Anita Nicole Brown was faced with many dilemmas beginning in 1998! Since birth she was always a character! Although acting was not her first passion, in time it began to change.
On November 12th, 1998 Anita was diagnosed a Type One Diabetic and shortly after that she lost the ability to walk due to Diabetic nerve damage in her legs and feet! Her doctors said she may or may not ever walk again. So imagine the surprise when she not only walked again; but enrolled and graduated with her BA (concentration in fashion design) from Columbia College Chicago in May 2004.
Upon graduating, she gained her first full-time job in REAL ESTATE! And she spent from 2004 – 2009 in corporate America. However, during this time her love for film began to grow. In 2008 she made the decision to research what it would take in order to make it in the world of entertainment (acting). And in 2009, she stepped down from her position and made the choice to pursue acting full time (well, at least while working a part-time job).
Anita has been going full force since she began acting in July 2009. She was excited to land her first background (BG) role in Happily After and after that, things continued to move forward! She later landed core BG roles on The Chicago Code and Boss. However, during this time of BG work, she pushed harder and harder to get her chance at a speaking role!
Not too long after Anita took the steps into the world of acting, she first leading role was in the indie feature film Epitaph: Bread and Salt as Atraria Atieno/Nightevil which was written and directed by Nathyn Masters. Although not the BREAKOUT role many people would speak about; Anita believe this role began a change! From that point on, she began to land more and more leading and supporting roles! With so many new roles, Anita sought out an acting coach and she found one she loved! Molli Benson (based in Hollywood California)! Working with Molli Benson helped Anita fully commit to each character she was cast as! And there were many! She flew to Miami to play Donna in episode 2 of the web-series Black Women Don’t Deserve to be Loved by Danie A & Stephen Spikes; she hopped a bus to Indiana to play Katie in the indie feature Midget Zombie Takeover directed by Glenn Berggoetz; and she drove to Ohio to play Jessica in the short film A Gracious Tip directed by Stephon J. Davis as well as a quick train ride to Joliet IL to play Brandie in the indie feature The Path Not Taken directed by Preston Heights!
Her drive and passion for acting made her determined to make it! Sacrifice after sacrifice has not stopped her! In July of 2013 she took the chance and left to LA to compete in the 17th Annual World Championships of Performing Arts where she competed with people all over the world in the category of acting! Not only did she walk away with so many new friends all over the world (India, France, Norway, Belgium, Haiti and the United Kingdom) but she also place 2nd in acting in the categories of Contemporary and Dramatic acting! Earning her 2 silver medals!
Although moving at this pace was not easy and became especially hard when she lost her two biggest supporters in less than two years of each other. Anita loss her mother (Wanda Nicholson Brown) January 9th, 2011 and she lost her twin brother (Nicholas Andrew Brown) July 1st, 2012. Both deaths almost crushed Anita’s spirit! But it was the spirit of both her mother and brother that pushed her to continue! And that she has!
In 2014, is what Anita considers to be her year! She has already been privileged to the release of her first action film Crisis Function directed by Nathyn Masters, cast in a new web series The Industry directed by Nisey Rashad and another comedy What In The Sam Hill directed by Willy Adkins! AND she was also selected as a Breaking Fate Girl which Anita considers a huge honor because of Breaking Fate Entertainment’s mission to promote the independent arts!
Although coming into the industry much later than most, Anita has found her place. She has found somewhere she belongs and where she is whole. It is because of this feeling that she has continued and refuses to stop pursuing her dream!