|Angela Alise Johnson|
Angela: Thank you so much Janelle! This role really meant a lot to me and I’m so glad you all liked it!
Janelle: How old are you?
Angela: I am actually turning 27years old on Thanksgiving Day.
Janelle: “Mind of a Brown Skin Beauty” has followers from everywhere, where in the U.S. are you?
Angela: I’m originally from Kansas City, Missouri but I have lived in Chicago now for almost 8 years.
Janelle: How long have you been acting?
Angela: I have been acting since I was maybe 5 or 6 years old.
Janelle: When did you first know you wanted to be an actress?
Angela: I have pretty much always known that I wanted to act, but I would say high school is when my love for theatre got serious. And the older I get, I just keep feeling like if I did anything else it just wouldn’t be
Janelle: Do you sing and dance?
Angela: I sing and love doing it! And I like dancing too but am not very good at all at picking up choreographed dances, so I’m working on it by taking classes.
Janelle: Do you have a Social Networking site that you would like to share?
Angela: I am on Facebook so folks can find me that way, but I am working on a website right now and would love for people to visit it when it is finished. The web address is www.angelaalise.com and it should be all ready to go by the end of the month.
Janelle: Tell us a little about yourself and what makes acting special to you?
Angela: Well let’s see... I come off very shy and quiet to most people when they first meet me. Then once they get to know me they find out I am loud and very opinionated. Lol! I am very family oriented and rely on them a lot to keep me grounded. Theatre is so special to me because it allows me to see the world through another person’s eyes and experience all types of new and interesting things.
Janelle: Who inspires you?
Angela: My parents and brothers inspire me. My parents are very hard working and have instilled in me really great values. I have 3 brothers. Each of them is very unique and talented and they inspire me to keep striving to reach my goals.
Janelle: Do you have a favourite actress/actor?
Angela: It is hard to choose just one because there are so many people I like, but I would say a few of my favs are Meryl Streep, Viola Davis, and Don Cheadle.
Janelle: I saw you in the production of the Wiz, what was it like to be Dorothy?
Angela: It was a very vocally and physically demanding role but I loved every minute of it. I learned so much about myself and the character emotionally. At the end of it all I was extremely exhausted and blessed at the same time! :-)
Janelle: As a young black actress, what are some challenges you’ve faced?
Angela: Being typed cast is the biggest challenge. I hate it when people say I can’t do something because I’m too short or too young or not black enough. You know? It is frustrating but there are a lot of directors out there who love to think outside the box, so I have been getting a lot thicker skinned about these things. And I know that there is another audition just waiting for me.
Janelle: What has been your most favourite role?
Angela: My fav role that I played was Beneatha in A Raisin in the Sun.
Janelle: What advice would you offer to an aspiring actress?
Angela: Just keep working on your craft. That is what all my mentors and teachers have told me. If you want to do something then you learn how and never let anyone stop you from achieving your goals. When one door closes another one opens and that is truly what happens in this business.
Janelle: Is there anything online where we can watch your performances?
Angela: I will have video and sound clips available for people to view online at www.angelaalise.com shortly.
Janelle: Here on Mind of a Brown Skin Beauty we like to encourage and uplift, can you tell one time when you wanted to give up, but didn’t?
Angela: I’d say about a year and half ago when I wasn’t doing much theatre, and I felt stuck like I was never going to get back out there again. I wanted to give up but I spent a lot of time praying and crying and talking to my friends and family. And they encouraged me. God and my family are the ones who have believed in me even when I didn’t believe in myself so I really can’t thank them enough for that. And the best thing I have ever done is set a Gospel Station on my Pandora Radio. Gospel music keeps me sane!
Janelle: Where are some of your upcoming performances, so we can check you out?
Angela: I will be performing in a play called Church with the Red Tape Theatre Company. It will run late January to early March. Your readers can visit www.redtapetheatre.org for details and tickets info.
Janelle: What are your future plans?
Angela: My future goals are to find an agent so that I can have help with breaking into tv/film. I also hope to start my own theatre company some day or at least play a major role in a non profit theatre company in Chicago or New York. I am trying to learn as much as I can about the business and artistic side of things.
Janelle: Angela, it has been a pleasure to have such a talented and gifted young woman graces the pages of Mind of a Brown Skin Beauty. You definitely are a “brown skin beauty” with an inspirational mind. Keep up the good work and we looking forward to seeing you on the big screen in the future.
Angela: Thank you Janelle!