Introducing The HelloBeautiful Magazine's Cover Star, Shahadi Wright Joseph
As a “broadway baby,” Shahadi talks about the theatre fondly. “Broadway is a lot more pressure when it comes to performance. It is not as if you can say cut and go back and re-do a line if you mess up. You have to improvise your way into the solution if you make a mistake on stage. I think that is something that I am used to – it has been engrained in my head. So, when I started film I would always try to get a perfect take on the first one.”
Whether she is starring in a new film or lighting up the stage, Shahadi is not afraid of hard work. She is constantly looking to create more opportunities for herself and other melanated actors. Just as she often seeks to own her image through her clothing choices, she is charting her own creative path.
“My experience [in the industry] has been really good … but it can be difficult sometimes. That is why I started getting to the point of making my own content and writing my own films. I was tired of seeing dark-skinned girls in the industry getting screwed over time and time again over roles that they are more than capable of doing.”