At New York Art Life, we are incredibly happy to be in touch with so many amazing artists that are a source of inspiration. Through countless examinations, there is only a handful we can introduce each month. However, we are happy to speak with these excellent artists and share their work with our audience as we are all passionate about their process and getting to know about their success. Today, we will be speaking with Tiana Walsh, an actress that is making big moves in her industry.
NY Art Life: Thank you so much for joining us, we are delighted to speak with you. Before anything else, please tell us about your success in such a fast-paced city.
Tiana Walsh: Thank you! It is always exciting to be part of New York City, especially as I’ve been able to work with so many great directors and production crew. It is part of every actor’s dream.
NY Art Life: You have worked with many incredible directors such as Ewurakua Dawson-Amoah. How do you feel about being in a film that was nominated for an Academy Award?
Tiana Walsh: It feels incredible. Working with her was one of the highlights of my career. I was very honored to be part of a movie that focuses on black women and their experiences, and how the world hinders their strengths because of systemic racism and other factors that don’t allow us to flourish. But this film was special in many ways because it challenges that and shows how black women are powerful. It felt amazing having so many people feel that truth and resonate with the message.
NY Art Life: What a great experience. I believe that Ewurakua Dawson-Amoah also chose you for the role of Nimdee, specifically. That must have made the role and experience even more special.
Tiana Walsh: It truly did. I was honored by her decision-making. I’ve also worked with her in the past on a film called Gold Token. My character’s name was Brunia and I also had an irreplaceable experience on that project as well. We truly make a great team with the entire cast and crew.
NY Art Life: I’ve also seen that you’ve been part of many successful modeling campaigns, how does that differ from acting?
Tiana Walsh: Yes, I’ve enjoyed being part of many campaigns. They’ve always been interesting to me as there’s a special set, and I somehow get into a character for a short duration of time. I like the similarity of it as I become someone else for the campaign which is like acting. But with modeling, I really get to enjoy the work of designers and makeup artists too as they focus on products and visual scenes that create a beautiful photoshoot.
NY Art Life: Which campaigns have been the most memorable for you?
Tiana Walsh: I believe they were all great experiences collectively. I loved being part of a community that worked with my beauty and appreciated my skill as well. I was also really amazed by the work of makeup artists when I did a campaign for Pent Makeup. One of my favorite parts of being an actor is being able to work with so many artists on and off set/stage.
NY Art Life: That’s amazing. How do you prepare for your roles?
Tiana Walsh: There are so many different approaches when it comes to preparing for a role. When I begin reading the script, that is where my work begins. I do a lot of analysis on the character, their motivations, and how they relate to everything else in the set and within the script. It’s a lot of decision-making within each moment, and those moments altogether give a bigger picture of the character.
NY Art Life: That’s a very insightful way, thank you for sharing! Do you have one role that was a highlight of your career?
Tiana Walsh: It’s very hard to just pick one, as all the roles I’ve performed have been exquisite.
NY Art Life: What about being in Ewurakua Dawson-Amoah’s movies? I can imagine it must have been very memorable and definitely exciting to be part of great production and to work with someone on two films of great meaning. You are an incredible force in Gold Token as well as To the Girl That Looks Like Me. The latter is a movie so many people resonated with due to its message. How does it feel?
Tiana Walsh: It’s very gratifying. I’m always happy to be part of great productions and skillful individuals, especially if I have worked with them in the past. Every one of these people is usually a source of inspiration for me. I also love getting a sneak peak of what goes on backstage and how the world of each film is made before it is filmed and ready to be shown to the world.
NY Art Life: How exciting. What other projects are you looking forward to?
Tiana Walsh: I’m very excited about the two new roles I will be performing. One is in a short film called Bagged 2, which is a terrific movie I cannot wait to share with the world. And the other is a series called Going Through Changes. Both have very different atmospheres, but it is wonderful being part of these projects. A cool thing about Going Through Changes is that it is a visual effects series.
NY Art Life: How incredible! You are such a source of inspiration. It has been excellent reading about you in articles and seeing your work shine. Do you have any advice for actors hoping to share their passion with the world?
Tiana Walsh: Take time to know your strengths. It is tricky in the beginning, but once you know what you can do, you will be able to perform a role very well. Try new things; new experiences will give you what it takes to have an impressive range and that is critical for every actor. And most importantly, keep going! There is so much for you waiting if you keep going with what you have started.
NY Art Life: That is great advice. Shall we end on this note?
Tiana Walsh: Yes!