10 THINGS – TAMARA ALMEIDA

"I always wanted to act, but never thought it was possible to pursue it as a career. To go into acting felt irresponsible, so I kept that dream private. ... "

Tamara Almeida

10 Things about Tamara Almeida

What made you initially get into the business of acting and how did you get your start? 

I always wanted to act, but never thought it was possible to pursue it as a career. I’ve been interested in the arts for as long as I can remember. As a kid, I spent all my free time dressing up, singing, dancing, acting, you name it. I grew up as one of four children in a low income, single-parent home. There were expectations to be well-educated and most importantly, financially stable. There was a lot of fear in the home. To go into acting felt irresponsible, so I kept that dream private. I had a more tumultuous upbringing than most, but when I finally left home, things started to settle and I could breathe easier. I had a career that helped me achieve personal and financial goals. I had all the safety boxes checked. I had always been interested in storytelling, and particularly acting, but it didn’t seem possible. I had no point of reference as to how you’d actually turn this into a career.

Then, we suddenly had these Latina women who began blowing up in media and it was very inspiring. They weren’t just telenovela stars, they were in movies and TV shows. That was a moment of “maybe I could do this”. I started to entertain it more and more, but questioned if it made sense to leave my security and stability. But acting kept drawing me in with how it lent itself to the storytelling. When the acting felt truthful, it really impacted me and I could feel it in my soul. It could be a show or a movie, but I’d consistently find myself deeply fixated by certain moments. It was, what was in the unspoken that would grip me. I was so compelled by the duality of humans, and found it intriguing that you could use your body as this instrument to tell stories. So, I decided to begin saving for the day that I’d be ready to walk away and give it a shot. I had to try or I’d always regret it. Eventually, the desire intensified to a point where I couldn’t ignore it. So, I started taking an acting class, figured I’d saved enough, and finally quit my job.

Which actor’s body of work has had the most positive impact on your career thus far? 

Brit Marling started off as my biggest inspiration, shifting me from wanting to be an actor, to a content creator. I saw “Another Earth” when I was first starting out and I was so impressed that she wrote it, produced it, acted in it. Then, the next year for my birthday, we went to see her new film “The Sound of My Voice” and I was blown away. Minimal locations, solid sci-fi story, and great acting. I was and still am so inspired by her.

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