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Takemetotheheights.com Presents Arts and Media, Our interview with Shaquila G. from the film, Goldie.

Opportunities are often presented to us when we least expect it. Having met Shaquila truly reminded me of whatever you aspire to be, keep at it. You never know who may be watching. Shaquila’s interview is a true testament to that. Keep reading on for more!

Takemetotheheights: “Who is Shaquila?”

Shaquila G.: “I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. I am half Guyanese and American. I am always trying something new. I have a bit of wild card spirit. I rarely enjoy a life that’s too traditional or routined. I have many interests but my main one is acting.

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If I do happen to become a fashion designer in the process I would be very open to it because I love fashion. I love giving advice to others. Being around loved ones makes me happy. But, I do appreciate having my own space to just drown in my thoughts and tap into my creative realm. These are only just a few things about me : )”

TMTTHS: “Can you tell readers how did you get into acting?”

S.G.: “For me, my love for the entertainment industry started at a very young age. I remember being 5 years old, I would go into my closet pull out one of my fancy dresses my mom bought me and I would sing in my living room in front of my mom. She would just cheer me on, her, and my dad. Every time I go out in public I would just start singing. I was also very imaginative. I would daydream a lot about being onstage.”

“When I first started elementary school, they would hold school festivals and each class had to act out scenes. I would always take part. I remember just always being so excited about reading scripts and getting into character. There was a time my dad had just gotten me the Diana Ross and The Supremes Album with all of their greatest hits. (I have an old soul by the way) I became so obsessed with them and their history at the time and I was only in (the) 7th grade.”

“It just so happened, that same year my school would do a play about them. There were 3 girls that were already considered for the part to play Diana, Florence, and Mary. I remember one day going right up to the teacher in front of everyone and I told her “I really feel (like) I should play Diana Ross”. She says “oh we already have someone in mind” then I said, “I don’t think you understand, I have been researching this group for a while and I know all the songs”. Then she (replies) “well sing a song for me” and I started singing “Stop in the Name of Love”. I could see (my teacher) and hear the people around me saying “yeah she got this!” My teacher then goes: “Great! you’re going to play Diana Ross.” I was just so ecstatic.  All I knew was that I had to play this role. At that time I wasn’t aware of acting being my destined passion in life. I just knew I really enjoyed it. It took me a long time to recognize my gift was acting.”

TMTTHS: “Who inspired you to become an actress?”

S.G: “I would say my Dad is one of my biggest inspirations to become an actress and my Dad is not even close to being an actor himself. But, he is the person who introduced me to movies at a very young age and I fell in love with seeing actors on the screen and wanting to be part of that world. I was also very curious about (acting) and I always imagined myself on a big screen.  So, thanks, Dad!”

TMTTHS: “What’s the most rewarding aspect of acting?

S.G: “I feel (like) the most rewarding aspect of acting would be getting the role you wanted so badly and then seeing the finishing results. For me acting is not about just making money and becoming famous. You have to really have a passion for it because this industry is not for the faint of heart. Being able to be part of a project as an actor is always a blessing.”

TMTTHS: “What’s been the most challenging?”

S.G: “My biggest challenge would be just everyday hustle. While becoming an (actress), there are so many things (to take into account in this world) and people who give you (different pieces) of advice and you really have to find your own path. I feel like a lot of people who aren’t (part) of the acting world don’t understand the amount of sacrifice you give to follow your dreams as an actress/actor. It’s really challenging to find stability in this particular industry, so you either really have to go hard or go home.”

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TMTTHS: “How have you maintained your footing in the acting realm since the start of the pandemic?”

S.G: “To be very honest it has been tough for me since the pandemic started as an actress. For the past few months I was going through anxiety and a bit of depression because the world changed so much and I didn’t know what to do. Actually, a lot of actors, directors, and agents didn’t know what to do for a while, because we didn’t know what direction the acting industry was heading to and we are still figuring it out because the pandemic is still going on. But, slowly I have been finding my creative energy despite the pandemic and I have been working on my self-taping to send in any auditions I find. It’s still a very tough journey for me. But, I have high hopes that the pandemic will be over and actors can get back to their craft.” 

TMTTHS: “Can you tell the readers how did you get your role in Goldie?”

S.G: “I always start with it being very “random”. I say this because I was literally walking around Harlem with my Dad and a woman comes up to me as I was looking at sunglasses and she goes “I just wanted to let you know I really love your look and there is a director who is casting a film in NY and I feel you will be perfect for this part”. I immediately laughed and I just assumed she wasn’t telling the truth and that it was a scam. I have been into many situations throughout my life trying to break into the industry and was made promises and paying money just for it to turn out to be a scam.

And she goes no it’s really legit she says “here let me take your picture and email and I go “fine” so I give it to her. A week or two later, I get an email from the casting director, and when I opened it and it reads “we want to invite you to come down to Vice studios and audition for the role of Princess”. So, at this point, I’m in shock because the one and only Vice Studios actually want me to audition. (On) the day of the audition, I arrive at Vice and there are so many girls waiting to audition for Princess. I was a bit nervous and I think there is no way I’m going to get this part. When I left the audition room, I felt good but just not certain of the outcome. I decided to just tell myself “if they call me back then great if they don’t I’m still great and I’m not a horrible person”. A week later they call me back but this time I have to audition with fewer girls. So, I get there and I gave it my best shot.  A week (after) I get a call and they tell me “I got the part”. It was the best feeling in the world, I would never forget that day.”

TMTTHS: “What has the film taught you?”

S.G: “I feel (after) watching (and being part of) this film has taught me to keep fighting for my dreams no matter what obstacles may come my way.”

TMTTHS: “Who are the top 3 actors/actresses you see yourself working with?”

S.G: “Kerry Washington, Michael B. Jordan, and Viola Davis.”

TMTTHS: “What’s one piece of advice you would like to share with any aspiring actor or actresses reading this?”

S.G: “One piece of advice I would give to any aspiring actor/actress is to remember why you’re doing this, be consistent, and never give up because you could be one step closer to your vision.”

We here at Takemetotheheights.com would like to thank Shaquila for granting us the opportunity in interviewing her. Thank you for sharing your inner most thoughts with the readers. You are truly inspiring!

Be sure to watch Shaquila in the latest film, Goldie, on Netflix!

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You can also find more of Shaquila on her respective Instagram and follow up on her acting journey here @quilatheactress.

 

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