MADE Magazine Spring 2019 May 2019 - Page 32

MADEFEATURE MADELIFE MADEXXX as a Black woman of the antebellum era. Because she did it, Tegan can. MADE: Who or what do you look to glean creative inspiration? What best prac- tices can you share for young creatives to cultivate their talents and stay motivated? AMIRAH: I listen to and watch moti- that I am multidimensional I will attract that. It starts within. A respectable distance from negativity is also a must. And a new found understanding that “they” mean no harm. Some simply won’t get it. Find those who do. MADE: It’s been a pleasure watching you play Teganon How  To  Get Away With Murderfrom your recurring role in Season 4 to becoming a regular in Season 5. How did the opportunity unfold? How did preparation meet the opportunity to work in Shondaland? AMIRAH: God “opened up the windows of heaven”. I walked in the door, with gro- ceries from a Costco run with my family, to a call saying that I needed to fly to LA the next day for the opportunity. I can think of nothing better to prepare me to play a strong woman more than my character on Underground, Ms Ernestine. Standing in your power was often internally eroding vational speakers like Les Brown, Gary Vaynerchuk, Sarah Jakes Roberts and Toure Roberts to keep me confident and motivated. I listen to and watch Viola Davis, Regina King, Whoopi Goldberg, Denzel Washington, Meryl Streep (per- formers I admire). And I intently watch my amazingly talented friends perform. Listen and Watch the greats to be reminded of what truth and vulnerability look like. Lastly, try something new to give your creative juices a jolt! MADE: As a multifaceted artist, any plans to pursue other creative interests? AMIRAH: Always. I’m currently working on an animated series and it’s such a fascinating learning experience. My imagination has to be childlike again. MADE: Anything else you’d like to share? If you would like to take a musical journey with me, check out my @amirahvannofficial IGTV videos. Singing is my other love. | 32