Click Here: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Making Movies

Seed & Spark: Goodbye Camera Time

A bored audience

It was 2006, Los Angeles, and I was attending yet another audition technique seminar. I stood on the stage, hoping to fascinate and stun the visiting talent manager with my craft. I was hopeful when I saw that it was a young, black woman. Surely, this meant she was supportive of women and actors of color. I gave it all I had. Or, as good as one can give with dialogue for a one-dimensional, “cute, racially unspecific,” best friend role with no arc. The feedback changed my life.

“You are great, but you don’t look enough like Halle Berry.”