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About My-Ishia

Someone once said that if you follow your dreams they will take you further in life than you can ever imagine.

My-Ishia Cason-Brown has long embraced that outlook, and seen her dreams guide her along a path of up-and-coming stardom as a result. The Detroit native has been especially blessed lately to benefit from the opportunities in the film industry that have flourished throughout Michigan since the state passed the the most generous filmmaking tax incentives in the nation in April 2008.

Most recently, Cason-Brown has been featured in such major motion pictures as Meet Monica Velour, starring Kim Cattrall and directed by Keith Bearden. In this mov ie, she was cast as Jazelle. Cason-Brown also appeared as a Muslim receptionist in a doctor’s office in Gran Torino, the box-office hit starring and directed by Clint Eastwood. As if the opportunity to work alongside Eastwood wasn’t amazing enough, he actually tapped Cason-Brown on her shoulder after being filmed in a scene with her and commented, Good job, young lady!

In addition to her growing body of work on the big screen, Cason-Brown worked as a stand-in on the set of the TNT television movie “Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story.” This afforded her the chance to learn from three-time Emmy Award-winning director Thomas Carter as he directed Cuba Gooding Jr., Kimberly Elise and Aunjanue Ellis.

Cason-Brown is a cast member of “Hand TV”. A show about the Michigan film industry.

Cason-Brown has appeared on stage for the likes of the Detroit Repertory Theatre in “Unspoken Prayers,” in which she was awarded Best Actress for her performance, and in “Cheat” and “Valley Song.” She performed in “Diva Daughters DuPree” for the Plowshares Theater Company, a Detroit rendition that won Kim Euell the Theodore Ward Prize for African American Playwriting. Cason-Brown was in “Mule Bone” and “He is Christmas” for Plowshares as well. She was in “Old Settler” at the Boarshead Theatre in Lansing, Michigan, and in “A Christmas Carol” at the Meadow Brook Theatre in Rochester, Michigan.

Cason-Brown began her formal training in acting at Oakland University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in theatre performance. She went on to study with action-movie favorite Bill Duke at the African American Film Festival Actor’s Boot Camp, with Christopher Bondy at the Dramatic Arts Studio of Michigan, and during a TVI Actor’s Studio intensive workshop when in Los Angeles.

As Cason-Brown continues along a professional journey that appears so promising, she only gets more excited about where the path of following her dreams will take her.

My actor’s demo reel ~

Trailer for Tranquility by Directed Carlo Frierson

Hand TV


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  1. Great job My-Ishia keep up the good work! You are a very good actress and you will only get better,and better with each performance. May God bless you with all of your special talents,as well as putting information out there for other actors & actresses to view in the Michigan film industry. Thank you!
    Sincerely Yours
    Kenny Clark

    | Reply Posted 8 years, 7 months ago
  2. * Val Arnold says:

    My-Ishia, you are such an inspiration to all of us. You are an amazing actress and role model for so many. You go out of your way for everybody to make sure that we all get a piece of the “action” ~.~ with you. Not to mention, you are a great friend and I am thankful for all the guidance that you have given me. Many blessings.

    | Reply Posted 8 years, 7 months ago
  3. * Me thinks you stinks says:

    Why are you talking about yourself in the third person? You sound like an asshole.

    | Reply Posted 8 years, 6 months ago
    • * myishia says:

      My bio is written by Angela G. King, she is an award winning journalist who has worked for the New York Daily News, Detroit News,USA Today and U. S. News and World Report. As well as an amazing actress. You can come out and see her in Detroit Reportory Theatre production of “A Song For Corretta”. She is in the Detroit indi -film Bilal’s Stand which will be showing at Sundance 2010. She’s the writer, director and producer of the awarding winning short Film ” On the Other Side.”

      Most professional actors have their bios written by someone else or write their own in third person, on their websites. I choose to have mine written in third person, so that is your opinion, thanks for visiting my blog, hope to see you at an audition 🙂

      | Reply Posted 8 years, 6 months ago

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