We had the good fortune of connecting with Tajeira Bonner and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Tajeira, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
We are often led to believe that our careers define who we are as people and that we can only be one thing, a quantitative or qualitative person. If this were true then what would the world have to say about an Investment Banker turned Actress, Model, Vocalist, and Voice Actress?

One of the most important things you can do as a person is to discover your truest self through the pursuit of your passions. I have been incredibly fortunate to graduate from Vanderbilt University and begin my career in Mergers & Acquisitions. Those first 3-years made me a more confident, worldly, and thoughtful person. These are now skills I leverage daily in my pursuit of an acting career.

My decision to pivot to an acting career came on the realization that any goal worth achieving would require knocking down a few doors. We often see careers in the entertainment industry as unattainable when in truth they mainly require the same energy and persistence we would need for all other industries give or take the 7+ years. It is a pivotal time to join the entertainment industry given the push for more diverse faces in media alongside the increased transparency as casting calls can be found on social media platforms.

I have been incredibly fortunate to have found a few early partners 2-months shy of making this life-changing decision. I am currently represented by Wild Models Talent Agency and enrolled in the Utah Film Academy through Stars Talent Studio. I will also be participating in the upcoming showcase through Emerging Artist LA. Furthermore, I currently have a modeling project in the works alongside competing in the Maxim Magazine Cover Girl 2022 competition.

I approach this next phase of my career with open arms. I hope to be welcomed into the entertainment industry as I continue to partner with like-minded people whether it be additional agencies, acting conservatories, and/or photographers. I remain open to further representation.

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 believe actors are the keepers of history. We tell the stories that need to be remembered. This is not possible without a degree of vulnerability as you can always tell in the finished product whether the actor was being emotionally truthful. I would like to tell the stories that need to be told while being my authentic self. I am on a journey of self-understanding and I would like those who choose to engage in the content I create to come along for the ride.

There are life lessons that I have carried with me into this new venture such as the importance of developing personal relationships and trusting your gut. I have so far been fortunate enough to partner with like-minded individuals who have supported my vision and taken the time to advise me when the situation arises needless to say I am grateful. I have quickly come to understand that being an early actress is no different than being an entrepreneur. For instance, I build out new partnerships, review contracts, promote my work on social media, etc. For this reason, I must rely on past experiences and my gut instinct for guidance.

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 have had the pleasure of living on both the East and West Coasts so here is a list of my favorite eateries:

New York
The Blue Dog Cookhouse
Jasper’s Taphouse & Kitchen
Samwon Garden Korean BBQ

Mushin Sports Lounge
Farmhouse Kitchen Thai Cuisine
Madrone Art Bar

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?
I would like to take a moment to personally thank those who have and continue to support my artistic vision.

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Image Credits
Photo by Cheshire Isaacs

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