Tell us what you do!
I’m an artist and actress. As an actress, I’m known for my role as Chick on The Couple, which is now in development at HBO. As an artist, I work in photography, film/video art, and large scale installation where I often recreate my memories and dream life. I’m also Co-Founder and Creative Executive at Black&Sexy TV.
Did you go to college? If so, where?
I did not attend college. I studied under Milton Katselas for acting.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
I wanted to be an actress, though I was writing from a very young age (7 or 8), and always had an interest in the arts.
How did you get to where you are now? Tell us your story!
My entire life has been unorthodox. I lived a complex childhood, was raised partially on a farm, and traveled to some obscure places. I’ve always been a person on the fringe. I’ve always been ambitious and competitive. Along the way I attracted like-minded people, and we built things together, or they supported my work as mentors, benefactors, or fans. Those alliances helped me tremendously. I’m tenacious and use my creativity–not just to create–but to solve problems, and this has helped me to get where I am as well.
Any obstacles along the way?
Of course. It’s no fun without a little tension. However, my biggest obstacle is always myself. When things aren’t going well, it’s because I’ve messed up on communication with someone, or not trusted myself, or simply had the wrong attitude or perspective on the situation.
Who is your idol?
I try not to idolize anyone, but I really love and respect Jill Soloway. Our work, The Couple and Transparent, screened together at Sundance 2014 panel, and we got to know each other after that. We had lunch, and I felt so refreshed afterwards that here is a woman who has put her life on display with such finesse and love – I’m very impressed by her.
Three personal traits/qualities that helped you get to where you are:
Tenacity, Humor, Foresight.
Where would you like to be in five years?
In 2020? I’d like to be a woman you come to if you need real financing for a film or art project, and that I’m in the position of abundance to give it to you. I’d like Black&Sexy TV to be a household name that the entire community can be proud of and benefit from. I’d like to be seen and heard on a world scale in my artwork, and play meaningful roles in films and series which excite me. My daughter will be eight years old — I’ve already made promises to her about what her life will be like when she turns five. We’re on our way.
Define “Girl Boss” in your own words.
We’re in a time where women of all ages are trying to reconcile what it means to be a feminist, or have agency over our lives. The term Girl Boss illustrates this juxtaposition to me. We’re girls – we’re feminine – but we are bosses making our own decisions, starting our own businesses.
Describe your style/fashion sense:
I’ve always been drawn to well-made classic and understated pieces. I love comfort and casual chic. At the same time, I also love a strong statement piece — vintage or modern. I’m very minimal with accessories, and would rather focus on my hair, great shoes, and a bold lip. For me, it’s always a balance of playfulness, sensuality, and clean feminine lines. I absolutely love the fun and creativity of coming up with red carpet looks — it’s one of the great perks of working in this industry.
Favorite brand right now?
Go-to clothing item/accessory right now?
Topshop has a great high waist stretch denim that puts everything in its right place. My waist is slim and hips are thick, so my girls with this body type — go over there and get you some. They are under 100 bucks I believe.
What’s your can’t-live-without beauty product?
Mascara. I abhor false eyelashes, but a little mascara is a must for me even if I wear no other makeup — which is often the case when I’m not on set.
Go-to nail color?
I always try something new with nail colors. Really depends on my mood. Right now I have a grey scale on. Before that, I had a bright blue. All depends.
Lots of cream. No sugar.
What makes you feel beautiful?
Wearing well-made clothes. Dim lights. Good hair days. Creating.
What makes you feel badass?
Bikram Yoga and training with the relentless Boba Andric! Making impossible deadlines happen.
Sophia Amoruso’s #GIRLBOSS inspired me. What book has inspired you?
Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes.
No Girl Boss is perfect. What’s your vice? (i.e. Chocolate, tequila, Justin Bieber, etc.)
Sleeping in and eating everything on the Do-Not-Eat list.
Which artist/band/DJ are you really into right now?
I love indie artists Fritzwa, Alex Isley, Gwen Bunn, B. Jamelle – all artists that have been featured on Black&Sexy TV.
What song makes you feel like a Girl Boss?
Gonna have to take it back — the Lil Kim verse on Mobb Deep Quiet Storm.
What’s a quote that inspires/motivates you?
“Well-behaved women seldom make history.”
Best advice you’ve ever received? And who gave it to you?
Don’t explain. Don’t complain. A dear elder friend told me this. When I take this advice, it’s always in my best interest.
Advice to future girl bosses:
Take a voice class. Then use your voice well — the one people can hear and the one people can feel.