Today we’d like to introduce you to Katisha Sargeant.
Hi Katisha, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I fell in love with the stage when I was 12 years old. This was my first time acting and I performed in the Teacher-Student Talent Show at my middle school. The moment I stepped off of the stage, I knew I wanted to go back. So when I got to high school, I joined the competition Drama Team and really took a deep dive into acting. Once I got to college, I performed in one of the University Theatre plays and even shot my first commercial, which was for the campus parking office. From there, I decided I wanted to try my hand at film acting. I was actually studying abroad in France when I got my first audition for a film. I remember the audition was on Skype, I was in my dorm room, and I had to rap a Nicki Minaj verse for it! It was awful and I did not get that role, but makes a great story! I did, however, continue auditioning when I got back to the states and that’s what led me to the first short film I starred in titled Roses R Red. It was really this experience that solidified the fact that I wanted to pursue film more seriously. So I looked up some schools, moved to LA, and started studying film acting!
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Smooth?! Absolutely not! But the “bumps” are what make everything exciting, in my opinion. I tend to lean on the more optimistic side of most things so I think I had this fantasy version of what acting would be like once I graduated film school and it was not that! I didn’t think about how difficult it would be at times to balance a survival job and the demands of auditions. I didn’t think about how much I would miss everyone that I left behind on the east coast to chase my dreams in LA. I didn’t realize how frustrating it would be to get callback after callback and still not book the role or how many times I would work for free to build my reel just to end up never even getting the footage! Honestly though, all of ups and downs are what made me realize that I really love doing this. It’s not an easy thing to pursue and if I wasn’t totally in love, I’m sure I would have packed my bags and headed back to Virginia shortly after film school!
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I love to use my imagination! My love for the work really lies in letting me stretch the boundaries of the truth and live in a new reality. Fantasy is definitely my thing — I love all things vampires, ware-wolves, and witches! I think that thing that sets me apart as an actress, as cliche as it sounds, is just me and my own life experiences and personality. I know it’s something people always say “you bring YOU to the role” but it’s really true. Everyone is unique because we all have different lives and the way that my life has affected me is what allows me to look a role and break it down or imagine things in ways that others wouldn’t. And that can be said across the board, I feel like.
I think one of the things that I’m most proud of in my body of work is actually my most recent piece. While it doesn’t have any vampires or magic, it is something that I am extremely proud of as I was able to executive produce and star in it. It’s a dramatic piece titled DECISIONS, written by the phenomenal Aiah Samba. He was kind enough to let me produce this script and let me tell you–It was a journey! I fully take my hat off to producers because it’s a lot of work! But all in all, I learned so much from this shoot and got an opportunity to work with some insanely talented folks. Jordane Christie is the leading man in this and the incomparable Sade Sellers directed. I am extremely proud of this piece and please keep up with it on IMDb because I cannot wait to share this project with everyone!
We’d love to hear about how you think about risk taking?
I think that understanding risk is very important. You need to be able to calculate a risk and decide what risk really means to you. For me, I feel like every decision you make has a risk. Whether the risk is quitting your day job to free up your time or moving back in with your parents to save money while pursuing your dreams, there is some risk associated with everything. I personally like to take the risks that I feel will help me long term. I truly think that growth is an uncomfortable process and I love to embrace that feeling of the “unknown”. Taking risks also help me to reevaluate my goals. If I set out a plan to reach my goal by doing X, Y, and Z, but then realize that X and Y don’t work based off of a few choices I’ve made, I then decide if Z is worth the risk or if I need to rethink the strategy. At the end of the day, I would always rather say I took the risk and tried instead of playing it safe and wondering what could’ve happened.
- Website: www.katishasargeant.com
- Instagram: instagram.com/tishareiss
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/katishasargeant
- Other: imdb.me/katishasargeant
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