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Inspiring Conversations with Imani Nia Robinson of Faith & Purpose Productions

Today we’d like to introduce you to Imani Nia Robinson. 

Hi Imani Nia, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I entered into the world of the arts at the early age of nine. I was a visual artist, performed in theatre shows, and played the flute. I quickly realized that acting was my number one passion. I auditioned and got a recurring role on HBO’s, The Wire Season 4. I then attended Baltimore School for the Arts for high school where I studied the craft of acting. It was during my junior year in high school where I wrote a one-act for my classmates to perform. Scriptwriting became a new love of mine, and I was interested in learning more about that art form. 

I attended the California Institute of the Arts, where I received my BFA in acting. While there, I had an internship on HBO’s, Treme in the Writers’ Office. After that internship ended, I interned at HBO in the Original Programming department. 

After I graduated with a BFA from CalArts, I wanted to learn more about the television industry and was curious about the process behind the camera. I was hired as an on-set Production Assistant on the pilot of HBO’s, The Deuce. Once the show was picked up, I was working as the Writers’ Office Assistant for Season 1. I was also blessed to have been cast in a role on episode 5 during that same season. 

Once The Deuce got renewed for its 2nd and 3rd season, I returned to New York to work and was promoted as the Executive Producers’ Assistant. The entire learning process has been rewarding and I am beyond thankful. Each opportunity has provided growth and knowledge to take me to higher heights! 

I recently completed UCLA’s Professional Program in Screenwriting and received a certificate in June 2021. 

I have been an acting coach to children individually over the last two years and see the many benefits it has in their social-emotional development and increased confidence with public speaking. I have found a love for teaching the craft of acting and writing, and hope that my recently written and well-received theater curriculum will reach many outlets. 

My career journey has been nothing short of a consistent blessing. Imani means ‘Faith’ and Nia (my middle name) means ‘Purpose’ — both of which I try to live by daily. 

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
I never thought of becoming an entrepreneur until my mother encouraged me to create my LLC – Faith & Purpose Productions, LLC. It’s been an exciting journey and I’ve learned a lot about owning a business and the responsibility that comes with it. 

Learning ways to market myself and how to earn consistent income has been a challenge. I enrolled myself into the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School: Business Consulting Lab, which has been crucial to my business’ development. It aided me and I improved my business structure and created a marketing plan. 

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know?
Committed to service of the arts, education, and community, Faith & Purpose Productions, LLC caters to and prioritizes the creative minds of children and young adults. We believe in the importance of instilling confidence and public speaking in children and adults by way of performing. We encourage and instill Faith and Purpose into our program — which students will incorporate in their academic and personal lives. We also offer Production Development Consulting, Script/Story Development Assistance, and Script Proofing and Formatting services. We take pride in bringing our clients’ vision to fruition. 

We’re always looking for the lessons that can be learned in any situation, including tragic ones like the Covid-19 crisis. Are there any lessons you’ve learned that you can share?
The Covid-19 pandemic taught me how to adapt. The world was put on pause and I was unemployed. I had to figure out a way to use my skills in exchange for profit. I had to reinvent the wheel for myself financially. It took adjustment, focus, and me coming out of my comfort zone to realize that teaching was one of my strengths. I was nervous entering into this new territory, but change is needed in order to grow. I am not sure I would have given teaching a try if it weren’t for the pandemic. 

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