We had the good fortune of connecting with Martha Woldu and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Martha, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I had the tendency to fade into the background growing up and I didn’t have the confidence to really speak up and let myself be seen and heard. I was always really quiet and shy, afraid to let people in. I felt comfortable in my little bubble. But I knew that was led by fear and I wanted an outlet to stretch myself.
As a result, I took four years of theater in high school. My years in theater were really an exercise in growing into myself, and letting myself open up and be seen and heard by not only my peers, but hundreds of people in the audience! It was thrilling! Through playing characters, I was able to share sides of myself I was too scared to show.
I knew back then that a career in the arts was my happy place. A place I could be free to be silly, awkward, fun and daring. A place where I could be free to express myself!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am so proud of the launch of my new YouTube channel: TITA TAKES!
TITA TAKES is a community channel dedicated to celebrating and analyzing incredible works of visual and literary arts written for and by people of color.
Creative work by people of color has been historically under reviewed and under valued in the entertainment and literary industries, and my channel was created in response to that. We celebrate the incredible creators of color who deserve recognition by giving it to them ourselves! Cue FUBU by Solange Knowles…!
You can expect to get reviews of television (shows like Insecure and Lovecraft Country), movies (The Harder They Fall, Passing, etc) and books (The Vanishing Half, Thick, How the Word is Passed).
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If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If my friend were visiting for 24 hours and fatigue and traffic wasn’t a thing (lol) here’s where I’d take them.
8:00 am – Grab coffee and an egg sandwich at Hilltop Coffee in Inglewood! I almost never order eggs for
breakfast but these!? Tastes like ya mama made it.
8:30 am – Hike at Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook for the gorgeous view of LA. Also the stairs up to the top are a KILLER and not for the weak.
12:00 pm – Lunch at Ackee Bamboo in Leimert Park of course. Some of the best Jamaican food I’ve had outside of the
1:00 pm – Walk around Leimert Park and hit up Arun coffee, Eso Won bookstore and other black owned businesses
3:00 pm – Off to the beach! Can’t have a friend come to town without hitting the beach.
7:00 pm – Dinner time! At this point we’re starving so I’d take my friend to Mario’s Peruvian for some lomo saltado.
9:00 pm – Catch a comedy show at the Laugh Factory on Sunset!
10:00 pm – Drinks and dancing at Breakroom 86 of course!
1:000am – Visiting LA without having Korean food is an actual crime. Dan Sung Sa is the ultimate late night eats spot. Try their chicken wings, corn cheese and kimchi pancakes
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to shoutout my high school theater teacher Carol Cadby. She was one of the first adults in my life who saw something special in me at a young age when I desperately needed it! She once told me, “Martha, I want you to speak up more. I think the world needs to hear what you have to say.” She probably doesn’t know how much those words meant to me but they’ve stayed with me for the past decade! Thank you, Ms. Cadby!
image credits IG: @shot2frame IG: @elliotashby