I’ve been creative since I was 3 or 4 years old, I was always performing for my family, at school and in church. When I was 15 my mother enrolled me in acting classes at the E.T.A. in Chicago. The next year I transferred to the Chicago Academy for the Arts where I studied theater and eventually musical theater. I went on to college at Columbia where I studied film with a concentration in producing & after 1 semester I dropped out and went to Atlanta to pursue a music career. I returned to Chicago and began working on an indie film which landed me in a public feud with a more established filmmaker. In the mist of lots of self created chaos I left Chicago and returned to Atlanta, when the music scene in Atlanta didn’t play out the way I’d expected I left for California.
I was homeless in San Francisco for a week when I went to live with a close friend of the family in Sacramento. There I worked on my music with a band and prepared several film scripts for my transition to LA. I went to live with a cousin in Compton and over my several years stay in California lived with a host of relatives and friends covering Culver City, Moreno Valley, Venice Beach and Marina Del Rey. While in LA I became a personal shopper to several celebrities through my retail job at Nordstorm and was later blessed with a short career as a wardrobe dresser in the Los Angles theater scene where I had the chance to dress some Broadway legends, most notably Carol Lawrence. Down on my luck I left LA headed once again to Atlanta.
While working a retail job I met producer Wanda Shelley which eventually led to my job as the development assistant on the successful Bravo series Being Bobby Brown. Feeling it was time for me to move on from the production company Wanda owned along with producer Tracey Baker I took a temp position as the Company Manger at the Atlanta Ballet. When my short run ended there I landed a job with the woman who had coordinated Being Bobby Brown, Atlanta legend Katie Troebs, on the Tyler Perry film Madea’s Family Reunion. During pre-production of the then new series House of Payne my high risk pregnancy caused me to have to leave the show un-credited. After years of hiatus from the film industry, working in retail management, I met a young up and coming filmmaker Henderson “Mr. 23” Maddox and co-produced a film with him 5 Days in the A. The film went on to receive official selection at the San Diego Black Film Festival and the San Francisco Black Film Festival, in addition Henderson received the award for Best Director at the San Diego Black Film Festival. While in post production on 5 Days in the A I took a position on the Tyler Perry film I Can Do Bad All By Myself. In 2011 I produced He Who Plays With Fire via my production company PPE, LLC along side my partners LaShunda Simpson and Angela Dobbs. The film was written, directed and co-produced by Lem Collins.
I’ve done it all in the midst of an over a decade long battle with cancer. I also graduated from Massage Therapy school and have performed with several improv comedy troupes. I am now studying Media Arts – Animation with a specialization in Visual Effects at the Art Institute Atlanta – Decatur. I’m working as a bookseller at the childrens bookstore Little Shop of Stories and I have fallen in love with working with children. My job allows me to read stories to the kids and offered a new opportunity as a licensee of my own business, The Learning Groove; a developmental, music class for newborns, infants and toddlers. I am also an official soccer Mom, my son plays both soccer and basketball.
So who am I to tell you what’s hot in the plus size world? I’ve shopped for stars, dressed legends, been in the spotlight myself and defeated some tough odds, all while looking thick and delicious!