Updated: Jan 7, 2022
Karen D. Neal is an upcoming American actress, expeditiously moving her way into the film industry. Karen entered the industry in 2019 as a background talent, finding herself featured in many major productions. She landed her first principal role in Irreconcilable Differences, the film, as Estelle Monroe.
When did you decide that you wanted to become an actress?
In 2014, I was cast in a stage play, landing a role as the feisty, heroic secretary to a manipulative manager of a famous four-girl R&B group. I spent many hours and a number of years preparing for production. Just eight days away from opening night, production came to a sudden halt. I’d met and befriended the late Maxine Nesbit, a former actress, best known for her role in The Skeleton Key as The Voodoo Lady. Mama Maxie, as I lovingly called her because this is who she became to me, verbally and inspirationally urged me to pursue the acting industry, insisting I possessed a raw talent held by few discovered stars.
I submitted for my first background talent opportunity and was accepted for my first booking. I played the role of a fan, waiting to get an autograph from a professional baseball player. I was completely clueless as to