...old friend! It's been a minute since I updated you all. I would feel guilty about missing last month's post, but considering the events spurred by the George Floyd protests, I'm claiming space and time for my own sanity. I've written about this before, but I'm a master at suppression. I suppress feelings to make it through life. As a Black person living in the U.S., I've learned the value of suppression heck to even make it through the day. All that to say, George Floyd's death was one of the few times I really allowed myself to feel. And it cost me. For the first time in a really long time, I experienced the physical manifestations of grief. My chest hurt. I would wake up in the middle of the night with actual chest pain. It didn't help that I was going through finals week, but that's another story. Even more tangibly though, were my blood pressure (bp) readings. My diastolic was at 100 on multiple occasions. A diastolic bp is the force of blood against your vessels when your heart is at rest. I.e in between heart beats. For my non medical folk, a normal diastolic is 80. A diastolic of 100 when your heart is at rest isn't good. All that to say, I had to disconnect to be ok. I'm still trying to find a happy medium of staying informed but not being enveloped by injustice. It's a work in progress.
Now, as absolute crap as the world has been, I'd be lying if I didn't acknowledge its creation of silver linings.. For those who don't know, I shot an episode of NCIS a few years back- my mom still tells people I was on N-CSI (?? 🤦🏾♀️). The Casting Director for NCIS is Jason Kennedy. Jason I know has always championed BIPOC actors, and given the events of this summer he started an instagram campaign to #promoteblackactors. He featured me on his page and as a result of that I've gotten a new agent and a new manager. I'd taken a break from the industry, and at the top of the year had asked my old team to take me completely off roster. I made this decision because as some of you know, I'm back in school and it got absolutely crazy trying to juggle the two. So why the heck did I decide to dive back in with a new team? Alas, Covid.
For one, I'm graduating in December (!). A fair chunk of my program is now online, so I have a hair more flexibility with school. For two, 99% of auditions are now self tapes, meaning I don't have to drive anywhere or miss any classes to audition. Well Omono, what if you book? What then? My philosophy: we'll cross that bridge when we get there.
The bridge doesn't look so daunting though, because I absolutely love my team. Again, given the events of the summer and the civil rights movement that has since been reborn, I've been emboldened to be completely myself. The meetings I had with managers and agents were some of the most honest conversations I've ever had. I presented the most transparent version of Omono and it was extremely reinforcing to stand in my bare truth and to be accepted for it. I'm speaking in parables now, but long story short I'm signed with DBA Talent Management and Beth Stein & Associates. If you know me, you know I hate hyping things up especially if I don't believe it. So when I say I absolutely adore my team, know that it's real. It makes me move with different energy (not that I'm moving anywhere, we're still mostly in quarantine 😭). But in all seriousness, I am so excited for what my future looks like. It's been a minute since I've been here so I'm enjoying this feeling.
If you're not already, follow me on instagram. One, because self promotion durh! And two, because I really do update the gram more. Especially my stories. Keep up with me there if you haven't been already! Oh and I updated my acting website because I was feeling like a hot cake, so go check that out as well.
Almost (if not exclusively) everyone who reads this is family or a friend. I want you all to know that I appreciate you and I see you riding with me. Your support is not lost on me and I can't wait to make you all proud 🧡