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Chasity Nicole: Her Mother’s Daughter
I was always unsure about what the future would hold for me. Being a single mother of two wonderful children (my daughter is in the play), I want to make sure they receive the things that I never had or experienced as a child.
by Chasity Williams | 6th Grade SPED, SMS
My name is Chasity Nicole. I am a Mississippi native, but I’ve been in the Mid-South for a few years now. I’m an educator but most importantly, I’m an entertainer. Actress, singer, and now playwright and director have been added to my roster of talents. I started acting when I was five years old. My dad (whose also an actor) started recording me telling stories and acting as different characters. I fell in love with acting and becoming other people. I started doing community theater with Theater Oxford and have performed in many plays for years, including being showcased in the Oxford Film Festival for two years. As trained as I was in theater, I decided to pursue film in 2012. I fell in LOVE with it! It was so much more to it than theater. I started doing Indie movies and it took off pretty quickly. Writing was always a passion of mine but like Erykah Badu said “ I’m sensitive about my shhh”… (smile). I’d written so many things but I was afraid to let others read it. I was at a church program one day and one of the speakers kept saying that now was the time to start walking in your purpose. “Somebody out there is about to write a book, or a play.” I said, if she says this two more times I’ll start fresh. She said it like six times, so I obeyed. I wrote the stage play Her Mother’s Daughter in SIX days, praise be to God.
The title, to me, means that we pick up things from the people in our families. Little girls are mirror images of their mothers. We grow to watch our mothers and follow in their footsteps, whether it be bad or good. People always coin the phrase, “you look or act just like yo mama”. We are our Mother’s Daughters. Mary McLeod Bethune said “For I am my Mother’s Daughter, and the drums of Africa still beat in my heart”. That’s also where I got the title from. Never forget where you come from. I’ve gone through a lot in my life. Addictions, personal abuse from myself and physical abuse from others, not knowing where mine or my kids next meal would come from, depression, you name it. I would never wish those things on people, no matter how badly they treated me. So in writing this story, I had to put every emotion into it so it could be as real as possible.
The story is about breaking generational curses, finding love, exploring friendships, and handling drama. My motivation for this play came from personal experiences. Of course I had to add a little and stretch a little, but it was MINE. This was my BABY. I wanted people to know that it was okay to tell your story, no matter how embarrassing it was or how it made you feel. Somebody out there could relate to YOU. My cast—-OMG, they are so amazing! They took my platform and made the show a success! The packed house and the audience’s reactions was only confirmation for me to KEEP WRITING.
I was always unsure about what the future would hold for me. Being a single mother of two wonderful children (my daughter is in the play), I want to male sure they receive the things that I never had or experienced as a child. I’m claiming ALL KINDS of victories: awards, nominations and all of that. I hope to continue acting because that’s where it started. I am also excited about writing. It’s so new to me but if I can birth greatness out of a production that I wrote in SIX days? I think God wants me to write more:) I see traveling, I see success, I see LOVE.
To every woman out there, regardless of color, who is afraid to put themselves out there: you will never know unless you TRY. Be confident that your work is the BOMB. The worst anyone can say is no. And I know this! One “yes” can take you exactly where you want to be. Her Mother’s Daughter was that “yes” that I needed. For that, I am grateful:)
Chasity Nicole is a seasoned actress, singer, and entertainer who has been in the business for over 10 years. With her first directed play, Her Mother‘s Daughter, she hopes to bring in a range of other self written productions as well as novels and short stories to her company. A native of Oxford, Mississippi , She has participated in many community theater productions, including the head community film, Firemax, at the Oxford Film Festival. She has been in the independent film industry for six years, and pretty much prefers film to the stage . There will be much more out of her, as she sits this play off for 2019. Keep a lookout on this fire cracker!
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