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“I’m Every Woman…Its All In Me” -Chaka Khan

20 Jun

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RISING STAR ACTRESS RAINA HOUSTON

6 Dec

Raina Houston, You Ask!

Raina is an American actress born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana and has come to Claim Purpose and Blaze the world of Entertainment! For more than 10 years she has been a student of the Arts. Being rooted in Theater, Raina has since discovered her passion for TV & Film.

Raina attributes much of her Strength, Inspirations and Upbringing to her Mother. Her mother’s kindness, integrity and work ethic is/were endless and helped to shape Raina’s perception of Life.
Raina grew up in east New Orleans. In earlier years, she and her older brother would create memories with other children at Joe W. Brown Park. Also, Raina would often visit the Historically esteemed French Quarters during school field trips; but it wasn’t until she was older that she truly learned the significance of what she had been exposed to.

Like her Mother, a lover of life and all things in it; Raina strives to mimic her- by exuding Love, Respect, and Compassion, daily. Although Raina’s purpose is Acting, she accepts responsibility to humankind and is deliberate in her role to reflect and breathe life into her story or project.

It didn’t take Raina long to learn that what she had fantasized of being for so long would also require exceptional dedication and levels of honing her craft. Raina begin training at the age of 12 at Anthony Bean Community Theater in New Orleans. Throughout her entire high school term she was a member of the Drama Dept. of McDonogh #35 as well as a student at New Orleans Center of Creative Arts (NOCCA). Raina then studied and graduated (with Honors) from The Conservatory of Theater Arts of Webster University with a degree in Acting.

It comes as no surprise that whatever Raina touches will manifest into something great!

After graduation Raina relocated to Atlanta, Georgia with the same Blueprint in mind; she allowed her love for people to help navigate her into the acting circuit of Atlanta. Connecting with like-minded Artist; Raina had the pleasure of competing in the REP YOUR ACT 2017 Acting Competition. Naturally she Wowed the Audience, other contenders and judges- thus making her the Winner of the competition. Not quite a year after being a resident she is rumored to be a young Viola Davis!

Raina has served Background and Supporting Roles in films; Contraband, The Important Parts of Me, Ms. Devaux (2018). She has had the opportunity to work as an associate producer in Dirty Deeds (Keturah Miller in The Blue Series- Discovery}. Raina has also portrayed Idil in Stage Play, Where It All Goes Down (Natalie E. Davis).

While Raina continues to evolve as an Actress, she understands symmetry. In Life, there will be highs and lows. She has tattooed words to live and love by; “Ease is a greater threat to progress than hardship.”-Denzel Washington and “The kind of beauty I want most is the hard-to-get kind that comes from within – strength, courage, dignity.”-Ruby Dee

Raina’s goals are to tell as many stories and touch as many hearts as possible through her work; whether it be through TV/Film or Stage. She dreams to one day share scenes with Viola Davis, Cicely Tyson and Forrest Whitaker but more than that Raina aspires to be the best version of herself; holding true to always being intentional and unapologetically transparent.

Fasten Your Seat Belts!
You wouldn’t want to miss Raina’s Amazing
Journey as she is set to be Party to Tracie Collins’ V Monologues in 2018 as well as the Revamping of the Stage Play, Where It All Goes Down.

Raina Houston
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http://www.rainahouston.com (2018)
For Bookings: BYSB Talent Agency

RAINA Speaks!

““Since I’ve studied theater mainly, I felt a bit like a fish out of water moving to Atlanta to pursue a career in film and television. It hasn’t been a walk in a park and I’m still learning each day what serves me best as an actress. I simply had to become comfortable with failing and telling myself, “Hey, it’s ok! You live and you learn.” What’s for you is for you and no one can take that from you!”23231554_556052838060858_4741629602965542208_n

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RESILIENCE with Bria Armani!

27 Nov

Actress & Dancer, Bria Armani, was Created to Be Victorious! 

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Long before birth, a seed was planted that the world would soon come to witness its emergence! Bria Armani Johnson, native of New Orleans, Louisiana, is a budding American Actress and Dancer with emphasis in delivering Truth and Humility in her stage presence.

Bria Armani was a natural entertainer. At 3 years old, before learning to ride her first bicycle with training wheels; Bria was already performing for family and friends. Not completely certain (in the beginning) of what direction or facet of entertainment Bria would pursue, Bria’s Mother would encourage her to seek and do nothing but her absolute best!

The correlation between Bria’s Spiritual foundation and the amount of success she has experienced at such a young age is noteworthy but not hard to believe. Bria attributes much of who she has become to her Mother. In more ways than being an Actor and Dancer, her Mother taught her how to live and consider others. Bria would reflect on her Mother’s words, “Lead by Example”. To Bria, that meant follow Her (and others who has her best interest in heart) lead; so one day- when it is Your turn, you would be the Leader you were Truly born to be!

