Today we’d like to introduce you to Carole Kaboya.
Carole, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I began my acting and writing career at the University of Georgia, where I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre. After doing improv with Dad’s Garage, I concentrated on film and TV and produced 3 seasons of the web series Bethany, along with two short films. In addition to writing and acting, I currently work in casting for several TV shows and films shot in the Southeast. My most recent casting credits include Dynasty (CW), Cobra Kai (YouTube Red) and Come Sunday (Netflix). I am also a local photographer with a full-service photography business.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
One of the biggest struggles I faced was finding a place where I belonged as an African-American actress that doesn’t quite “fit” the characters written for women of color. In addition to being Black, I was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, so a lot of my childhood was also trying to understand American culture. I think this has shaped me to become the person I am today, but, like a lot of people like me, this isn’t always reflected in the stories told in TV and film. This is why I started writing and producing my own content. I decided not to wait for that perfect character to come my way and started telling the stories I wanted to see myself in.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into The Carole Kaboya Company story. Tell us more about the business.
The Carole Kaboya Company is a full-service entertainment & consultant company. We provide everything from coaching to providing press kits for those just starting out. We were able to combine my skills as an actress & producer, experience in casting, and eye for photography to create a one-stop shop for those looking to learn more and grow in the Atlanta market. The company is also expanding to produce more content to showcase some of Atlanta’s most talented in the entertainment industry.
What are your plans for the future? What are you looking forward to or planning for – any big changes?
I would love to see the company grow into a production company dedicated to telling stories you don’t often see. I believe that starts with first nurturing and supporting our home-grown talent in this city. There are so many diverse voices here and I want to provide a platform where they can be heard.
- Website: cmkphotos.com