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Iru Magazine - Stormi Maya

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Stormi Maya, a Bronx native, is one of the most talked about actresses to ever grace the silver screen in horror or sci-fi films. Although the image she typically portrays is one of an alluring vixen, beneath the surface of her exquisite looks lays so much more. I had the pleasure of meeting with her and learning what depth and wisdom she has acquired in her mere 21 years.

Stormi Maya’s story was not one of ease and entitlement. Far from that, as a child she was abused and abandoned, ultimately winding up in foster care. Looking back on these memories she recalls what a difficult time it was for her, and the enduring sense of loneliness she felt that became all too familiar. Stormi Maya, however, used misfortune to her advantage, and because of it she grew to become stronger, more resourceful, and very skilled at deciphering the motives of those around her. These days Stormi Maya is an actress with a bright future, she has left her arduous past behind her, and hopes to inspire others who have gone through similar situations. She has found acting to be her escape from the harsh realities of the world, which is always involved in one form of chaos or another. Stormi Maya began acting in theatre during her teen years in school productions, and from this her budding love and appreciation for theatre blossomed. Still a native of the stage, the most recent play she appeared in has featured on Broadway World, 12 Angry Women, in which she played Juror #7. Maya had the following to say in regards to theatre,

    “I feel like theatre is for people who really love acting for the art of it; not for people who just want to be famous.”

 I second that notion, and I must say that Stormi Maya has already reached a level of fame many only hope to achieve. She has appeared in countless publications as a model, including Playboy. However she no longer classifies herself as a model or playmate.

“Yes I still take pictures to keep my followers up. But I never considered myself a model, that’s not who I am. I’m an actress, and I take my job seriously.”

Stormi Maya not only an actress, she also produces and has begun writing her own films. Her mentor, Rene Perez, has guided her throughout this process, and they have struck a convenient deal together; she finds investors for films and they work in conjunction to produce them. With Rene, Stormi Maya has made several films: It Hungers and Playing With Dolls. Both feature her in diverse roles, which display her range as an actress. In It Hungers, which she also produced, Stormi Maya plays a runaway criminal who hides in a mansion with a cannibalistic monster. In Playing With Dolls Stormi Maya takes on a smaller role, where she plays Annabelle, a girl trapped in a cave who plays a fake game show and escapes her villain-master within the first ten minutes.

Maya is drawn to sci-fi and horror films for several reasons. The first being that horror and sci-fi are as far from our modern-day reality as you can get. The world we live in is full of starvation, murder, homelessness, etc, and these films give a brief escape from humanity’s bleak existence on this planet. Additionally, Stormi Maya values the horror and sci-fi industries because they have remained largely untapped by people of color. When I asked Stormi Maya if she felt competition from other women of color for the limited amount of acting roles provided for them, she responded with this in-depth explanation: “People of color , especially from the hood and inner cities, want to create a ton of hood films that focus on the struggles of the ghettos and being of color. That’s great to make art off what you love, but start thinking business as well; What sells? Not just what you and your friends want to see. When producing a film, distribution and selling is the last thing on people’s minds but it’s the most important, if your film isn’t marketable or sellable, you'll forever be a starving artist that cannot afford to improve your craft. People of color need to explore other genres that actually sell, not just in the hood but around the world. In Japan, Africa, Australia, Guam and Mexico, no one is going to relate to your Brooklyn hood life drama. The references and comedy do not transfer overseas. Genres like Sci Fi, Horror, and Action always do well because regardless of culture and language, we all understand fear, violence and fantasy. [These genres] belong to no specific group on earth. Comedy And drama are hard to sell because culture to culture , country to country, life experiences and humor differ. People need to start thinking like businessmen and not [just] artists. People of color also need to create their own films, produce, and do genres that sell instead of complaining. I understand there's less opportunity, but do something about it. My directors Rene Perez and Princeton Holt are of color, one is Mexican one is Black. And they make sci-fi and horror movies. That’s why they are successful.” Stormi Maya certainly makes a great point. It seems pointless to squabble over limited resources, when a plethora of opportunities exist elsewhere. The year of 2018 is sure to be a successful one for the talented young actress, with the release of Prince Harming and The Price of Silence, and the biggest film of her career thus far, 2050. In 2050 Stormi Maya plays a supporting role, Quin, an artificially intelligent man-made companion. The film. 2050, stars Dean Cain and has theatrical release rights with Aneerke a film distribution company at the American Film Market. Through every struggle she has overcome, Stormi Maya has only grown more formidable, she is clearly ready to take the world by storm once again

//Aisha Marie Sho @Shaka_Sho