Bria Armani Represents Herself as an Ambassador of Change Through Her Captivating Performances! 

Bria is Esteemed by the Power of her support system! While she is ever learning from her Mother of how to manage school and live Amicably, she receives constant cheer-leading from her Father and biggest fan, her younger brother. Overall, Bria’s parents have been instrumental throughout her entire life, teaching her and her brother to dig deep and pull out the best within!

Bria has searched and discovered her purpose to continue to walk in her calling for the plans that God has for her life; doing so by remaining humble, respectful and showing love to all.

Being resilient to her calling, Bria is also inspired by Taraji P Henson & Janet Jackson. She regards them as Outstanding and having the ability to demonstrate Positivity. As Bria evolves into her own Artistic Range, she hopes to one day share scenes and take direct notes from the Leading Ladies who Brings their “A” Game!

Bria is No Stranger to Hard Work! Although she is instinctively Ready, the level of work she would put in to give that Striking Encore, never escaped her! Bria is a Student of Hott Theater for Children with Lauren Hunt (where she is prepped and trained for Interviews/Audition Techniques, Commercials, Films, Confidence and so much More)! She has attended classes at Mademoiselle Dwyn School of Dance in New Orleans, LA (Training in areas of Ballet, Tap, and Jazz). She has also trained at ATLA Connect in Hip Hop and Majorette Dance. 

Bria’s Sense of Dedication is Beyond Comparison! 
Being a young entertainer is undeniably a task! Majority of her earlier acting career, Bria had a family-like bond with her peers. It wasn’t uncommon for them to champion each-others journeys’. Bria and her Hott Theater classmates entered a competition showcasing their talent. This would set the Entertaining precedent, Rep Your Act 2017. As if the pressures of having to contend with her closest friends weren’t enough for Bria; each actor brought their own special sauce! Nonetheless, Bria never underestimated her ability to be great, as she now understood what was at stake. And honestly no one took it personally. Bria would learn, ultimately, her strength lied in her ability to care, exude much patience and remain connected. With a Recipe of High Expectations and Love, Bria would WIN the 2017 Rep Your Act Competition! 

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As Bria would continue in her endeavors, she holds near (words to live by from her Mother); “Remember to Push, Pray, Praise and Remain Humble”.

Other trainings and TV/Film works would include but not be limited to Madea’s Boo Halloween, Middle School the Worst Years of My Life, (TV One) Saints and Sinners, (TPN Network) Flags on the Field, Denied Unemployment , The Appeal, & Love Is All It Takes Stage Play (Eagle Vision Production). Bria has also had the opportunity to work closely with Chike Okonkwo (BET’s Being Mary Jane) and Nate Parker (Birth of a Nation).  

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“My Scene was Very Controversial, Being that I was a Little Black girl captured by “Will” in bed with my White Master…..Mr. Parker Wanted to Make Sure I was Comfortable and Ready to master the scene he chose for me……Mr. Parker also asked my opinion for the scene after we ran through it once…. I gave him a suggestion and he actually used it in the movie!…I was excited, blown away, and just happy for this experience…. I even forgot I was on set for over 13 hours…. I will never forget the opportunity with working on set of Birth Of A Nation.!”  

Bria’s fruitful journey thus far has made such an impression on her. She is simultaneously fueled with excitement and nervousness as she embarks on new levels. Her goals are to attend Julliard in New York City for College, and after graduation she seeks to become a full time Professional Actress, Director/Producer as well as owner of a Dance Studio in Atlanta, GA and New Orleans LA.

With an expression of gratitude to Hott Theater for Children’s own, Lauren Hunt, Bria Armani dreams to one day create a nonprofit foundation for less fortunate girls. One that would serve as a vehicle to not only provide shelter, but aid in Confidence building and allowing them to receive Free Lessons in the areas of Arts and Academics.

As it was rooted from birth, Bria Armani Johnson deems herself a Winner and she effortlessly seizes the opportunity to champion her friends and family’s with success and well wishes.

“Continue to Bring Your A Game!”, says Bria 

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Rising Star /The Exception

30 Jun

Brenda Smith Dubone is THE Exception.

American Actress/Host/ Model, Brenda Smith Dubone is known to be THE Exception!

Brenda is a Memphis, TN Native who relocated to Atlanta Georgia in 2013. After having been a veteran of the City of Memphis for 22 years, Wife (Divorcee), and Mother who raised 4 children; Brenda strategically executed her life long passion of working in Entertainment.

No matter the facet; Acting, Modeling, Singing, etc, Brenda deliberately was in execution mode!

Brenda was wise beyond her years. She learned at the early age of 5 about her gifts. Being extremely shy- she would only sing and dance for family. Later, in her middle school- aged years she experienced one of the most frightening moments of her life! Brenda learned that an opening at her school choir would soon be available. But the only way to be considered- she would have to audition in front of several of her peers. Thankfully, Mrs. Annie Barrett allowed her to sing to her (in a private setting). It was of No Surprise- how Brenda would WOW the entire Choir department with her colorful and mature vocals.
This gave Brenda the confidence that would help navigate her throughout her journey. Brenda later began giving private vocal lessons; teaching songs and harmony.

