We had the good fortune of connecting with La-Niece and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi La-Niece, what role has risk played in your life or career?
When I decided to leave New York and move to Los Angeles most people thought that was taking a risk but I looked at that move as increasing my odds as an artist. My first year living in Los Angeles I got my first speaking role in a featured film “Least Among Saints” and was immediately eligible to join the actors’ union. I was also booked on the Reality TV show “Operation Repo” and I was featured in music videos. Personally I feel that if I am not moving in the direction of my dreams, my goals or the things that I am really passionate about that is the risk but as long as I keep moving towards those things than the odds are more in my favor.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
What’s up! My name is La-Niece and I am an Actress, Photographer, Videographer, Editor and the owner of oohLaniece.com. I am currently working remotely as a content and film editor in Atlanta, Georgia.

In 2011 I started my blog LFTPS.com (Looking for this Production Studio) with me sharing my journey as a professional actress in Hollywood, CA. By 2013, things were going so great my blog was doing well, I already had a speaking role in a feature film and I had made some appearances in a few Reality shows and I was now ready to expand my ideas as a creative artist so I started shooting celebrity photography professionally for magazines and media outlets which landed some of my photos published in People magazine, The Jasmine Brand, Perez Hilton and TV slots such as Wendy Williams and Fox News. In addition to celebrity photography I also began to host celebrity interviews at red carpet events. In 2017, I wanted to start to focus more on me as a brand and I revamped my blog so it could also include more information about me, my services and my merch so I changed the name to oohLaniece.com and now I offer post production services for content and film. It definitely has not been an easy journey and I have been through so much from losing my older brother in 2012, my dad passing away in 2016, me getting over anxiety and depression and now becoming a full time caregiver to a loved one since the pandemic started. Wuuuu! I definitely do not have all the right answers on how I am pushing through because I am still on my journey of becoming but one thing I’ve learned is that you have to keep going and surround yourself with people who love and support you emotionally, spiritually, mentally and if there is no one in your life like that the most important thing is to love and support yourself. Stay positive by taking time to do the things you love and to take care of your overall self so that you can keep moving forward towards your goals and the things your passionate about…even if they are only small steps continue to climb. I have gained so much experience and I am proud of my accomplishments, I’m excited about my current editing projects and I’m also excited about upcoming projects and bookings in the near future.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Site seeing: Stone Mountain Park
Georgia Aquarium
Coca Cola Factory
Skyview Atlanta

Life Bistro
Cafe Sunflower
Tassili’s Raw Reality Cafe

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Wow there are so many people who have mentored and helped me out. I will start with giving a shout out to Jose Esquire who booked me for my first professional gig as a classical theatrical actress in an off Broadway play in my city, New York. I was taking scene study classes at Woodie King Jr.’s New Federal Theater in New York at the time.

Della Reese was a mentor for me when I first moved to Hollywood. I used to attend her Sunday service ministry and I have also been to her home a few times for her weekly bible study and prayer. She always had great advice and words of encouragement for me.

When I had to move from my old place but had to wait two weeks for my new apartment to be ready in Hollywood and I had no place to stay and my acting coach Dustin Felder and his wife offered me a room to stay in their home and they saved me from a lot of stress that I was dealing with at that time.

There used to be this coffee shop that I used to love to go to and work on my laptop in Los Angeles and I would see Theresa Randle come in once in a while and one day she sat next to me and I had my headshots on the table and we started talking and she gave me great acting advice and information about the actors union and whenever we ran into each other again we would chit chat and catch up on things.

Last but certainly not least, my brother Freddie he passed away in 2012 but I could talk to him about anything. He helped me with all my problem solving. He was one of my biggest supporters and I love and miss him so much.

Website: www.oohLaniece.com

Instagram: oohLaniece

Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/la-niece

Twitter: https://twitter.com/oohlaniece

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/oohlaniece

Other: IMDB: imdb.me/la-niece

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