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Keep’n it Real

When did you first get involved in acting?


I started acting on a consistent serious level approximately 5 years ago. Prior to that I was doing background work. My 1st background opportunity was in Waiting To Exhale and Thin Line Between Love and Hate.

What or Who inspired you to pursue a career as an actress?

My cousin John Wayne S III inspired me to get into acting. I saw him writing and directing movies, videos and producing various other projects and I wanted to be a part of it. But if you know my cousin, he isn’t going to just give me anything. I had to earn it. He gave me busy work to get me started.

What have been your biggest achievements?

My biggest achievement was taking a leap of faith at my age and starting a second career and excelling in my craft. I feel like acting is like a second chance at life. I feel reborn and happiest on set. I recently bumped from a featured background police officer to a principal role on Tyler Perry’s Sista’s. I signed contracts as Officer Pearl Scriggs. The screams and tears I shed after this blessing of achievement can’t be described in words.

I’m sure you have met a lot of celebrities along the way. Would you share 1 or 2 of your favorite stories with us?

One of my favorite celebrities and friend is Palmer Williams Jr. I met him while working as a flight attendant. He was funny in person as his character Floyd was on television. He was different from any celebrity I ever met. He was approachable and encouraging and very transparent about the industry. I thought it was just how he was with me but as the time went by I noticed he was that way with others as well. We finally ended up working together during the pandemic in a Stage play of his For The Love Of where I played Pumpkin.

What has been your ideal character, so far? And why?

My ideal character was playing the lead in Ebony Hustle. My character Ebony is strong, fearless retired exotic dancer that became an insurance fraud investigator. Because of her no nonsense badass persona and an incident 20 years ago as a stripper. She ends up being a protector and defender of women against men. As one character tells her “ We come to you because you take care of hood sh#t”.

How has your acting evolved since you first became involved in the film industry?

My acting has evolved majorly. With every project I learn something new. I am a military veteran and with that brings a certain type of toughness. It was difficult for me to show emotion. I knew I needed that to make me a more refined actor I was trained to never show weakness. I attended acting class at the Actor’s Gym with Thom Scott where I learned emotional preparation.

If you were forced to choose only one, which emotion, more than any other, drives you to stay in this tough business? Is it joy, anger, desire, passion or pride and why?

The one emotion I would choose if forced to stay in this business would be Passion. Because if I was paid for acting or not I would still do it. I am happiest when I am on set creating and perfecting my craft.

Which ingredient do you think makes you special and unique as a performing artist in an industry overflowing with new faces and ideas? Please explain?

The ingredient that makes me different in the industry of new faces is my point of view, my outlook of the industry itself. Although I am an extremely competitive person; I inform others of auditions, I push others to be better. I never feel threaten because I genuinely believe that what’s for me will be for me regardless if I share auditions. If I don’t get role that I told someone about, It was because it wasn’t for me it was for them. My job was to tell them about the role.

What has been your biggest challenge as an actress? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?

My biggest challenge to overcome was the naysayers. I am mother, veteran with two failed marriages and have know there are people who don’t believe in me. People telling me that I have waited too long to begin a new career. sometimes those voices sound really loud and convincing when you don’t get several roles in a row. It is challenging and standing up to those voices are tough somedays.

I also completed Keith Plummer's Self Quarantined with 2 other leading ladies during the hospitalization and untimely death of my father in March of this year. Was one of the most challenging times of my life.

A common phrase in the industry is, “you must suffer for your art”. Do you agree with this statement? If so, how have you suffered for your art?

I agree with this statement and I have suffered for my art because I have missed out on a lot family functions trying to be the character i need to be on set. I channel the pain, loneliness and disappointment in my art.

If you could change anything about the film industry, what would it be?

If I could change anything about the industry it would be to be opened minded, look outside the box. We are making strides but it could be more. Women directors, African American people playing the hero, doctor, lawyers etc. and not always the bad guys.

If you could give 3 tips of advice to an up-and-coming actor, what would they be?

Three tips of advice to new actors if you want to be taken serious you take classes, research and stay focus. My acting coach says “ Everybody wants to be famous but nobody wants to do the work” Don’t be that person.

What projects are you currently working on... that you can talk about?

I am currently working on Thea Casey’s The Christians where I play one of the Leading roles as First lady Vision she’s very protective of her family but becomes the victim of a very powerful person. I am also working on John Wayne S. III False Profits where my character Brenda is also one of the leads as a reporter reporting the scandal of a church family. I am playing a mother of a troubled young man in Keisha Needa”s ATLiens.

What’s next for you?

I have several things brewing hosting a talk show, producing projects and other acting projects but no signed contracts. However, I am honored and grateful that my name is being considered.

How can fans-to-be follow your career?

Fans can follow my career on Ig and Facebook I know there are other ways I am just not there yet. Lol @michelle.lamb