Today we’d like to introduce you to Karla Mosley.
Hi Karla, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I grew up in Westchester, NY to parents who were probably unrealized artists themselves. As a result, my love of the arts was always celebrated and nurtured. I loved to sing and by High School any time I could find myself in a theater, I was there. I went on the receive a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. I studied Musical Theatre and Experimental Theatre – a perfect fit for me because Musical Theatre gave me solid technical training, but Experimental Theatre really helped develop my creative brain and unique voice. I also concentrated on Community Based Art because, for me, art and social justice/revolution go hand in hand.
Before I graduated college, I booked a job on Hi-5, a children’s program that would air on TLC and Discovery Kids in North and Central America but shot in Sydney, Australia. After leaving Hi-5 I went back to theatre, starring in “Dreamgirls” in Houston and an original piece called “Expatriate” Off-Broadway at The Culture Project. I also continued work in film and TV with series regular roles on “The Guiding Light” and “The Bold and The Beautiful”.
Currently, I am part of 2 LA based theatre companies Ammunition Theatre Co (Founding Member) and IAMA Theatre Co. I co-host a podcast with Roxana Ortega called “The Risking Space” about art and risk. I also run a production company, 1:1 Productions, with Tina Huang which champions women of color in front of and behind the camera. And I’m sitting right now in Minneapolis wrapping up a powerful and entertaining musical called “The Most Beautiful Home…Maybe” which addresses the need for affordable housing in a beautiful way and will be debuting at Redcat in DTLA this May 2022.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Ha! You know, my acting career has been quite a lovely ride thus far, but LIFE has certainly had its ups and downs. One of the most challenging moments was when my first daughter was born three years ago. We lost my niece who was born with a heart condition just two weeks before her birth. That was extremely challenging but has also inspired me to make sure that my work/life balance is in check. I don’t always succeed, but I’ve gotten much better at it. I was also blessed with my job at “The Bold and The Beautiful” during the entire time she was alive. Because I was working steadily and because of our shoot schedule, I was able to fly to NY to be with her and my family every 2-3 weeks. It certainly wasn’t always easy, but I’ll never regret a moment of the time that I got to spend there.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I’m an actor and a singer. I also produce theater, film and TV. But, I specialize in art as activism. I love finding subversive ways to challenge norms on any creative project I encounter – whether that’s in my acting or how I advocate behind the scenes.
We all have a different way of looking at and defining success. How do you define success?
Success is being present with whatever I’m doing and being in line with what I feel my purpose and life’s vision is. That doesn’t mean that life doesn’t sometimes take unexpected detours. But, if I’m present and coming from purpose/love, then I can trust the curveballs.
- Website: 1to1productions.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/karlamose/
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Damu Malik and TCK Photos are both LA based photographers and took these shots.