Please introduce yourself. What do you do? Why? What do you want people to know about you?
Hello, my name is Timneisha. I am a storyteller. I use my work to speak for those who often goes unseen. Being a Black woman who is also lesbian places me at the intersection of many social issues. When I use my voice, it is not just for myself, but for others who share similar walks but lack the courage to speak up.
What qualities make you different and unique from everyone else in the industry?
Have you ever heard of another Timneisha Greene-Kim? Most likely you have not, and that factor alone makes me different.
Describe THAT moment when you realized you’re doing what you were born to do.
The moment I realized I was doing what I was born to do is when writing my script for my first short film, Dear God. I met Keena Ferguson who is a writer, director, and actor. Keena read over my final draft to my script and asked had I done any screenwriting before because she was amazed at how wonderful it was. Later, I held a private screening for my short film and many of the guests provided me great feedback and encouraged me to enter into film festivals. Shortly after submitting to film festivals, my short film was selected. I knew then that storytelling was my calling. Outside of my short film, I also self-published a book, Athena’s Quest: A Lesbian’s Quest for Normality, and I received an enormous amount of support and wonderful feedback. These two published works alone have made me feel that I am doing what I was born to do.
What’s been the biggest challenge you’ve had to go through and how did you grow through it?
There are many challenges that writers go through, but for me, lately it has been having to relive some of my past experiences when writing, which can be triggering. All of the things that I write about stems from personal experiences. It’s never really easy to have to take my mind back to a place that wasn’t pleasurable; however, I am committed to being an authentic storyteller.
Who are the TOP 3 people you’d want to meet that could elevate your career or business? Why these specific individuals?
I would love to meet Queen Latifah, Issa Rae, Ava DuVernay… and Lena Waithe! (I know it was requested for a TOP 3, look at me being defiant.) Queen Latifah is such a humble spirit and I have always admired her for that, and of course her talent. Issa Rae has made a name for herself out of Los Angeles, CA, which is where I am from and that in itself is so inspiring (from YouTube to television… what an inspiration). Ava DuVernay just moves me with everything she touches. She is very bold, fearless, and powerful. I am always inspired by how raw she is and how much she appreciates the truth and bringing the truth forward no matter the consequences. Lena Waithe is also an inspiration to me as being the first Black woman to win an Emmy for outstanding writing in a comedy series. It is a reminder that Black woman can achieve anything and that LGBTQ representation matters, and we are breaking down barriers.
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