Nafessa talks about how she got started in the entertainment industry, who she would like to work with, where she gets her inspiration, and how she would like to be remembered when it is all said and done...
Tell us a little about yourself… what led you to pursue acting and modeling? How did you get your start?
Well I am a Fearless Dreamer. Born and raised in Philly. I'm the oldest of four. Acting and modeling is my passion. I booked my first gig in Philly as a stand in for Eve for one of her music videos, "Anything I Want." From that experience, I knew this was something I wanted to do.
What are some of the projects that you have worked on.. what was one of your favorites and why?
I played a doctor on CBS's CodeBlack and that was an awesome experience. I would have to say my favorite role to date is Toya in my lastest film "Burning Sands" currently streaming on Netflix. Toya is fun, bold, fearless and unapologetic about who she is. She's empowering and I learned a lot from her.
What is your dream role? Who would you like to work with that you have not already?
I would love to work with Martin Scorsese, in an iconic gangster film of his.
Who are some people that you lookup to/admire in the industry and why?
I love Denzel Washington and Viola Davis I'm always inspired by how passionate they are about the craft. I love Issa Rae, she's the ultimate GirlBoss. She's starring in her own TV show which she executive produces...that's definitely inspiring.
What is the best piece of advice that you have received from an industry mentor?
The best advice I received is to always remain a student of the craft. Always stay in class and eager to learn. Whenever I'm not working on set I'm in class, even if I'm just there to watch. You'd be surprised how much you can learn just from watching other actors.
What advice/insight would you give to someone who is interested in pursuing a career in modeling and acting?
I would say find an acting class that works for you and the rest will fall into place. Surround yourself with other actors, directors, etc and learn the business.
Talk to us about your Fearless Dreamer brand and workshops. What can aspiring actors/actresses expect to learn from attending them?
My Fearless Dreamer workshops are designed for new and inspiring actors. I started these workshops so that I could teach new actors everything that I've been learning and experiencing in the industry. And to share some of my mistakes, in hopes they won't make the same ones.
In addition to your acting/modeling, you recently launched a online boutique with one of your childhood friends.. Congrats! How did that come about and what has the process of starting the business been like?
My partner Michelle Savage and I both have a love for fashion. It has always been my dream to have my own Forever 21 and together we created Saturday Dreaming, affordable fashion for the Fearless Dreamer, for the GirlBoss. Saturday Dreaming is truly as dream come true.
What would you say is your life's motto and what do you want your legacy to be long after you leave this earth?
I believe that "Life Begins when you follow your dreams and encourage others to follow theirs." I want people to be encouraged and inspired by my work. I want to be remembered as Fearless Dreamer and a risk taker.
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Also catch Nafessa in Black Lightening on the CW Tuesday evenings at 9pm! Congratulations!