As an adult, Brenda Blooms in her Purpose. Being an example to others; showing them “with Faith in God, hard work and determination, it is Never too late to live out your dreams- No Matter What They Are and How Old You Are”!

Having Been Led By God w Purpose and Time, Brenda Surrounded Herself with People Who Authentically Understood Her Vision. People Who Epitomizes ‘IronSharpensIron!’ A Live Broadcast, “He Said, She Said”, Chef Competition: Laughter for the Soul (Food), AmicaAnd2Girls (Red Carpet Host), an Annual Fashion Show, “Ageless Beauty” are All Leading House Hold Brands, Brenda Has Come to Love and Attributes the Climax of her Career to her Dear Friend and Business Partner, Media Matriarch and Owner of TLA Agency, Tina Bridges.

Brenda continues to challenge herself, daily. She is proud to be in the position to add value to herself- by studying her craft. Brenda has taken multiple Acting Workshops in Atlanta, GA: Rated ETA, Dugout Studios, Rhavynn Drummer and a Production Assistant workshop at Pinewood Studios. Brenda also attributes sharpening her skills as an entertainer to the many Appearances she has made on TV. She has Served as an Actress (Multiple Seasons) on Fatal Attraction, The Originals, Domestic Seduction, Captain America 3, Wimpy Kid the Long Haul, Spider Man Home Coming, The Last Full Measure and Still Managing to Book Commercial Print Ads (Treasure Bay Casino)/Brand Modeling for Many Notable Photographers and Magazines. Brenda’s also had the opportunity to take great notes along side Veteran Actor, Samuel L Jackson, and Stand-in for Rapper, Producer, Queen Latifah (Miracles From Heaven).

As if Being Mother, Actress, Host, and Full Figured Runway Model isn’t enough; Brenda stretches belief in her dream to become a world renowned Writer. One of her favorite quotes, “I do what I can, while I can, because tomorrow is not promised”! With each obstacle there is a blessing. Brenda has been the exception to what society deems to be the perfect recipe for success. Instead she has used her shy-ness and many other stones to build her massive catalog. And with a goal to continue to inspire others she also plans to humbly bask in her accomplishments with family and friends.

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Star Studded, Linda Shane Robinson

8 Jan

Linda Shane Robinson, Actor/Comedienne/Vocalist, has proven to effortlessly command attention with her provoking charisma and ability to set the tone; no matter the facet or audience.

Linda Shane, a native of the south-side of Chicago, Illinois, was born the 4th of five children. Having been raised in a home where there were a buffet of personalities; Linda was known to naturally be the center of attention, at an early age. It would be her adolescent years- when she attended a Jewish Summer Camp, where Linda Shane was selected for the part of Maria in the Incomparable stage play “West Side Story”.

Notably evident, Linda Shane a born thespian continued to hone her craft; Linda Shane begin taking voice lessons and studying several musical instruments with trumpet being her choice of sound. She later starred in Hansel and Gretel at The Chicago Schubert Theater and played in the Bud Billiken Parade.

Linda Shane is extremely balanced. She learned to surround herself with mentors and friends that would serve as positive instruments in her young career, many of which, were the reason she too carries a baton of Philanthropy. In addition to her intermediate level counselors; Linda Shane had the pleasure of meeting the late Ray Charles, Little Jimmy Scott and befriending Actor, Bill Cobbs, filmmaker, Robert Townsend, Stevie Wonder and Juanita Jennings.

Linda has lived very fruitful, although she has a passion to entertain, she spent many years building a quality life for her family. Linda Shane worked in corporate America as a Paralegal, Driver License Examiner, E-911 Operator, Waitress, etc. It wasn’t until later in her adult years, where she was encouraged by friends, family and co-workers to become a full-time actress.

1st ever audition, Linda landed a role in the stage play, “All Out”! Which was performed on a military base in Louisiana.

In addition to being such a matriarch in theater, she subscribe to constant training and acting workshops. Studying Meisner technique and being led by SAG Trainer Carol Gordon. Linda also works behind the scene as Stand-In, Production Assistant and Script Supervisor.

As Linda Shane evolves in her career as an actress, she has demonstrated her ability to be teachable when presented in featured, featured reoccurring or background roles. She has graced film/TV with her captivating presence and skill in web-series; Risky Business, UNDERGROUND on WGN, Birth of a Nation, Selma, and Lee Daniels, STAR on Fox.

With a recipe to sooth the heart and soul; whether through theater, film, song or her “Chicago Style Steppin”, Linda intentionally executes her gifts as planting seeds in hopes to provoke intensity, Love and Unity.

 

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