Film allows Tarra White’s Creative Side to Flourish

Most of the local folk will no-doubt recognize this smashing beauty from the television drama ‘KuChina’ in which she starred as ‘Trina’...

Most of the local folk will no-doubt recognize this smashing beauty from the television drama ‘KuChina’ in which she starred as ‘Trina’ --- a role that not only won her a lot of admirers but more importantly, provided a launch-pad for Tarra Emily White’s career in the entertainment industry. Today she is, among other things, a singer/songwriter/model and aspiring filmmaker all in one!
 “I feel like it’s a career path that was almost destined for me even though it was something I got into by chance. Over the last couple of years I’ve done projects in television, I have composed music, featured in a renowned Zimbabwean musician’s music video, became a brand ambassador for Tanya Nefretari and built a reasonable following on Facebook as a social media personality”, said Tarra while speaking to us recently.

The multi-talented young woman, who chooses to be referred to as an ‘entertainer’ looks back on landing a role in the local series as the turning point in her career and rightly so.
“My breakthrough came back in October 2017 when I landed my first ever acting role on local television series ‘KuChina; The Genesis’ as one of the main characters ‘Trina’. I had initially gone on the set to sell make-up, which was a small start-up at the time but instead found myself in an audition. The role then landed me a vixen spot on Trevor Dongo's hit single ‘Break Away’ in which I also tried my hand at directing. The video caused a bit of controversy as it was deemed ‘too raunchy’ for local television. From there on, I went on to do some modelling for Tanya with Tehn Diamond ‘(king of Zimbabwean hiphop).
“Later that same year (2017), I collaborated with Liberace alongside Nizzy Raps and Trini Beats on a yet to be released single titled ‘Dead Bodies’ in which I co-wrote and lent my vocals, as well as  on ‘Delusional’, another single by Liberace and myself. I again wrote the song, gravitating more towards music with a message aimed at depression and mental illness”, she said.

Though the local industry is still very much in its infancy, Tarra feels like it is headed in the right direction and that it is only a matter of time. She feels fortunate enough to have crossed paths with fellow creatives who were as driven as her and also for having the right mentors in her circle.
“Most of my projects were both insightful and new to me as I’ve only ever been a spectator in the media field.  I’ve always taken an interest in the technical side of everything, so exposure has been my biggest achievement in terms of the industry. I have been fortunate enough to work with passionative creatives who mentor naturally and have the desire to see their juniors exceed them. The industry is still very ‘relaxed’ and lacks the professionalism that is required to take Zimbabwean entertainment beyond its borders. This is an area that I have explored in other countries in order to fully understand where corrections need to be applied”, said the aspiring filmmaker who dreams of one day owning her own media company.

Even with the strides that have been made over the last 2 decades in as far as Zimbabwean film is concerned, most people feel like it still lacks that ‘it’ factor. Fortunately, there individuals like Tarra who hope to use the knowledge they would have attained abroad to one day come back home and play their part in telling (and selling) our own stories, through film, to a global audience.
“I am hoping to start college soon to study film and television in Cape Town in February. I have chosen to further my studies in a field where my creative side flourishes whilst also establishing myself as both an entertainer and a business woman. Ultimately, I’d love to start my own media company that will compete with or at least be at par with the likes of Warner Brothers and Sony.
“My main focus is utilizing the under-appreciated art of African story-telling and visuals. I plan to focus on genres such as horror, fantasy and science fiction blended into Africa’s rich history, culture and myths. I am working on receiving funding to produce a horror, fantasy and musical for next year”, she said.

Apart from film and her studies, the entertainer is also very much dedicated to her music career and as such, an EP is on the cards and is slated for release during the first quarter of 2019.
“In this moment I am no position to fulfil my acting requirements due to my ever changing schedule. However I am working on a full EP plus videography, with April being my desired release date. I am collaborating with many talented producers namely Liberace Beats, D.J Guitar and Bless Beats. Together we plan on bringing genres such as trance, edm and pop to the Zimbabwean charts. I am also growing my social media presence with my live feeds titled the ‘Comment Section’ where we discuss everyday issues and ideas based on interactions that I receive through the content I share on the same platforms and our engagement on the comment section. What is unique  about this approch is the fact that we discuss only targeted topics brought up by my viewers on each subject to ensure that we have discussions that are relevant to our collective understanding and it allows for more common ground as opposed to conflict”, said Tarra.



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Urban Craft Magazine: Film allows Tarra White’s Creative Side to Flourish
Film allows Tarra White’s Creative Side to Flourish
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