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Meet Simone Posey

Today we’d like to introduce you to Simone Posey.

Simone, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Many people claim that home is where you grew up, where you were raised. However, I’m a firm believer in the fact that home is where ever you make it, wherever you feel like your most authentic self.

Originally I am from Prince Georges County, Maryland. I grew up known as “the tap dancer”. I mean I literally tap danced down the hallways in school, at talent shows, and in every room in the house (including the bathroom). Dance was such a huge part of my life, that when it was time to decide at the age of 17, what I would do with the rest of my life, i.e., college, I choose to major in what I knew best…you guessed it…Dance.

Two weeks after graduating college I moved to New York City with $300 in my pocket, no job, but at least I had a room to rent that cost exactly $300. New York was the place that taught me tough love, sacrifice, and what it meant to “find home”. While living in New York for five years, I must have changed my address a total of seven times, as well as my job title. I went from hosting, to working at Party City, to sleeping in libraries in between jobs trying to save money for the bus, to Events coordinating, and finally earning a full scholarship to attend graduate school. I taught High School Special Education/General Education English for two years in Brooklyn. As much as I love my students, I was searching for more in regards to my life and my purpose.

I decided one day to buy a car, pack it up and move to Los Angeles…again with no job but a lot of faith, searching yet again for “home”. After three weeks of waking up at the crack of dawn to look for places to apply for jobs, and walking down Hollywood Blvd. passing out resumes. I stumbled into The Parlor to have dinner with two friends. Oddly enough my waitress was Daffany M. Clark, who was also an actress on the hit show The Fosters. Me being the extremely vocal person that I am, I asked her if she knew anyone hiring. She got me an interview at her other job, as well as invited me to the acting class she attends, Breaking Through Actors Workshop. I took her up on the offer and decided to attend the acting class. When I stepped on the black box stage I experienced something incredible, a feeling that I had never experienced with dance. I cried I laughed, I felt so free. That was the moment that I knew my purpose was to motivate others via my passion, acting. From that moment on I realized that home wasn’t necessarily a place, but for me it was my love for acting, the creative space where I could be my most authentic self.

Great, 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?
Being an artist almost never encompasses a smooth road. Money seems to be the root of all evil. As an artist, I struggle with making enough money to invest in myself and my career, as well as paying the normal bills that come with being an adult…health insurance vs. taking acting class. However, I made a promise to myself that acting will always come before my jobs.

Another struggle that many people are afraid to discuss is the idea of coming to terms with dating and having kids later on in life. Growing up on the east coast, its the norm to see people get married, have kids, etc. all in their twenties. I mean I receive baby shower announcements, wedding announcements, etc. every two months. It was difficult, at first, to sort of separate myself from the “east coast state of mind” and to put my focus on my craft. Acting is a very selfish beast that requires all of your time and energy.

I think one of the biggest obstacles of all is getting use to hearing the word “No” or not hearing anything at all. It was a huge blow the first three months I started going out on auditions and ultimately booking nothing. There’s so much time and preparation that go into an audition, that when you don’t book it takes a toll on your confidence. However, like anything that’s worth having you fall and get back up again repeatedly, to the point that each fall makes your confidence stronger and ultimately you more hungry to work.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am an artist, an actress. Ultimately, I am the walking billboard or electronic press kit for my business. I specialize in showcasing my brand as a black, blunt, beautiful, sexy, tough, yet vulnerable woman. As actors, one should be able to know who you are via the way you carry yourself, dress, talk, etc., outside of when you are doing the work to breathe life into a role.

I’m known for not being afraid. I honestly love playing every role, from a crack addict to a Queen of a dynasty.

Recently, I’ve taken more pride into embodying how a character would talk, look, carry his or herself in regards to preparing for an audition. I specialize in being prepared and making the efforts to make a role become reality according to my interpretation.

I believe that not limiting myself to play only certain types of roles sets me apart from others. Yes, being typecast gets you in the door to be recognized, however, turning down certain roles could stifle your artistry and career. As an actress it’s my job to play, why not have fun playing somebody that you are not.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Perseverance and Discipline are most important to my success. I’ve used the times when I’ve been placed on an Avail or the many times that I haven’t booked a job to fuel me and make me want to do more. In this field no one is going to work harder for you than you do for yourself. Therefore it’s important to keep going and to know that your time will come. It’s also important to reflect and value the “wins”, the jobs that you have booked.

In regards to Discipline, it’s important for me to have a routine and to stick to it. I go to the gym five days a week at 6 am to prepare my body and my mind for any auditions I might have during the day. I also attend acting class, audition technique classes, saving money for headshots, submitting for projects, networking, self-taping, and keeping in touch with my representation, etc.

Success with Discipline and Perseverance leads to longevity. I’m in it for the long haul.

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