FREE SPIRIT: There are more than seven shades to this multifaceted artist, who is having a carer high at age 40; (below) with costars Volier Johnson and Deon Silvera.
I am an actor who’s been doing theatre locally for years, and I’ve been very fortunate. I enjoy living and working in Jamaica. I don’t have ambitions to fly off and capture some kind of medal or something like that. I’m very happy doing what I’m doing right here at home.
At this stage of my life, more than ever, work defines me. I’m grateful for every script that I get and I like to work hard. I’m most happy when I’m working, so I always pray that I have work. Not all of it is going to be wonderful but just the consistency and continuity of it is what I appreciate most.
I’m a multi-disciplinary artist. I take a lot of photography. I do a lot of writing. I like to paint. I enjoy creating. So if I’m not on stage, other kinds of creative work consumes me. But the theatre is my passion. That’s where I do my best work. I love it, love it. You have to do what you love, and it’s nice to take on roles and invest in character and express emotion. I find it very cathartic.
Lucky for me, I’ve been able to, and continue to, collaborate with some of the greats in the industry. I’m up with Oliver [Samuels] again in December; it was nice to do that big run with him in 2015. I also enjoyed sharing the stage with [Keith] Shebada [Ramsey]; I’m going to be working with him again soon. But there are other actors I’ve never worked with who I admire, like Alwyn Scott. Hopefully one day I’ll get to share the stage with him.
Right now I’m starring in the all-female show Seven Shades of Woman. It’s not the typical play. It’s experimental work; a series of poems, monologues and scenes and taking on multiple roles, which I find daunting actually. It’s a lot of work to go out there and develop character and be alone a lot of the time, but it is a nice stretch and a nice change for me. And it’s my first time working with Julene [Robinson], who is a wonderful talent. And the show has also afforded me the opportunity to work with certain actresses I’ve worked with before like Shawna [Kae Burns] and Shantol Jackson.
So my theatre family has grown considerably. And so, too, has my real family. I’ve moved back home with my mom, and my sister has also moved back home. Both of us are unmarried, so we have great house with 13 dogs now! I only have sisters, and we are all very close. It’s nice that in our adult years we can all be so very close. At 40, I’m far apart in age from them but we are the greatest of friends.
Will I ever get married again? Maybe one day. Like the theatre, I love marriage and I love love, so we’ll see.
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