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Daily Inspiration: Meet Beulah Obioma

Today we’d like to introduce you to Beulah Obioma.

Hi Beulah, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I moved to LA during the fall of 2017 to study for my BFA in Screen Acting at the New York Film Academy aka NYFA. During my stay in NYFA, I quickly released that the campus didn’t have any working opportunities for international students to fend for themselves so I applied for a work permit and went into modeling to help me afford my stay in LA. My academy journey ran into COVID, which was very challenging and quite depressing because I had just signed a modeling contract I didn’t get to utilize. The whole season of quarantine was challenging which motivated me to seek refuge in my first love, music. I had been writing songs, poems and poetry for as long as I could remember and during the cold seasons of quarantine, the words I put down plus the love of God helped me come out of some really dark places and today, I’m grateful to be pursuing my music, acting and modeling as I’m learning to focus on what I can control, be grateful(sometimes content) as I push to put myself out there, improve in my craft and become a better person.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It has been incredibly challenging, especially to stay motivated during the journey but in some of those down moments, I try to remind myself that if it were easy, everyone would do it. So I put on my big girl pants, pray, write, exercise, have a good cry sometimes, spend time with loved ones to regenerate and move forward.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I am an actor, model, singer & songwriter. I studied acting in school and while studying, I started modeling building my portfolio and gaining experience. Music is my latest adventure. I’m learning a lot about how each industry is connected and how each relates to the other. I’m mostly known for all of my crafts because I pour a lot of time and energy into my craft. One of my proud moments since moving is Graduating from NYFA, gained new membership in British Academy of Film and Television Arts aka BAFTA during quarantine and releasing a few singles in the past few months and even shot a few music videos safely during quarantine. It’s been amazing achieving these results as an international student from Nigeria. Back home, being a creative is not encouraged because the country is not stable enough to have everyone “chase their dreams” so being in an environment where I get paid to challenge my creativity is a big blessing that I intend not to take for granted.

What has been the most important lesson you’ve learned along your journey?
“Just do it scared” it sounds cheesy but there are many ideas, directions and projects I wanted to pursue but hesitated because I felt it wasn’t good enough or I wasn’t good enough but when I decided to put it out there with whatever packaging and presentation I had, I got so much positive feedback on it and even more for trying. It doesn’t serve me to think it in my head alone, compare myself, think of my shortcomings but, to do the best I can with what I have and surely do much better the next time, thus, growth! Growing doesn’t happen when we hide. It happens when we dig deep and plant ourselves in what we want to do. For a moment, it may feel like we’re buried, but as time goes on, we grow up to see the light on the other side of the work. So I move, regardless of whatever obstacle I face, I keep moving.

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