When did you first discover acting?
I first started acting in church and youth programs when I was about 5 years old doing plays and Biblical drama skits. I also started performing with our church youth group involving interpretive movement/dance. At the same time, our church opened up for puppeteers in which we acted out performances using character puppets. Later, I became involved in school and community dramas and enjoyed finding my character in whatever role that came available for me.
Which came first – modeling or acting?
Acting was my first involvement. I always wanted to do modeling, but my primary focus, when I was younger, was acting and portraying different characters. At times, I would stand in front of the mirror and pretend I was in a movie and would act out what and/or who I thought my character would be. I always knew I wanted to model. I would prance around in the house in my mom’s high heels and steal her makeup. By the time I was all dressed up, I would yell out, “Get your camera ready. Here I come!” And out of the bedroom I would come, just posing, waving, and smiling. I craved the camera. But, I would have to say that acting was my first preference.
How did you get into film acting?
When I was 11 years old, I joined an acting/modeling team which helped me to learn more about modeling/acting, monologues, cold readings and character beings. The more I learned, I found I wanted to do more and more acting. I signed up for just about any workshop available that would help me to grow and challenge myself to become a better actress. I still have a lot of room to grow in this industry. I have worked with some great directors and producers and look forward to my future jobs that become available to help me continue learning all I can to further my progress.
Which do you prefer, modeling or acting?
That is a tough question. I enjoy both so much. I have met and worked with so many wonderful people and have made so many friends that I could not put a preference on either position. Without either of these careers, I would have missed out on a lot of blessed people and role models in my life. I look forward to growth in both fields in my future career.
What faith-based films have you been a part of?
“Acts of God”, “The Song”, and “Flowers for Fannie”.
What other films have you been in?
“Lane and Russell”, “Split”, and “11 Seconds”.
What type of character do you enjoy playing?
As of right now, I consider myself more of an “Explorer” type of character. I enjoy the strategy of experiencing different but mostly challenging roles, but I find my best character as edgy, cocky or witty.
What has been your most memorable role?
When I played an orphan in the upcoming film “Acts of God”.
Tell us about your modeling/acting workshops?
Workshops have been very helpful to me in many ways. They have helped by building my skills, confidence, and have brought me out of a “shell” that I did not realize that I had drown myself in. They have also helped me to know how to reflect the character I am portraying. Because a lot of people, young and old, do not get or do not know how to step into these opportunities, I enjoy meeting with them and informing them a little on the “how to” about modeling and acting. I get to share my experiences and offer support to those who have the ability but not the resources.
Any upcoming movies?
I have a supporting role in an upcoming film which is to begin filming in the fall. I am praying and hoping this is a first of many for me. I look forward to what lies ahead.
What are your filmmaking goals for the future?
My plans for my future is to enroll into a theatre art program to help me continue to grow with my acting abilities to become a great actress.
At the age of 13, I have had people ask me about what motivated me at such a young age. Support. Not just family support, but support from my church, friends, community, my teachers at school, the many directors, producers, my management team plus many more. It has been a wonderful experience for me.