Today we’d like to introduce you to Ekemma Mba.
Ekemma, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I was originally born in St. Louis Missouri. I lived in Kentucky for a couple of years and then in 2010, I moved to Texas. When I made it to high school, I got really involved in my high school’s theatre production organization called Blue Curtain. I had been stage acting all my life and Blue Curtain was the place that not only did I get to better myself as an actor but as a young woman as well. After graduating, I stuck with stage acting in college at first but wasn’t able to continue. I then got an opportunity to start a podcast called Speak Up, which was a conversational piece with a variety of topics from net neutrality to hypermasculinity the black community. After taking a break when season one finished up, I got the opportunity to start modeling. From there, I’ve been so blessed to have done things and meet the people that I have met thus far in my nine month career.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I think regardless of what element I’m in: acting, modeling, poetry, script writing. I always want to tell a story. Particularly, the story of the underdog or unsung heroes. I like to be the voice of the silent majority that get overlooked or aren’t taken seriously for whatever reason, With the platforms that I’ve had the pleasure of either being added on to or creating myself, I want to walk away every time with the notion that I used my voice or presence for a purpose.
In your view, what is the biggest issue artists have to deal with?
I think staying true is the real challenge, especially with today’s technology. You can buy streams, buy likes, buy followers. You can basically buy your presence on the internet. So as someone who is trying to make it in the entertainment or creative industry, seeing people with all this attention pushes people to try to derail from the path they were originally going for. Finding your lane and perfecting your craft before trying to do a million things at once and getting lost in the confusion is the best advice I’ve been given.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
My Instagram is @ekemma_mba and my facebook is Ekemma Mba.
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