Las Vegas Actress Tonya Todd Chats Upcoming Gigs


Ben Russell

Ben Russell

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Tonya Todd is an author, actress, and host of The 52 Love Podcast. Born in Pennsylvania, she plunged into Las Vegas, the Entertainment Capital of the World, young enough to immerse herself in bright lights, big city, and bigger dreams.

Committed to her passions, she spends her time writing and revising novels, filming her podcast, reading, baking, running, and of course... acting.

Tell us about your casting credits. What projects have you worked on?
My work includes 30/30, The Girl in Apartment 2, and a small role in the Bollywood pic Lie. Last year I starred as Cleopatra in Bard at the Bar's Shakespearean mash-up Caesar & Cleopatra. If you follow my IMDb page (imdb.me/TonyaTodd), you’ll see details on the upcoming Dark Angels: The Demon Pit, To Kill a Cop, The Year of Laughing Dangerously, and New Normal, a short film I co-wrote and filmed during lockdown.

What are you working on right now? Anything cool?
None of the acting projects are things I can announce yet. Keep an eye on my IMDb page for those updates.

Outside of acting, I’m working on two screenplays and a novel. As Education Coordinator for Henderson Writers group, I’m preparing for this year’s Las Vegas Writer’s Conference, a virtual event for authors, poets, and screenwriters. And my main focus is hosting my new show, The 52 Love Podcast. Last year, I wrote a blog series called 52 Love: 52 Love Lessons in 52 Weeks. While working with my literary agent to transition it into a book, I’m expanding the platform by taking the series to the airwaves. Available in video and audio formats, the show explores each tip with a new guest from the entertainment industry each week.

What’s your favorite TV show of 2021?
So far WandaVision, but I’m willing to bet Loki claims the top spot on my list this summer.

If you could work/be on any show, what show would that be?
If we’re reaching for the heavens here, I’d star as the lead in Dark Beacon, a dramatic series based on my WIP. I’ve written it in book form, feature length film, and I’m working on the TV pilot, which makes more sense than a movie. But I didn’t know that until I wrote it.

What advice do you have for others looking to break into the industry?

  1. Respect your art enough to study your craft. Lots of people say they want to do things like write, act, or direct, but they aren’t willing to put in the work to learn how to do it well. Success takes time and attention.

  2. Meet people with similar goals to you. You will be each other’s cheerleaders and champions when you need them.

  3. Support other artists, even if you think you have nothing to gain from it directly. Good will accumulates.

  4. Most of all, remember that journey will hurt, and you will be rejected. But the time you spending honing your skills, building momentum, and developing your network will make all the difference to your achievements.

What’s one insider tip to success you’d give for others in 2021?
Be mindful of other people’s time. Minutes are precious.

Where can we find you online?
The Love 52 Podcast