We had the good fortune of connecting with Deitra Leak and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Deitra, how do you think about risk?
I’m a firm believer in taking risks. If you don’t take risks you’ll never know. My biggest risk is moving to Los Angeles almost 8 years ago from Philly! I’m still surprised I actually did it and it was/is the best decision of my life by far. My acting career is definitely on the rise with a few projects I’m filming this year. I just started my production company called Creative Release Productions, with several projects I will be producing this year and definitely beyond. This is truly my life and I’m so excited about it!
Taking risks is my middle name, life is too short! I encourage the masses to live and if you fail, dust yourself off and try again!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My first love is acting! What sets me apart from others? I’m driven, motivated and I won’t take no for an answer. I’ve been in LA for almost 8 years pursuing my acting career. It definitely wasn’t easy but I persevered and thanks to God I’m still here! You definitely have to have thick skin for all the no’s when you don’t book jobs! When I audition for roles, my main goal is to book the room. Meaning I’m there to not only annihilate my audition, but also to build a relationship with casting directors. When you do the work, they will keep calling you in their offices for other roles in the event you don’t book that audition. They will fight for you until you do book a job! I’m grateful and thankful for all the opportunities that came my way and are coming my way!
I’ve been blessed to have roles on major networks and streaming services throughout my career. I still pinch myself daily that this Philly native is in Los Angeles living her dreams and pursing her passions!
I started my own production company, Creative Release Productions this year. We are filming now and have multiple projects on deck! I am excited for what’s to come! This little engine that could and did, we are chugging along!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My friends visit LA, we are going Downtown to Joey’s Restaurant on 7th. Why? The ambiance, Hibachi wings and truffle fries! (I’m such a foodie) Now, If you want to be grown and sexy…The InterContinental Hotel bar Spire 73 on the 73rd floor. The views of the city are amazing and the drinks too!
I love, love, love Venice Beach! For the vendors and the people watching! It’s such a vibe there, it’s the most touristy place in LA in my opinion. Now, if you want to namaste and take in those beautiful ocean views, Malibu it is!
Hollywood, West Hollywood and Beverly Hills….Hollywood for the walk of fame and people watching. Weho for the strongest drinks ever, partying and great restaurants. BH for the scenery, shops and restaurants!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would love to give shoutouts to my mom, son, auntie, family and friends for believing in me, loving me and supporting my dreams. Without the love and support from them who knows where I’d be! Also, the business relationships I’ve made thru the years are priceless. Thank you! I am so grateful for the opportunities then, now and in the future! Lastly, I will always and forever give praise to God!
Tanisha Pope, Deitra Leak