We had the good fortune of connecting with Alana “Lah” Nedd and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Alana “Lah”, looking back, what do you think was the most difficult decision you’ve had to make?
I think the most difficult decision I’ve ever had to make is the one that I’m still making everyday. The decision to pursue a career in the acting/entertainment field rather than a more “traditional” career. And I can honestly say it’s not an easy decision to make because life is happening everyday and it doesn’t care about what bills you have to pay or the vacation you desperately need or the family that needs your help. For a very long time I opted to not make the choice and just do a bit of both, I realized this would not bring me the success I was looking for. And although I do enjoy my current position in the law enforcement field I don’t want to look back and wish I made a more valiant effort.

When this year started (my New Year started in February btw, no judgement!) I made the choice to be committed whole heartedly for the next 6 months with no excuses and see where life would lead me. About a week or two after the decision, I got booked for a short film. Look at God and the universe! It was a sign for me. A sign that I made the right choice. Now there’s so much more work to be done and even though the decision is difficult I’m proud of myself everyday for saying this what I’m going to work towards and be committed to it. Maybe after 6 months that will change. But I’m not worried about 6 months right now, I’m just working on being better for tomorrow.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My journey started in May of 2015, my friend Mellissa Chen and I decided to create The Pulse Inc. We wanted to give our LGBTQIA community a platform to showcase their talents, passions and creativity. We would travel to different events to record and highlight our own people instead of waiting for someone else to do it. The challenges we faced in that realm certainly helped shape me today. But it was there that I found my love of being in front of the camera, talking to and about the people. It was undoubtedly one of the most important segments of my life.

 In 2020, a couple months before the pandemic started, my friend Jessica Renee and I decided to create and host a digital show called “A Little Bit About Something” where we would just talk about random topics with one another. The show didn’t last long because the pandemic reared its ugly head and shook everything up.

But in the midst of that show, I decided to create my own show “A Week in 60 Seconds With Lah” a weekly digital comedic recap show where I would review the stories of the week from entertainment to politics to sports. I recently decided to end the show to focus more on acting and producing a new show but I am extremely proud of myself for the 2 years of work I put into it. Because subjecting myself to that much media on a weekly basis was a task OKAY! But I absolutely loved it. Creating jokes, exploring how to use my voice to emphasis points, improving the visuals of the show (because that selfie mode was not it haha) but all in all making people LAUGH! The interactions from my friends and supporters was truly unmatched.

One thing for sure this show was not easy to do. I was the researcher, editor, producer, actor, social media manager and more. I was constantly overwhelmed and stressed out. But I loved what I was doing and it taught me so much about myself and my work ethic. So many times I prayed and asked the universe to keep me pressing forward. Those moments when I didn’t understand why a particular video didn’t get the views and/or comments I was looking for really tested me. (instagrams algorithm or lack there of can really get you if you let it) I was determined to just create and improve because someone was laughing, someone was seeing it. All I needed was my faith! Faith in myself, in my work, in my craft. Nothing is overnight, everything needs time to ripen.

While ‘A Week in 60 Seconds With Lah’ didn’t land me on the map, it taught me about being committed. Doing ‘the work’ showed me what I am capable of, so I’m excited about planting more seeds, nurturing them and watching them blossom. But please believe I am scared too! But I’ve decided to walk in fear rather than be blinded by it.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’m from Brooklyn and I love food so we would definitely be eating a lot! We’d have to hit Shane’s Brooklyn for brunch, Kokomo in Williamsburg for lunch one day then swing by Domino Park for a great view afterwards. Negril BK for a nice dinner is a must as well. These are mostly Carribean places but my family is Guyanese so hey! And if we’re talking take-out food a chopped sandwich from Farmer in the Deli or chinese food from Kum Kau are great choices! New York is a dope city with so much going on so there’s always something to check out. The Edge sky deck for the views, The Rooftop at Pier 17 for some summer fun and drinks, walking the Brooklyn Bridge for some cheesecake from Juniors or a picnic at either Battery or Central Park are also some nice ways to spend the day.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My parents Deayon Nedd and Clement Gordon. They’ve both shown me how to be resilient, independent and love me so much in their own ways.

To Emily Prince owner of Privacy Parlor (a loctician specific service) thank you for supporting me unconditionally and believing in me more than I believe in myself, thank you for loving me, I love you.

To Mellisa Chen owner of Mom’s Pharmacy (a black woman owned pharmacy in Brooklyn, NY) my friend, my business partner I truly could not have made these leaps of faith these past few years without you. Thank you for your motivation, your insight, your notes and most of all your love.

To Jessica, KK, Shell, Mia, Zina, Amanda, Katt, Gabby and Kaysha thank you for being a friend. I love y’all and you guys keep me sane.

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