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Rising Stars: Meet Simone Grooms

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

Simone, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
When I was young, I remember traveling with my mom and older sister back and forth between Sanford and Orlando, Florida. It wasn’t a long journey, but it was enough for me to realize at the time that the world was bigger than I could ever imagine, and I fell in love with traveling. Now, so many years later, I can say that moment has led me to travel to and relocate to Los Angeles.

I started my artistic career at the age of 9 when being cast in an Amazon movie called A measure of Faith. After learning how to be on set for the first time from my director (Dalas Davis) it sparked my passion for acting and creative direction. In addition to acting , I grew up in a dance studio called Fantashique created by Royce Reed. I started participating heavily in competitive dance competing across the state of Florida from the ages of 12 to 16. Competing mostly in the hip hop category. I began my personal artistic journey by participating in Orlando local city fashion shows such as Kids Couture Fashion and L’ Guerre Fashion. This is how I gained creative buzz around the city. In addition, I started my acting training my sophomore year of high school at Dr. Phillips High School in the theater magnet.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
The new strain of COVID 19 (Delta) has made my move to LA very difficult. I know this time hasn’t been easy for anyone, and this pandemic is really shaping our generation and challenging us to find new ways to create art and to continue the work some of started as children. The main struggle for me has been finding ways to stay creative and full, and I’ve found my healing and comfort by spending time hiking and visiting Malibu. I love the LA environment. It’s been so cool running into popular faces lol. I have difficulty adjusting to the time difference and the overcrowding when driving around the city but it’s been fun seeing the different scenery. Since LA is very far away from home and not being close to my family does impact my mental health. I’ve had to learn that even when I’m not near my biggest supporters in life or when I’m far away from my friends and family, there is so much love for me. The moments when I’m the most afraid or alone, I’ve learned to think positively and remember all of the people who love and support me, and I can’t let myself forget them. It’s always nice to know my tribe is a speed dial away.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am a film creative director with a background in storytelling on stage and print modeling. I specialize mostly being a film actor. While also producing, writing, and being a casting director for my projects and others. I was lucky enough to start my film career early and learn a lot about the film industry. Which has lead me to start a production company at such a young age. With my platform, I want others to know they aren’t alone. I want my work to continue to impact the way it has. What sets me apart from my peers is my worth ethic and how I am able to continue to stay true to myself. With this mindset, I’ve learned that’s what keeps tends to also be diverse and tend to come from a real personal experience. While finishing up my last year at the University of Central Florida studying with the school of sciences, I plan to continue my work of communications to heal and support the world around me.

If we knew you growing up, how would we have described you?
Even though Orlando has the Magic of Disney, and the world sees it as a perfect getaway, the people who live here know what’s behind the fantasy. And this city is racially and culturally divided, even if the number one industry is international tourism. Orlando is the first city to welcome people from all over the world and that’s what makes it special.

Through all of my personal struggles, trials and tribulations with being a black woman my mom taught me to appreciate my life’s journey and understand to educate myself to create the change I wanna see. Orlando is very welcoming, but like all cities we have our problems with inclusion. I come from a family full of black creatives and entrepreneurs. As a family of business owners we have experience lack of support from our White neighbors or even encountered racism within our work areas from our white peers. As as a creative and through this journey, I know my voice is now more important than ever. I began really creating my platform in 2014. Throughout my teen years I was seen participating in local cities events such as MLK parades , UCF football games and community drives. Performing for Tom Joyner events alongs side very successful creatives. As time moved on my ideas became more clear and during 2020 alongside family and friends, we organized food drives, peaceful talks, and church services to bring awareness to the #BLACKLIVESMATTER organization because the lack of support the media gave. In addition to inclusivity and change one of my dear aunts (Shamise Hampton) who owns Pure Bar and Grill dedicated a evening (Diva Night) everywhere for Black TransWomen to be celebrated and recognized for their trails and tribulations they experience everyday. I do again wanna talk about Orlando and how magical the city is and after Pulse the city was really good about giving back and being inclusive. Compared to other cities in Florida. Orlando continues to have many events and parades to celebrate the lives lost the night of Pulse.

Pricing:

  • Headshots: 50
  • Production Team Booking: $500-1000
  • Model Talent: $150 8hrs

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Image Credits:

Photographer: Christopher Hancock Photographer: Carli @Doublewide00 Styling: Ryanne De Milord Article Supervisor: Kevin Rivera Production Company: WAVYBABY9Pro

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