Thea Camara: From Corporate America to the Big Screen

Thea Camara: From Corporate America to the Big Screen
Actress Thea Camara is now starring in Christopher Nolen's 72 Hours.

By Zondra Hughes

Thea Camara is acting up, and she’s enjoying every minute of it.

The actress discovered her passion for acting at an early age. However, Thea began to pursue her long time dream with vigor in 2008. Since that time, Thea has had the opportunity to perform in stage plays, commercials and on the big screen. Thea Camara has trained under the watchful eye of Tasha Smith from “Why did I get married I & II and she has also attended Act One studios, Columbia College and Concordia University where she earned her degree. Thea has worked on various films including, Christopher Nolen’s 72 Hours, that screened two sold-out shows recently at the Studio Movie Grill in Chatham.

We caught up with Thea after witnessing her spellbinding performance in 72 Hours.

What was your life like before acting?

My life before acting was good.

I’ve worked in Corporate America (telecommunications) for the last 20 years. My husband and I have built a wonderful life together along with two beautiful children.

How did you discover your talent?

While in high school, I was a part of the drama club. That’s where I discovered I could capture the attention of others doing what I loved, performing/acting.

What has been the biggest surprise about this process of performing?

How supportive my family and friends have been towards me. I left a six-figure job to pursue my dreams and it’s been tough. How natural it feels for me to bring a character to life. And to have others take my craft as serious as I do is priceless.

What has been the biggest disappointment?

Not being able to work as much. I absolutely love what I do and I’d like to work more.

What is your dream role?

Well I have a few but the one that comes to mind is to bring Hattie McDaniel’s life to the big screen. I would also like to play a role with layers that’s totally opposite of what I would typically play. For instance, a confident, strong, Black, well-educated, full-figured woman that’s unapologetic.

What can we expect to see from you in Christopher Nolen’s 72Hours movie?

A mother that loves her only son and wants the very best for him. She also knows him better then he knows himself.

What was it like to work with Timon Kyle Durrett?

He was a consummate professional, a real brother, kind, sweet, funny and a friend.  The scene I had with him and Harry Lennix was extremely powerful. I enjoyed every moment of working with them both.

What was it like to work with Director Christopher Nolen?

He, too, is a consummate professional. The set was magical. Everyone from Christopher to the crew was fully present! It was one team, one goal, and that was to make the best product that we could.

Christopher Nolen saw me! He believe in me and my talent. He took me seriously. He made me feel like I had just as much experience as any of the other actors with long resumes. I will forever be grateful for his generosity. To date he has given me one of my biggest opportunities.

What is your best advice for future actresses?

Don’t limit yourself. If this is something you truly want, then lean and get it. Don’t just take “A” class and think you’ve got it…continue to pour into yourself to discover your full potential.

Follow Thea Camara on Twitter @TCamara01

Director Christopher Nolen and 72 Hours Movie social media strategist Zondra Hughes at the Chicago screening of Christopher Nolen's 72 Hours movie.

Director Christopher Nolen and 72 Hours Movie social media strategist Zondra Hughes at the Chicago screening of Christopher Nolen’s 72 Hours movie.

Zondra Hughes is a digital storyteller, Huffington-Post blogger, social media strategist and doting auntie.; @zondrahughes.
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