LOS ANGELES, CA- In continuing the series of 'Living a Life of Purpose', the next individual, like JayTee Thompson, also wears many hats. Not only does this person have an array of talents, but she also thinks outside of the spectrum. She is most definitely one that you will never forget after she leaves your presence. Her witty, outgoing, and unique but intelligent way of thinking allows her to stand out in a crowd.
Ms. Karita Fleming, 26, Ohio native, is an actress, model and film director. She has been featured on Vibe.com's Vixen of the Week. She has also been booked for jobs with MTV2, Syfy, Justin Timberlake, Justin Bieber, Pitbull and over 50 national and international brands. Not to mention, Fleming was the first African American woman to play the leading role in a science fiction movie, "Love (less)". Fleming said that her goal is to challenge herself, and she is doing just that.
How did you know your purpose was in entertainment?
Well, I've always had a big mouth, that's a no brainier (laughs). But, I guess the best way to put it is, James Baldwin once said, "That the camera is the language of our dreams." I remember when I first saw her, it was love at first sight...It was Betty Davis in 'All About Eve', and she was AMAZING! I remember sitting there as a kindergartner thinking that I was just going to fly around the room and take off from the edge of my seat, and never ever come back down...and I never have. (smiles).
Are you currently working on any projects?
I'm always working on a lot of projects. The one that I'm really excited about right now is 'A Child's Game'. A Child's Game is the true story of how a woman captures a serial killer who killed 12 women, one of them being her best friend, by turning herself into bait. I think that alone brings up questions of vigilante justice because we currently live, well i guess we have always lived, in a society that has always glorified vigilante justice, or the folk hero. Our country was founded on it, that's how we escaped the British (laughs).
But I think in a culture that glorifies Batman and Spiderman, which all practice vigilante justice, you have to ask yourself that once you take that concept out of the movies then what does that mean? I think it takes in a huge subject, one of which right now is the heart of the gun control project problem, is it alright to take the law into your own hands?
This brings up an exciting idea! And for me as an actress, I love roles that question the way we think. I love roles that question the way I think. I love roles that question the way we as a society think. And that is incredibly exciting. (smiles).
How are you able to balance having a "regular" day job with the pursuit of launching your entertainment career?
I guess balance is the key word here because every day is a teeter-totter between you and your inter pre-Madonna. Hopefully you luck out and get a boss who understands that dream.
Why is it important to keep a stable job while pursuing your purpose of being in the entertainment industry?
Why is having a job important? Food, rent, toilet paper...you know, no biggie! Nothing you need to worry about.
What is your advice to others who want to pursue a career in the entertainment industry?
Everybody wants to make it, but the truth is not all of us are going to make it, not most of us, not even 90 percent of us are going to make it. So, you have to ask yourself, what is making it to you? What is your goal? What is it when you finally made it? Is it an Oscar? Is it when your play gets on TV? You have to ask yourself what "it" is then go for it 100 percent.
For me, I'll either be a legend or a cautionary tale, but no matter what I'm going to go balls to the wall, full throttle, 100 percent. And that's how you have to do it because for me I know there is no other choice than this. If all else fails, nothing else can fail.