Tell us a little bit about yourself. 
 
I’m an actor, singer, wife & mother living in Toronto. I’m passionate about self-care, good food, good humour, and performing, of course! 
 
You decided to pursue an acting career at age 14. What was it about seeing Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat that made you catch the acting bug?  
 
It was so well-performed and being the first professional stage production I had seen at the time, I was blissfully stimulated by the magnification of it all.  The incredible voices, imagery, and creative storytelling made a profound impact on me… I knew that all the feels I was feeling in that moment, I wanted more of that. Didn’t hurt that Donny Osmond was starring in it at the time and I think I had a little crush, lol.  And so began my pursuit of the arts! 
 
How have you evolved as an actress since your first role on UPN’s “Kevin Hill”? 
 
As I get older and more experienced, I’m learning to unapologetically take up space with my characters.  No matter how big or small the role is, the creator of the project wrote that character in there for a reason. It’s my job as an actor and storyteller to try and find those reasons and bring the fullness of that to life. I can feel myself getting more confident with taking risks and making bold choices as an actor as I move along.  It’s a never-ending journey of discovery and growth! 
 
What can you tell us about your role in, “A Sisterly Christmas” airing December 7th on OWN?  
 
My character Vicky Marshall is at odds with her sister Kristina Marshall (played by the amazing Deborah Joy Winans) since the passing of their mother when they were younger.  Vicky dives into life (and the holidays!) headfirst, covering up any painful memories with copious amounts of Christmas activities, gatherings, and gifts. Kristina… not so much, lol.  But they’re forced to come together when their Aunt Debbie shuffles them off to a holiday resort together to mend their relationship. From there, the family drama, a former high-school nemesis, and some romance surfaces, and A Sisterly Christmas goes for a ride! 
 
 
How important was it for you to be in a movie that focuses more on a family relationship than just another rom-com? 
 
I absolutely love that about A Sisterly Christmas!  There is indeed a sweet romance and flirty fun (how could there not be?), but because this film also centers around two sisters moving from grief to love, I think it’s quite down-to-earth and relatable too.  I think a lot of folks will see their own families in this one, with all the drama and JOKES that ensue as the two sisters bump heads and come together again. 
 
You’re one of the founding members of Canadian Black Entertainment. How did that opportunity come about and how has it helped members in the entertainment industry? 
 
One of my good friends and fellow Toronto performers Quisha Wint started Canadian Black Entertainment (CBE) out of her desire to celebrate, create and promote Canadian Black Artistry.  When she invited me to join, it was a no-brainer. The group hosts and broadcasts live weekly interviews with Black Canadian entertainers from coast-to-coast, in effort to raise the artist’s profile, reach, and fanbase. The pandemic slowed down many of our other initiative plans, but we’re slowly building them back up again.   One of those plans is to launch an Awards show highlighting the achievements of Black Canadian artists from a variety of disciplines in the near future as well.  We want to recognize accomplished artists who’ve largely been left out of similar career achievements due to systemic discrimination and lack of diverse representation from other organizations and gatekeepers. 
 
What’s next for your career? 
 
I’m ready for it all, baby! These past couple of years have shown us so clearly how precious and short life is, and so I’m truly excited and grateful for all the opportunities to come. To get specific though, a growing part of me wants to try my hand at kicking butt in an action film.  I think I have it in me! Somewhere lol. 
 
What advice would you have for aspiring actors/actresses? 
 
It’s not a cliche… you really gotta believe in yourself! Deeply. Grow roots in your confidence. Because it will be shaken all the time by others who don’t know who you are or what you’re capable of. They’ll try to dismiss you or talk you into thinking smaller or shrinking your dreams. You have to be confident enough in your own abilities and goals to politely move all obstacles out of your way and keep heading towards your purpose. 
 
What’s your life like outside of acting? 
 
My family is a huge part of my life! My husband and 6-year-old superstar daughter keep me busy, loved, and entertained. As does the rest of our huge family, lol.  Also, like my character Vicky, I love creating sweet-smelling, self-care goodness by hand!  Our kind prop master for the film even gifted me some of the herbs and flowers that were set as Vicky’s product ingredients after we wrapped so I could use them for my own creations!  I serve up my handmade bath salts and spelled body oils in my Aries Garden shop (AriesGarden.com). 
 
Let the readers know where to find you online. 
 
@yeslisamichelle on insta

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