We had the good fortune of connecting with Treshelle Edmond and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Treshelle, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I really didn’t pursue an artistic career. I genuinely believe that it chose me. It is my passion, my calling.
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 a passionate actress and I think my passion is part of what sets me apart from others. Some people would expect me to say that being deaf sets me apart but I think it’s my passion. Passion is what allows me to express myself as well as I do when storytelling or playing a role in a movie or play. It’s what helps me stand out. It hasn’t been easy because there aren’t a lot of roles for black women let alone black deaf women. I overcome the challenges by continuing to audition and show up for roles. It shouldn’t be the responsibility of the actor to change the minds of directors or writers on the roles that are available but more often than not, that happens. We have to change their minds in order to be included in the roles. There are very few stories of black deaf women in film, on television, or on Broadway. If I can help change that narrative by telling my story then great. I see the importance of representation. When I was growing up I never saw anyone on t.v that looked like me. I never had toys or dolls that looked like me. When I see a few toys today, it is a reminder to me of just how much representation matters and of how much I didn’t have that when I was a kid. I have learned a few things along the way: 1. When people show you who they really are, believe them. 2. Nothing worth having comes easy. 3. If there’s even the smallest opportunity, take it. 4. Self-care is extremely important. 5. Never ever let anyone dull your shine.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Let’s see… I would definitely take them to my favorite hiking spot in Stone Haven. I love to go there and especially watch the sunset. My favorite place to eat is a taco truck in the valley. I don’t know the name of it but I know it when I see it! Malibu beach is a must see. I have a secret favorite spot at Malibu beach in the lagoon where I can hear and feel the water come in. It’s amazing.
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?
Obviously I would have to shoutout my mom. Without my mother I would not be who I am or where I am. Also, a huge shoutout to Mia and Gayle Sanchez at Dame Art Studio