17.7 Marisha Wallace, Musical Theatre Performer

Do you believe in yourself? Viv Groskop talks to the musical theatre performer, Marisha Wallace, best-known for roles in Something Rotten, Dreamgirls, Waitress and Hairspray. Marisha tells Viv that she was drawn to London six years ago for work and has never left, enjoying the freedom it’s given her to try different roles. She explains to Viv why she resists the ‘strong Black woman’ stereotype and that it’s ok not to be a superhero. Marisha nurtures her confidence by drawing on her spirituality, while leaving the more constraining aspects of the religion she was brought up with behind. Viv and Marisha reflect that bravery is feeling your insecurity and fear of judgment and putting yourself out there anyway.

Find out more about Marisha Wallace on her website.

A new updated edition of Viv's book, How to Own the Room is out now.

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