We had the good fortune of connecting with Shein Mompremier and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Shein, do you have any habits that you feel contribute to your effectiveness?
The first habit that comes to mind is my absolute devotion to the things that I want. When I decided to become an actor, I knew that I would need to commit to taking classes, learning new skills, regularly taking risks and accepting rejection, living in different places…basically having an unconventional but well-rounded lifestyle. Once I’ve decided that I want something, and I’ve asked the universe to give me said thing, then it becomes my duty to go after it. And the presence of this desire confirms to me that it is mine for the taking.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As much as we hear this being said, it is important for people like me to see themselves being represented in an authentic way. It’s refreshing that we have begun to see more of this in the media and I feel honored to be a part of that.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’d take them to the Blackest parts of town and have them try every cuisine from every Black culture available. Simply put, it is very important to feed your soul. Perhaps we would start at Marie Jean-Claude’s house, where she would give you the best “diri” and “griot” you’ll get on this side of town. After trying Haitian cuisine, we’d cruise on down to the best African dishes, followed by the best Caribbean dishes, and then round it all out with some good old-fashioned Southern-inspired soul food. A good time for me means good eating. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My latest project, “Ludi,” is an independent narrative feature film about a young Haitian nurse who works hard to provide for herself and her family back home in her native country. Playing the role of Ludi has been my most rewarding role so far and it would not have been possible without the support of everyone making the film, especially from writer and director Edson Jean and co-writer Joshua Jean-Baptiste, producer Fabiola Rodriguez, cinematographer Juan Camilo Barriga and my amazing cast and crew.
I’d also like to shoutout all the mentors in my life who have planted seeds, my acting teachers in South Florida, my mental and physical trainers, my professional network of directors and fellow actors of color from South Florida.
Most importantly, I’d like to shoutout my family and friends whose love and support fuels me every day.
Main image: Jeffrey Salter Behind-the-scenes photo: Bantufy Films Still from film, “Ludi”: Bantufy Films Full body shot: Chris Diamond Head-and-Shoulders shot: Jeffrey Salter