When I was in grad school I sort of got lulled into basically forgetting I was black—meaning that everyone you play at a conservatory, 95 percent of the characters are non-black. So, if anything, you’re thinking about: How do I transcend this, how do I transform and be believable as Krogstad in A Doll’s House or Sir Peter Teazle in [The] School for Scandal, you know? Once you graduate is when you start to find yourself looking at the information in the audition breakdown and it says, “tall, black” or “African-American, built such-and-such” and you start seeing these character descriptions and seeing that, “Oh, you’re only going in for the ones that are described as your look.” So if anything, in my mind, I never wanted to accept that and so I have always fought against that.
People often ask what would you tell a witch who's just starting out, but what would you tell a seasoned and exasperated witch who's ready to (╯°□°）╯︵ ┻━┻ their altar and whole practice? I'm not in that headspace right now but I have been before, and I know lots of us have been.