From the Urban Dictionary: 

Tender-Headed: having a sensitive scalp that is easily irritated during hair-styling procedures. Chiefly used among African-Americans, the term has existed for at least a century.

Not only do I have a sensitive scalp, I have a sensitive heart. This used to worry me because I felt that my sensitivity would be my undoing, that I needed a thicker skin and a tougher demeanor in order to have a successful life. While in many ways that is true, I also believe that having a sensitive nature is intrinsic to my creativity and as soon as I embraced that part of myself, ideas and abilities I never knew I had began to blossom within me.

TENDERHEADED FILMS is a culmination of everything that I am passionate about. Film art, fashion, music and beauty. I am always hungry for more knowledge and my quest to create beauty and inspiration everywhere has become my life’s work. I moved to Los Angeles from New York where I worked in casting and television production. After a stint at MTV where I had, in my father’s words ” a sexy job”, I had what could be described as either a breakdown or a breakthrough. I quit my job to pursue my first love, acting. I graduated from Emerson College with a degree in Media Arts. What the means, I have no idea. I hope it means watching lots of films and writing papers on them because that’s what I did. I also did a lot of drinking and a lot of drugs.  I loved college. I auditioned to get into Emerson with the intent of being an acting major, which I was for my first year. Family pressure and self doubt led me to switch my major and my intention when quitting MTV was to right that wrong, somehow. I did a couple plays, my favorite being “for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf” and moved to Los Angeles to continue the effort. I shot a commercial, a show on Comedy Central and a play. I also acted in a few web series and interviewed bands for a music website. I had a blast doing them all before something became glaringly clear. The only person who is going to fulfill my dreams is me. I wrote, directed, and produced a four part web series called LOVE+TRUST. It nearly killed me, but it was the single most important thing I have ever done. I’m currently working on a series that explores the African diaspora, called ALL THE WORLD OVER and my podcast, NIA PLEASE! covers my love of giving advice and rambling on about anything and everything. I’m not sure what’s next for me and in a way, I don’t care. As long as I’m doing what I love, I can’t go wrong.

xx Nia

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