It's the start of summer and a the start of a new week. The only thing that could make it better is another City Headshots Spotlight!
This week: Phoebe Allegra!
CH: When did you first become interested in acting? Why?
Phoebe: I first became interested in acting when I was about three years old. My mom would always have Turner Classic Movies on television before school and on the weekends. I grew up watching Shirly Temple, Dorothy Dandridge, Doris Day, Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, and June Allyson every single weekend. I would watch movie musicals and mimic whatever scenes that I found fascinating! There is something about golden age hollywood movies that just touched my heart and made me want to be an artist. I fell in love with the variety of unlimited talents and wanted to start creating my talent. I guess you can say I was a little girl with an old soul. I developed a secret obsession studying their acting styles and found a way to create my artistry as an actress. I still watch my influences weekly because the classic cinema stars never get old.
CH: What's one of the most important lessons acting has taught you?
Phoebe: Acting has taught me alot about honesty and living my truth. Each character I play touches me on some level, and requires a high level on honesty to truly bring her to life. As well, being an actor has given me the freedom to play, to take chances, and truly live my life to the fullest.
CH: What is your dream role to play? Why?
Phoebe: My dream role to play is Nefertiti. We hear about her from time to time relating to Egyptian Royalty but we never see her true depiction of her life and story as True African Royalty in the cinema yet. I find her to be incredibly brilliant, passionate, and strong. I love playing strong women because the strength of a woman is complex. There is strength in power, strength in intelligence, strength in vulnerability, and strength in passion that she possessed. Her influence revolutionized the world in spirituality, faith, and religion. To play her would be such an honor.
CH: Is there anything else you'd like to add or want people to know? (If not, you don't have to worry about this question
Phoebe: Yes! Recently my first feature film premiered in NYC and is touring across the country. It is called The Videoblogs, written and directed by Michael Dibiasio. It is a film about the mental health journey of 3 women and their journeys of how they set out to find a better understanding of mental health and mental illness, creating a better dialogue for themselves and those who love them. It is touring and screening nationally. To learn more and see if it is in a city near you check out Videoblogsfilm.com.
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