WIF&E is a platform for creatives to network, share stories and support each other in their craft. Due to a large number of our members out of work due to the pandemic, WIF&E has decided to promote them on this platform. As an organisation we also make the booking process more personal by giving the creative a chance to blog on the website, this enables employers to find out more about the person that they wish to hire. WIF&E links the creator with the employer so that the fee can be negotiated via our members and not through WIF&E. A fee of 10% will be taken from any job that is booked through WIF&E, this is to pay for the time and website upkeep.
Adassah Donaldson - Comic Actress - DJ - Theatre trained.
Hi my name is Adassah. I look at everyday life situations and characters from a comedic point of view. I aspire to marinade my comedy with a moral overview to appeal to a broad age range. Making all laugh from the nursery to the nursing home ☺ Launched in Birmingham I am developing a strong audience platform from the Midlands, London, Jamaica, America and the Dominican Republic. My experiences include: Videos on YouTube channel called ‘Adassah Real Entertainment’ Stand Up Comedy Weekly DJ Presenter slot with Uniquevibez.com radio station Acting appearances with church productions i.e. Joseph and the Technicolour Dream Coat and Christmas Carol Acting Community projects i.e. Bugsy Malone, Mary Poppins, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe I also can be found on Facebook (aka Vinny Vin), and Instagram Combined my comedy with Hosting/PA at weddings and various other functions. My aspirations include: Becoming a leading female comedian in the UK and internationally Move into comedy acting roles Having my own TV talk show on prime time TV It would be great to network and gain opportunities to further advance my comedic, acting and Presentation.
At 13 I was awarded a golden scholarship at the British National Theatre School for singing, dance and acting.
I was in a band at 16 as the only female vocalist performing original material and then went on to become a solo singer doing cabaret and solo gigs in countries including Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Spain. I now do the same thing in London. I have worked in recording studios on many occasions, Capital Radio hired me for their jingles when I was 17 and have sung on various tracks released and on on white label.
As a session singer, I have, on several occasions, recorded original material with top producers responsible for number one albums ie Gabrielle and Angie Brown.
Currently I perform at weddings and corporate events and last year various hotels in Bahrain and Philadelphia and was nominated Best Female Solo act at the South East Entertainment Awards. (Didn’t go ahead due to COVID 19)
I am currently working on my own lyrics & sound engineering so I can make my first music video for promo. I am also setting up my own singing class as I love teaching how to sing especially with children .
I connected with Cookie Greenwood through social media in 2019 & she attended a few of my gigs. We have become good friends.
When she told me she was going into partnership with Carla & create an organisation for women in film & entertainment I was so happy for her as I know how resented she is in photography & passionate about connecting with people in the film & entertainment industry.
I can see that WIF&E will be Beneficial for a lot of people all over the world can come together and network. I’m looking forward in being a part of their journey.
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Sharon Lawrence - Actress
Before going into acting I worked in advertising and public relations, in London, working on big brands, which I really enjoyed but I have been always been passionate about performing and could be found at an early age dancing and performing in the safety of my home. As being quite a shy child I didn’t actually perform in public until my early twenties, when I returned from living and working in Washington DC, America and I decided to join a performing arts school in the evenings. I studied singing, dancing and acting and loved it all and performed at shows for a few years. It was at this time that I decided I really wanted to follow my dream of becoming a professional actor and attended Rose Bruford, an accredited drama school. Upon leaving I managed to secure an agent and went on to be cast in a few award-winning features which helped me to get a small foothold in the industry and sealed my love for acting!
I consider myself very fortunate to have been cast in quite a few award-winning films and was nominated for ‘Best Actress’ for my role in short film ‘Mano-a-Mono’ by the Maverick Movie Awards. One of my very first film roles that I landed, shortly after leaving drama school, was one-take feature ‘Victims’ by David Bryant which was screened at The Raindance Festival. Another favourite project was an EastEnders Christmas and New Year Special where I got to play the Police Officer who arrested Dean Wickes (Matt Di Angelo).
A TV Pilot I worked on ‘The Block’ by DT Productions gave me the opportunity to work with the BAFTA winning Director David Blair. There is still a possibility of this being commissioned at some stage in the future, fingers crossed.
A feature I am excited about, that is in post-production and is due out in 2021, is roller-coaster thriller ‘Innocent Candy’ where I am proud to play ‘Molly’ one of the main cast members. I
love the creativeness of acting and have been lucky to work with a number of Directors who all have their own insight into how they wish to create their vision. Collaboration is the key and to have that trust in each other that you will work together to get the best possible take. As soon as I receive a script I read it through a couple of times and then I make character notes and try and work out the emotions that my character will be going through. I like to try and be off book as soon as possible as this allows you the freedom to then make the character your own. I put a lot of work into characterization as I like to plan my character’s thoughts and emotions and then work out why and when they are experiencing these. I love improvisation work as I feel it can give your character such realism.
There are two people who have been instrumental in my journey so far, Robert Bastian, one of my first drama teachers, who is sadly no longer with us, but who was a huge influence on me going on to train professionally and Tony James, my Tutor at Rose Bruford, who I learnt so much from and continues to be an inspiration and mentor. I am also exceptionally lucky that I get to go back to Rose Bruford, on a regular basis, as a practitioner, running lectures to the Students. Although these have been put on hold at the moment, due to Covid!
Lockdown has been exceptionally difficult for everyone, but the Arts have been hit particularly hard, I feel. I tried to stay positive during the first Lockdown we had and managed to get a couple of one-to one’s with Casting Directors and performed some monologues, which I put out on social media and received some great feedback. I also did some on-line networking via Zoom and made some great connections, which resulted in securing a few castings in a couple of short films that, fingers crossed, will be shot as soon as we are out the other side of this Pandemic!
When Lockdown eased, back in September, I was lucky enough to shoot a TV Pilot called ‘Sections’ which is a hard-hitting, gritty drama based on the realities of a UK adolescent psychiatric unit.
I started on my 'acting' journey a little later than some but I have been incredibly lucky to have worked on some great projects already. I am happy to continue on this path and look forward to working on many more amazing productions and continuing to learn and grow as a performer. I feel very privileged to be doing something that I love and feel grateful to everyone that has given me an opportunity.