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Daily Inspiration: Meet Dara Adedara

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dara Adedara.

Hi Dara, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I grew up in a suburb of Chicago and am a child of two pastors. Growing up in the church, I loved singing and performing every Sunday and that love of performing is something I’ve carried with me throughout my whole life. I did acting and singing throughout my years in middle and high school and it solidified my dreams of becoming an actress. I am currently a student at the University of Southern California majoring in Theatre with an Acting Emphasis. My freshman year was cut short and all of my sophomore years, classes were online due to Covid. While being online me and my two friends, Kennedy Hill and Wynton Jones decided to form our own production company, “Fifth Floor Studios” and create our first project “A Black College Show” in May of 2021. Fifth Floor Studios came from all three of us living on the 5th floor of our building freshman year. On the 5th floor is Somerville, the black floor. Somerville was one of my favorite memories from freshman year and that is truly what brought us together and much closer. We actually took a lot of inspiration for A Black College Show through our Somerville experiences. Taking what I learned from “A Black College Show”, I am excited to use that to continue furthering my career as an actress and even expanding into different facets of the entertainment industry.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has been anything but a smooth road for me. Acting is not an easy career path to take on in the slightest, but one thing about me is when I set my mind to something, I always finish it. Especially something I am so passionate about. I think a large challenge that I faced when I was younger and was aspiring to be in this career path was seeing a certain demographic of people on screen. Whenever I would watch some of my favorite TV shows and movies, I never saw a plus-sized, darkskin Black girl in the role of being the main character. They were always fulfilling a stereotypical role of whether that be the funny, sassy best friend or the mean girl who was in opposition to the main character. Not seeing yourself in a place you aspire to be in can be very difficult and it was something that I internally had to come to terms with. The world hasn’t allowed for Black women to break the mold and fill these roles of being the main character or being the nice girl or even on the screen at all, but I am hopeful for a change to come. People always say that you should be the change you want to see, which is why I am grateful to have worked on a project driven by Black people and giving storylines of Black people that we don’t see.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I myself am an actress and more recently a producer as well. I specifically have acted in well over 20 plays and musicals, a few background roles in television, and also many short films. Most recently, I starred in, produced, and created “A Black College Show” along with my two other friends from college as well. This project is something I am extremely proud of because throughout all odds, we were able to complete the project and we are working to get it out to people this fall.

So, before we go, how can our readers or others connect or collaborate with you? How can they support you?
People who are interested in collaboration with me can easily reach out to me in any capacity whether that be on Instagram or any other social network. I am always excited to meet and work with other creatives, especially Black creatives because our voices have been silenced and our stories haven’t been told in the capacity that they should be.

Contact Info:

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  • Instagram: daraadedara
  • Twitter: dara_adedara

Image Credits:

Photographer for 1 of the 4 images – Jeremy Davis

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