What’s coming up next for you?
I have a film I produced that’s going to air on Lifetime. I’m excited because that was the first time I was the lead where you’re in every scene and it was so rewarding. And as a producer, I got to be involved with decisions in a way that I had never been before.
Will it be your typical Lifetime-type of movie?
It was written specifically for Lifetime, so it’s definitely got that tone. It’s about domestic violence, and being a young woman. I would love to do more producing. It gives you a little more control. It’s a really fulfilling creative experience for me.
What advice can you give to brown girls looking to join the acting world?
Absolutely believe in yourself. In all situations, nothing is perfect. I wouldn’t focus anything that’s perceived as lack or how many roles don’t go to black actresses. Have tunnel vision. Don’t think of what’s wrong. Think how can I change this? How can I create something for myself? Don’t try to meld yourself into what’s ‘successful.’ Know what’s interesting or different about you and own that. Eventually, people will come around. Surround yourself with supportive people who will remind you what you’re original goal was. It’s easy to get caught up and frustrated.