Today we’d like to introduce you to Mycah Bacchus.
Mycah, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I do not think where I am today is a coincidence. If I really think back, art was scattered throughout my life like confetti – glitter even. When glitter falls even if you try to clean it up, to get rid of it, you can still see little specks of it glimmering. Even a small trace of it is hard to miss. That was art in my life. When I tried to walk in the complete opposite direction and tried to fit in a box, art was always there; little traces of it, glimmering. Music, dancing, performing, and creating was always a part of my life in every way. I can remember being a child and hearing my mother sing gospel music in the shower. She would sing the songs that my church, Brooklyn Tabernacle would perform with their massive choir on Sunday mornings. I can remember going to parties at my uncle’s house as a child and hearing Caribbean music blaring over the sounds of my family’s laughter. My cousins and I would choreograph dance routines to perform in front of our “audience” at the party. We would get together and find the latest Destiny’s Child or Ashanti song and perform like we were on stage at Madison Square Garden!
At that time, I was enrolled in Mark Morris and later got accepted to Alvin Ailey’s junior division. There I learned tap, modern, ballet, jazz, and African dance. This is when I started to fall in love with a performance! I started playing flute in elementary school and continued playing into high school. I learned about the great composers of classical music and played their compositions in an ensemble band. I remember acting in my first play at my after-school program, Beth Elohim. When all the kids kept disfiguring their script, I had mine tightly tucked in a plastic folder, as to not damage the words on the page with whatever the sticky snack du jour was. After all, I was the lead and had a responsibility to deliver! My list of little artistic glitter specks could go on forever. Being on the step team in high school and performing at the basketball games, making songs with my brother that we still laugh about to this day, drawing clothing that I thought would be in magazines, and creating and selling hand beaded jewelry. All little specks of light that lead my heart to entertainment.
A year and a half ago, I was working in the marketing department at a company that distributes their products to some of the country’s largest retailers. I was the youngest person in the corporate division of the company, and I was helping to create content across their social media platforms. But, with all that I knew that was not for me. I decided to go with what I was called to do. I have been able to perform at The Old Globe and the Lyceum theatres with my friends at Blindspot Collective. I have been able to take photos and create content for brands I have loved and stand on stages with people I look up to. I am truly thankful for my faith and the people around me who have had faith in me and supported. I am so excited for the road ahead and I am so thankful for my beautiful specks of glitter that has stayed with me that lead me to where I am supposed to be.
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?
It has definitely been a road filled with learning. But, thankfully I have had amazing people to make the road less traveled a little less lonely. I think the biggest challenge of working in entertainment is knowing where to start. I know I wanted to do this, but sometimes I did not know how to get from point A to point B. I have learned over time to reach out and ask for knowledge. There will never be a perfect way to get started in something new but learning from the peaks and valleys of others can be a great tool. Another challenge that I have learned to manage is knowing when to say ‘yes’ and when to say ‘no’; knowing when to stay and fight through adversity and knowing when to walk away. For me, being a young woman, I believe knowing myself and what is truly best for me can be a great advantage. I remind myself that I am my biggest advocate. I know what I need and if I do something, whether it be a project or a job, I will be the one to live with the consequences, good or bad. This may be unsettling to some but I have found that it is a great way to build respect for myself and gain respect from others around me.
I call these situations ‘challenges’ and not ‘struggles’ because a challenge is something to overcome. A challenge is something to face head-on and I have learned that there is ALWAYS a way out. There is ALWAYS something to learn. I take my experience and apply to my growth. That seems like a great equation for success to me!
Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I am now an actor, print model, and entertainer. In a year and a half, I have been able to be on television modeling and doing segments with seasoned entertainers like Steve Harvey and Wayne Brady. I have been able to act locally in San Diego around people who have taught me so much! I have been able to do photo shoots with a photographer that are dedicated to their art for brands that create beautiful clothing and great products. I am so excited to see what the future holds!
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
Every year, I take the time to think about and write down my goals and what I look forward to accomplishing. Doing this helps to stay on track with moving forward with my experience and my growth. This year my growth will be quantifiable! My plan is to look back on this article in the next few years and remember the 23-year-old girl who had a dream to be on the big screen. I want to be able to create more content in collaboration with some of the amazing people that I have met and maybe some new people that have new visions of work. I also really want to get into more into film and start building my career in front of the camera. When I accomplish that goal I hope to inspire others to know that they can do anything they want to do. Anything is possible!
Photographer: Melanie Green, Stylist: Mycah Bacchus