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Meet Charmel Catrell

Today we’d like to introduce you to Charmel Catrell.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I’m originally from St. Louis, Mo. and was raised in San Antonio, TX. I’ve dreamed of becoming an Actress since I was a child, watching old Hollywood classics with my Mother on Sunday afternoons was the beginning of a vision far greater than myself. When I turned 19, I decided to make that dream a reality, I packed up all of my belongings and headed to Los Angeles. That was 18 1/2 years ago the journey has been long and hard, often times bitter sweet and most certainly it hasn’t looked anything like I ever imagined. I’ve had acting roles here and there and worked alongside of some pretty amazing talent. In between looking for the next gig, dealing with everyday personal life I found myself struggling to process my feelings and thoughts at times and I started writing as a way to release. First it began with poetry and then it turned into screenplays. Writing is very therapeutic and has helped me in so many ways. The path to poetry started as a way to deal, cope and express those said feelings. In 2019 I finally released that collection in the form of a poetry chapbook on Amazon titled “Mind Trip” which is what I hope will be a resource tool to not only bring Mental Health Awareness to the minority communities but also that they will recognize the signs and seek treatment. I’m currently focused more on the writing aspect and working on various screenplays, I just finished a short film that revolves around the same topic that will be produced under my newly formed production company “Labor of Love.”

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The road most certainly has not been smooth by any means. It’s been filled with plenty of tears, disappointment, heartache, and heart break. I started off as an Actress trying to just “Make It” as so many of us do. After 18 years of struggling and stuffing down many thoughts and feelings along the way, I didn’t realize it, but I fell into a state of depression, and was dealing with enormous amounts of anxiety due to trying to keep a roof over my head all while working to materialize my dream. Representation throughout the years would come and go sometimes with money that wasn’t owed and I would find myself starting from scratch on many occasions trying to secure auditions without an Agent/ Manager. My personal life was often in shambles and I was 2000 miles away from my family, overall it was a living hell. Eventually one day I hit a wall and was forced to deal with my mental well-being. Although the journey has been beyond difficult it has showed me so much about myself that I didn’t know, such as my own strength and ability to not only persevere but overcome. Looking back over my life and the path I chose, I never in a million years thought it would lead to the journey I’m now on. Sometimes your greatest struggles will turnout to be your greatest blessings.

Please tell us more about your story. What do you do? What do you specialize in? What sets you apart from competition?
I’m a Creative, and the thing that sets me apart is “Me.” Granted there are a million creatives in this world, but the great thing is we are all different and unique in our own special way. There are no two people alike, no one else possesses your essence, vibe, style, or way of thinking and expressing yourself. Sure, I’ve had roles here and there on quite a few amazing shows, and some may not think that I’ve actually “Made It,” since I’m not a series regular yet, but the true definition of success is how you define it. The path I’m on now, the one that allows me to stand in my Truth and use it as a catalyst and platform to write, produce, act, and direct real and compelling stories about the everyday struggles that people of color not only endure but overcome, is more than enough for me, and in my eyes “I’m Well On My Way To Creating Something Worth Being Known For.”

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
My mother has been a source of great inspiration in my life, raising four children alone was not an easy task, her strength, character, and endurance are most certainly things I admire and cherish, not to mention she has been my greatest cheerleader. My sister is one of the most amazing counselors and help mates I could ever ask for, on the days where I question the journey she laces up her sneakers and gets in the game with me, never shying away from anything. I also have some of the most amazing group of friends who have grown with me, supported me, and advocated for me and my success on every level throughout the years, I thank God for them. Also my official mentor, Kasey Whitney has encouraged me every step of the way, she recognized my talent for writing long before I did. Her support has been life changing, she created a space and environment for me to dream out loud and inspired me to move forward. It’s so important to keep people around you who not only encourage you but speak great things into your life, even when you can’t fathom those things for yourself.

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Wes Klain- White Sweater
Jovana Brush- Candid Book Promos

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