of Maryland and I told myself that if I wanted
to make it, he needed to be my mentor. So, I
just reached out to him...and he ignored me
(laughs). He was such a hater (laughs again).
But I wasn’t deterred; I contacted him again
and he finally responded by giving me an
assignment. “Create the looks for the cast of
this play,” he says as he hands over some show
notes. And it was history from there.
He ended up allowing me to shadow him as
he worked as costume designer for Holler If Ya’
Hear Me, the stage play adaptation of Tupac’s
life. Then I was connected with the opportunity
to intern for the 40 Acres and A Mule production
company with Spike Lee’s team.
point, you have to have that conversation with
yourself. “What am I willing to give up for my
dream?” From that point on, things will start
happening for you.
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ON HER EXPERIENCE WORKING
WITH SPIKE LEE FOR THE RE-
BOOT OF SHE’S GOTTA HAVE IT
I wasn’t intimidated at all because I went in
really understanding all of the characters of the
show since they’re so relatable. I just studied,
went in and let my imagination run wild.
ON THE SACRIFICES SHE HAD
TO MAKE TO GET WHERE SHE
I don’t have a social life (laughs). But I’m ok
with that because I knew, years ago, that I
would have to make some trade-offs in order
to attain the level of success I wanted. At some