Dear Character, this is how it always goes down. From the pages I observe you, closely. I listen to you, carefully. I consume you, your joy, sadness, hatred, fear and courage. I fall in love with you. I become you. We become one.
I AM AN ACTOR.
I am Mrs. Mason, the fire breathing community activist-grandmother in American Thief, a feature film by award winning writer, director Miguel Silvera. -2017
I am Alicia, a domestic abuse survivor, a nurturer with dreams. I feed homeless people while doling out tough love in Roughly Speaking, a new play written by Shara Ashley, directed by Celine Rosenthal. -2016
I am Chief Sanders. My job is tough and I hold it down in One Too Many, a short film written and directed by Amber Robinson. -2016
I am Vivian, a scholar fighting for my life in a class project produced for Columbia University MFA student director, Gauri Adelkar. -2016
I am Marjorie Lewis, a former jazz singer, my life is? I smoke cigarettes, wash my disappointment down with cheap wine and amuse myself with scratch offs in Lucky Motel Six, a short film written and directed by Lauren Muller. -2015
I am pioneer aviator. I refused to take NO for an answer and became the first Black person to earn an international license to fly and the world’s first Black woman pilot (1921) This is my solo play, A Dream to Fly: Inspired by the Life & Times of Bessie Coleman.
I am Madeline McCray, actress, wife, activist, mother, writer, GrandMama (aka NaneMa) and coach!
One of my favorite quotes: “Where you start isn’t nearly as important as where you finish.”–Zig Ziglar To me, LIFE is all about the journey, what we learn from life experiences. It’s how we choose to treat one another and ourselves. As artist, we must set aside time to explore our inner most feelings, then put to good use the things we uncover. Stillness and self reflection is where we find peace, the power of clarity and the courage to stand firm on crucial issues that deserve our support. This stuff, these layers of our humanity must show up in our heart and in our art, every single day.
I’m starting a new blog soon, check it out from time to time when you have a moment. I hope to inspire more people to do more to help end the cycle of violence and sexual assault against women, children, transgender women and LGBQT people. When you see or hear a crime of this nature, help. You can report it to the authorities, anonymously and you can google search organizations that work with victims to learn more ways to help save lives!
Shine your radiant light!