Tamala is an enchanting actor of television, film and stage. A fresh face and budding talent, Tamala is set to take up the powerful role of Aisha Smallwood in “the hot new digital soap opera coming to Amazon,” Asunder! Audiences are going to fall in love with Aisha Smallwood, who is a beautiful, bright, and energetic Democratic politician running for City Council of District 4 in Manhattan. Production for Asunder comes after wrapping up her role as Marley in the new musical, Fora, that was part of the New York Musical Theater Festival. Regionally, she most recently was seen in Priscilla Queen of the Desert at Fiddlehead Theater as one of the Diva’s (the Broadway World review says …”[Tamala Baldwin] provides the glorious vocals when the drag performers are lip-synching during their act, or sing as back-up with them”), directed by Stacey Stephens, this stellar cast received rave reviews across the board. A talent on the rise and a magnetic performer, Tamala certainly has an undeniably bright future ahead of her and unusual story proving that with hard work you can truly fulfill your destiny.
A gifted and creative child, at 12 years old, she was cast in her first national commercial, later chosen to play Michelle in the hit musical Harlem Kids Symphony that toured in Japan and subsequently cast in different projects. None were ever too small, so long as they allowed her the opportunity to continue to express her passion for the arts. Tamala studied at the Julliard School of Music for the flute where she was awarded a scholarship to their Music Advancement Program and went on to play an array of roles in her personal and professional life, including the role of caregiver to her younger sister, college professor and entrepreneur.
After graduating from Manhattan College, she went on to attend Metropolitan College of New York to earn her MBA in Media Management. Simultaneously, she was working at a major newspaper as a graphic designer and laying the foundation for her first business. The young student and entrepreneur at only 23-years-old proved she could handle lots of responsibility. One thing led to another and upon graduating with her MBA she decided to enter the digital advertising space and moved to southern California. But, no matter what twists and turns life threw at Tamala, she never fully abandoned her dream of pursuing a career as an actress. Even while managing her advertising career, she auditioned and was accepted into the William Esper Acting program, while also being mentored and trained privately by April Yvette Thompson, Marishka Phillips, Jack Waddell and Heidi Marshall, among others. Holding true to her roots, Tamala has starred in regional productions such as, Dreamgirls (Northshore Music Theatre), Little Shop of Horrors (The Gallery Players), Hairspray (Westchester Broadway Theater), and Sunshine Boys (John Engeman Theater) before setting her eyes on the big screen.
When she isn’t on set or at an audition, Tamala loves creating inspirational content for the Becoming Love Project, interviewing visionaries for Soul Kisses TV, meditating and extended happy hours with friends.