I had no idea that film would be in my future as a creative person. I was a natural born artist. I loved sounds, music and art. I loved the idea of seeing the three elements coming together to create stage plays. The vocals of the human voice moved me. The sounds of hammers and the tappity tap of feet running back and forth, allowed me to hear a rhythm. The beauty of the backdrop of sets, moved in a timely fashion was magical to me. I wanted to grow up an with amazing musicals. Boy! Did I love musicals.
One day I was walking down the street in Atlanta, an I was shocked that a woman asked me if I wanted to be in a movie. I was surprised and I felt honored, but I was a single mother who was also raising my special needs sister.
In 1988, I was walking down the street in downtown Atlanta with the man that had taken me as a hostage. In spite of how weird it all looked, an agent saw us and asked me if I would like to be in a movie. The movie was being shot in that week. The perpetrator did all of the talking and the agent gave him her business card and told us where the filming would take place. A few days laster, we were extras and he sat right behind the leading actress, making sure he could keep an eye on me.
After that my life changed and as hostage I did my first talk show. Yes my life was full of misery, when I first got into the industry. Today, we’re producing a film based on my life called, “The Prayer”.
-Tahiera Monique Brown