Today we’d like to introduce you to Zelda Diana Black.
Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
My acting journey started when I was let go from the Disney College Program because of COVID. I was loving my life in Orlando, it was so different from my small town in New York. I was back home and unemployed. Heartbroken my program was cut so short and stuck inside, I didn’t know what to do to keep sane. I thought this was the end of the road for me. I started doing cosplay videos as some creative therapy and then I started to try to do some characters’ voices. The one that started my career was doing Azula impressions from Avatar the Last Airbender. I went on to do skits and other characters, my platform kept growing. That’s when I decided I really wanted to be a voice actor. I declined my acceptance to a college in Westchester NY and picked up a cheap microphone and began my journey. From there on I grew up to half a million followers on Tik Tok, befriending many known voice actors, and finally moving to Los Angeles to seriously pursue my career.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
There were a lot of struggles. Growing up as a person of color pretty much guaranteed no smooth road. All my life I was bullied for my skin colour, and now I’m being told I’m lucky because I’m diverse and that’s all casting wants. It’s been hard to come to terms with who I am, especially since there’s such a backward response now. Coming from such a small conservative town, there were a lot of struggles I went through that kid growing up in Los Angeles didn’t have to. I’m seeing so much diversity in California and I’ve only been here about a month. I learned to shove away my culture while people here embrace theirs. There were a lot of struggles when it came to self-acceptance.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I’m a lot of things! I’m an actress, author, influencer, and mental health advocate. What I’m most proud of would be my journey moving to Los Angeles. It’s always been a dream of mine to finally be here. I visited for vacation in February and I just had my heart set on returning. Nothing was the same when I came back to New York. I knew California was home and I’m so happy I was able to come back so soon. Although I do have a pretty basic story of “small town country girl moves to LA to become a big star” I’m far from average. But a lot of people here are far from average, we’re all unique in our own way. A lot of people in LA are so creative and they embrace their differences. I do a LOT of voice impressions, that’s probably what sets me apart from most!
We all have a different way of looking at and defining success. How do you define success?
This is such an important question. A lot of people have a certain way of seeing their success. As long as I know I tried my best and did everything I could, no matter what the outcome, I know I succeeded. As you get older you learn to be less harsh on yourself.