Triple Threat Princess Adenike Proves Just How Multifaceted Women Are
Princess Adenike has added a new meaning to being a “triple threat.” Despite wearing many hats such as writer, actress, and philanthropist, Princess Adenike has found a way to stay organized and said “a checklist definitely keeps me balanced and on top of things.”
Princess Adenike also considers herself lucky to be able to intertwine all of her passions into one path. “With acting, I am constantly reading scripts which help me with my writing,” she said.
Whether you’ve seen her acting on Wutang: An American Saga or Power: Ghost, Princess Adenike confesses that her first audition was actually a mess. “My mom took me to a commercial audition at five years old… I was super nervous and saw an older girl doing the same exact scene right before I was about to go in and it threw me off,” she said.
Although the audition did not go as planned, Princess Adenike believes that was the moment that opened up the door for her. “…I did school plays and productions all throughout elementary, middle school, and high school,” she said.
Taking everything she has learned so far from being an actress, Princess Adenike is now pitching a television series. “I can’t say too much, but what I would say is it’s a one for the culture, full of Nostalgia and it’s the early 2000s,” she said.
As if Princess Adenike isn’t busy enough, she also has a nonprofit campaign; ‘One Girl At A Time.’ This nonprofit came about after she went through a traumatic experience at fourteen years old. “I felt very alone… I was in desperate need of a safe haven, a place where I can just freely express my emotions post-trauma, and there was nothing.” Though she had the support of her mom who would console her, Princess Adenike still felt “there were a lot of things my mom didn’t understand.”
Needless to say, Princess Adenike took measures into her own hands and created the safe space she was once looking for. “Being able to retreat to a group of women who’re being transparent, been in your shoes, and are just plain out being genuine, and showcasing love is important,” she said.
Princess Adenike is the perfect representation of “Be the change you want to see.”
When asked how she maintains a positive attitude through it all she responded, “I pray a lot, I journal to God as often as I can. I love taking walks because when I am walking I get a chance to reflect and talk to God.”
Walking in God’s purpose is important to her, which is why she’s constantly asking for clarity and spiritual guidance. “I want to live out God’s plan for my life, not mine,” she said.
With everything she’s already accomplished, it must be known that Princess Adenike is truly just getting started. “I’m excited because the movie Nanny was just announced that it would be available for worldwide streaming on PrimeVideo,” she said. This is the first time Princess Adenike plays a character that she feels connected to. “I play a small, but important role in the overall arc of the story,” she said.
Princess Adenike also plans on having a full-on production house. “As you know I own Amona Media & Communications which started out as a PR firm… We write, produce, and pitch television scripts, reality television, digital content, films, music videos, and commercials. ” Although the company is in its starting stages, they are destined for great success as they already have a few projects in the works.
Ultimately, Princess Adenike wants to give those without a voice, a voice. And whether she’s doing that through her storytelling or her nonprofit campaign, her goal is to always make an impact.
You’re an actor, writer, producer. How do you balance your passions? Luckily for me, they’re all intertwined into one path/lane. With acting, I am constantly reading scripts which help me with my writing. Overall I start my day with a checklist, the checklist will include writing, checking on status updates of projects I currently have in pre-production and post-production, and then if I have an audition, it will include setting time aside to learn lines and do character work. I think checklists are my saviors. A checklist definitely keeps me balanced and on top of things.
How did you start your acting career? I really started when I was five years old, my mom took me to a commercial audition and that was my first acting experience. I was super nervous and saw an older girl who was about like 14 doing the same exact scene right before I was about to go in, it threw me off. I was so prepared, but then I saw what she did and liked what she did and put so much pressure on myself. That audition ended up being a mess, it’s hilarious when I think about it now. That moment was what opened up the door for me ,I did school plays and productions all throughout elementary, middle school, and high school.
As an actress you’ve starred in Power: Ghost, Wutang: An American Saga, and more.. Tell us about your audition process. Each audition was unique, but similar in its own way, with Power I went in about 2-3 times the years prior before finally booking. I remember going into the STARZ office and seeing so many girls coming in and out for the same role, I just felt like “yup definitely not getting this” The competition seemed intense. I went in and read with Billy Hopkins, he was so nice and fun, I did my read and that was it.
The next two days I found out I booked it, didn’t see that coming at all. It’s basically been a similar process for everything I have booked, came in multiple times in the past with these casting offices and eventually booked. I always say do your best at every audition, because the truth is you’re auditioning for the next project.
What actors would you love to work with? I want to work with Viola Davis, Aunjanue Ellis, Regina Hall, and Patina Miller. These women I have been in so much awe of their work, each woman brings such a powerful presence in every role they tackle.
You are currently pitching a television series.. Tell us all about it! I can’t say too much, but what I would say is it’s a one for the culture, full of Nostalgia and it’s the early 2000s. The series tackles serious issues that have been often overlooked. So far the series has gained support from Sean Famoso of LVRN music label, as you know they recently started delving into television and film, pitching and packaging their own television series, so it was super dope to have their support throughout the process. Fingers are crossed that my team and I find a home for the series, it’s a unique, gritty, heartwarming, compelling world, and I think many people will appreciate it.
What is your ultimate career goal? I really want to have a full-on production house, as you know I own Amona Media & Communications which started out as a PR firm, but once I realized I wanted to be a full-time actor and writer, I pivoted the company into a company that only writes and produces through visual mediums. We write, produce, and pitch television scripts, reality tv, digital content, films, music videos, and commercials. We are still in the beginning stages of this transition, but so far we have a television series that is fully packaged and in the pitching phases, a short film in the festival circuit, about 3-5 screenplays, and an unscripted digital series in development.
Why is storytelling so important to you? I love stories, they really shape who we are as individuals and even as a community. My overall goal is to always strive to make an impact. Visual mediums get important messages across. The unseen becomes seen, the forgotten becomes remembered. My goal is to give those without a voice, a voice. Shine a light on the most difficult topics, sparking important yet uncomfortable conversations.
What made you want to start your nonprofit campaign “One Girl At A Time?” When I was 14 years old, I went through a traumatic experience that left me feeling like I had no support to navigate through the turmoil. My school and the local community had absolutely nothing, I felt very alone and like I had to figure my life out on my own. I was in desperate need of a safe haven, a place where I can just freely express my emotions post-trauma, and there was nothing. My mother will try to console me, but there were a lot of things she didn’t understand. I think being a girl, a young girl, you realize sisterhood is important. Being able to retreat to a group of women who’re being transparent, been in your shoes, and are just plain out being genuine, and showcasing love is important. So I decided to create one.
What can the fans and supporters expect from you in 2022? The movie Nanny was just announced that it would be available for worldwide streaming on Prime Video. So this is exciting, I play a small, but important role in the overall arc of the story. I’m still in the early stages of my career and journey, and this is the first time I am playing a character that I am connected to. My character is actually named after the producer of the film too, it’s super cool.
The entertainment industry can be a roller coaster ride; how do you manage to stay positive? I pray a lot, I journal to God as often as I can. I love taking walks because when I am walking I get a chance to reflect and talk to God. I take long walks every chance I get, and it’s nice. I see it as a time to reflect on all the ups and downs in my life presently, and I just express to God openly how I am feeling about everything, what I want, and what I need. But most importantly checking in with God and asking him if I am walking in my purpose. I want to live out God’s plan for my life, not mine, so I consistently ask him for clarity and spiritual guidance.