all female touring company, a Dance Academy, Youth Ensemble and Community Engagement, Education and Partnerships (CEEP) programs that provide dance education residencies to schools and community space. One of our newest initiative, Dance Pamoja Challenge, a 12-month project led by Red Clay Dance Company to fight Covd-19 that began in June 2020! Pamoja in Swahili means together. By focusing on improving our physical, mental and emotional health as a community we can lower the amount of Covid related deaths in our community due to pre-existing conditions like high blood pressure or diabetes. By engaging black families in exercise through high-energy, spiritually enriching dance forms deeply rooted in the African-Diaspora culture we build the resilience needed to fight off this virus together, PAMOJA!
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