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A Q&A with Nyesha Whitten-Wilson, driven to succeed

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I always use that gray area between Christmas Day and New Years to write down goals for the new year. You should do the same. As you do so, if you are looking for inspiration and an example of an actor who is determined, driven and doing what it takes to win, look no further than Nyesha Whitten-Wilson, who was nice enough to share what's going on in her sizzling career in this space:

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Who is Nyesha-Whitten Wilson?

Let's see I'm a mother of four, I am the leader of praise and worship at my church. I am full of ambition, and I love to be around people who are dreamers and would like to see life outside of the box. I love to make people smile laugh and feel... feel from deep within.

Do you feel any of your roles have conflicted with your faith?

Wow, that's a question I ask myself and steadily pray daily about. I do feel strongly that everything I do whether on stage or film or in any aspect of my life, must ultimately be glorifying to God. Yes I will have characters who may have less than stellar characteristics, maybe a few colorful words, but if it tells a story that must be told I'll take the role and pray on how it comes across to the audience.

In example in "The Bedroom" there was a love scene, but I did again pray before asking that what comes across the screen to be beautiful in a way that it shows the beauty in a union of two lives in marriage, the way it's supposed to be. In another odd role I portrayed a transgendered female, and as nervous as I was, after reading the script and accepting the role I was happy that I could tell the story of so many who don't have a voice in that particular issue. Unfortunately I will turn down roles due to nudity or vulgarity. I believe there's too many great writers and directors out there who have wonderful works that deserve to be told by actors and audience who are craving substance. To sum it up, substance is a major factor for me.

How do you choose roles?

I choose roles greatly on the content, after reading the script or getting details from the writer about what story they are trying to tell and how. I always get asked how I maintain a full time job as an actress with being so picky for roles. My answer is that what's for me is for me and no other can fill my shoes. When it's predestined I just walk into it. If I can't reiterate it enough, I pray.

Can you describe yourself using one word?

Determined, blessed, grateful... oh, that's more than one right? Sorry, but that's hard to do. Maybe, I'll just say driven!

This year I spent time in the French Riviera watching myself on screen at the Cannes film Festival; so in 2014 I'm believing that I will land that role that's going to get me to the Oscars and get me an award. I dream big, and I work hard.

When did you decide that you were an actress?

It was in second grade when I was picked by whom I know now as a drama teacher. This woman picked me out of class and started me in her theater program. It was from there on that I fell in love with stage by having my first performance. I felt very comfortable there. So it seems that performing chose me before I chose it.

Did anything deter you from fulfilling your dreams?

I think I deterred myself from fulfilling my dreams because when I was younger I was afraid. I was in talented in music, talented in art, talented in dance, and talented in theater classes, and I just did not know where I wanted to concentrate my studies. The stress of trying to pick a major in college made me run off to the military. And in the military my hunger for performing was not fulfilled, so I got out and tried to live a normal life until the itch came back for performing.

What did you achieve in the year of 2013? What did your 2013 year look like?

My year of 2013 started off very quickly from filmfests to theater festivals, and performing in several shows; 2013 is been very interesting. My film short "The Bedroom" showed at the Pan African film Festival, the San Diego Black film Festival, the Martha's Vineyard Black Film Festival, Women Doing It by Themselves Film Festival, La Femme Film Festival and the Cannes Film Festival. I performed in "Love changes Everything" at the Washington DC Black Theater Festival and the Atlanta Black Theater Film Festival. My award-winning web series entitled "Sista Wives"came back for it's second season, to millions of fans. I performed in a play entitled "Unraveled" which opened up to a sold-out crowd, and landed a few roles in series pilots for the year 2014. I also performed in "Make Room for Love", "Ugly Baby" "Justice for All" on stage and background on several shows filmed in the DMV area.

What does the year 2014 look like for you Nyesha?

Thankfully my calendar is already starting to fill up, I'm filming a television pilot entitled "Love gone crazy" for the Christian woman's network written and directed by a local writer here in the DMV by the name of Rosie Rogers; that show airs early January. I am also filming a movie in Los Angeles directed by Danielle Ross which title and information I'm not privy to give out at this time, but I'm really excited about. I'm also coming back to the stage with a local writer by the name of Marlon Green for romantic comedy that is sure to make you laugh, cry, dance and capture every emotion possible!


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