We had the good fortune of connecting with Natasha Myrick and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Natasha, what matters most to you?
Staying true to myself and my boundaries. Not changing who I am, or how I look just to fill a role. In the entertainment industry, I am frequently met with several reasons for not “landing” the role or the job. Examples have included: I am too old. I am too young. I am too thin. I am too large. At the end of the day, I can not please everyone. If I try to fit into society’s view of what I should be or their beauty standard, I will constantly be trying to change myself. Why would I want to live life that way? I know that some people do try to change themselves to fit societal beauty standards, but I would encourage them that societal standards are temporary, they are just a handful of peoples opinions, they do not add value to your life, and it is all completely fickle and changes quickly. Be true to yourself and who you are. We need more unique people in this world, rather than those who are trying to fit into a mold. I want to be that example to others, even if it potentially costs me an audition or a role/job.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am an artist that wears a few different hats. My passion is singing, but I’m currently pursuing modeling and acting. This road has been a very difficult one, but also very exciting. What sets me apart from others is how passionate I am about being a positive example to others with my art. The main reason I pursue a career in the arts is to make a positive impact in the lives of others, whether that be my music and my voice being an avenue of healing or bringing others to God, or being a part of repairing body image issues with my modeling. If my contribution in the creative community is bringing hope to others, then I know I’m doing my job right. I have taken professional vocal lessons ever since I was 11 years old. I started training as a model about 4 years ago. I have been a vocal coach for various stage musicals, lead choirs, and had my own private music studio. What makes this path challenging is the politics in the entertainment world. Many times, landing a job is more about “who” you know that “what” you know. It makes all of my training and efforts seem minute and meaningless at times. However, I have to trust the process and understand that God has given me these gifts to share with others and to enjoy for myself as well. I know that if I trust that, what needs to fall into place will.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
My husband and I have been in Atlanta for only a year and a half. 6 months after moving here, COVID-19 shut down the whole country. So while I might not know all the “hot spots”, I do have a few favorites! The Georgia Aquarium is a must-see. I was blown away by how incredible it was. I am a huge fan of coffee shops and bakeries. I eat gluten free, so that can pose as a challenge at times. However, Atlanta has incredible coffee shops. Grant Park Coffeehouse is such a gem of a place. Not only is their coffee incredible, they have gluten free sweet breads and their prices are just awesome. Revolutions Donuts is the bomb. Their gluten free donuts are incredible. Cafe Intermezzo has wonderful cakes/cheesecakes and will even give you a “cake” tour” to tell you about each one. It’s a romantic and beautiful place. There are some really beautiful trails here along the Chattahoochie River. The Center for Puppetry Arts is such a fun museum. My husband recently took me there for my birthday and it gave me all the nostalgia. If you have a dog, Fetch dog park is a must. They have an Airstream with a full bar so you can enjoy a drink while you watch your pup play. It also has “bark rangers” to keep aggressive dogs out of the park. We would definitely go to Clarity Fitness in Decatur for a workout or a fun class. They offer hip-hop dance, yoga, etc. Clarity is Georgia’s first ever body-positive gym, so anyone is sure to feel at home and comfortable in a workout or a class.

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?
My community of friends, even though it changes with seasons, has always been such a big support. They have seen me at my best and at my worst. They encourage me and pray with me. I would not be where I am today without the support of my friends, past and current. I have incredibly supportive parents who cheer me on, no matter what it is I set out to do. My husband, Kory, is always my biggest support. He has encouraged me and supported me in pursuit of my dreams when no one else would. When I didn’t believe in myself, he pushed me to go even farther. When I wanted to quit, he helped me stand up and encouraged me to keep going.

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