By Jessica Dortch, AFRO Staff, [email protected]
Meet Ms. Renaissance: she’s ambitious, she’s driven, but “to find her dream career, she just might have to try them all.” On Oct. 19, catch the pilot episode of Ambre Anderson’s Baltimore debut of “Ms. Renaissance” at the Motor House on North Avenue. But behind the scenes, the AFRO spoke with writer, director and actress Ambre Anderson to understand the origin of Ms. Renaissance.
In ‘Ms. Renaissance,’ the life of Jackie, the main character of the show, closely relates to the actual life of Ambre Anderson and the ups and downs of being an independent woman aiming to find fulfilment in her work. After dumping her boyfriend, Jackie fully dedicates all of her time and attention to finding the man and the job of her dreams. “She’s now liberated, and she’s now determined to find her own path,” Anderson explains. Jackie never takes ‘no’ for an answer, and knows how to figure things out for herself.
Anderson attended Howard University as a fine arts major, where she received a colorful, well-rounded education in the arts. As a naturally creative person, the Baltimore native became involved in fashion shows and even a singing group, outside of being a painter. After winning a modeling contest while in undergrad, Anderson found herself traveling back and forth to New York City quite a bit. “I knew that New York was a really creative place to figure things out,” Anderson recalls, and soon she would be living in the big apple, working as a catalogue model.
After a while, the catalogue shoots opened the door to various roles on commercials. It was then that Anderson fell head over heels in love with acting and the wonderful world of theatre arts. To truly immerse herself with acting, Anderson traveled across the country to none other than Los Angeles. Within a week she booked her first role on a local TV show. “I moved to LA with an east coast spirit,” she said, referring to the hustle and grind of the industry. However, in LA, competition was stiff, and although Anderson was a qualified competitor, the work was better on the east coast.
“You can be in a place for a while, and it makes sense financially, but your passion is what fuels you,” Anderson noted, and upon her return back to New York City, she continued to pursue an acting career under the coaching direction of the renowned Anthony Abeson.
The young actress went on countless auditions and callbacks throughout her career, and learned eye-opening lessons about the film and television industry. Standing at five feet and nine inches, Anderson learned early on that directors like to cast people who are along the same height and size, and as a fair-skinned Black woman, sometimes she’s too light, and other times she’s too dark. “I’d love it to come down to what I bring to the table, and what I’ve worked and studied for,” she admits. Regardless, Anderson persevered through every test to create her own masterpiece, that earned her a Best Actress award at the People’s Film Festival in Harlem, N.Y.
See Ambre Anderson in her Baltimore film debut, ‘Ms. Renaissance,’ on Oct. 19 at 2:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. This screening and fundraiser will be held at the Motor House at 120 W. North Ave. in Baltimore, Md. The proceeds from this event will go toward funding for the next episode of the series. For more information on Ms. Renaissance, to purchase your ticket, and to make a donation, visit www.ambreanderson.wixsite.com/msrenaissance.