Destynee Reigns is an actress and singer-songwriter who is determined to leave her mark on the world in the form of art. She debuted her first album back in 2020 titled “LOVE & ART” with some recent singles to follow presently in 2022. Her music is available to stream on all platforms.
Destynee however is a Jack of all genres and master of none. While her pop/RnB career is a budding flower, she is dipping her toes back into her rock roots and will be starting a new project called “NO BLUSH” where she will show her punk chops. Not much can be revealed as this is her “secret punk-baby project” she exclaims.
As mentioned Reigns also wears the hat of an actress and is making her mark in black cinema. Her breakout role in Tyrone (Tiz) Jackson’s INFIDELITY (2020) opened the door to her working with writer and director Coley Meals as an actress and casting director for Lady Film Gang productions. She has done musical scoring and voiceover for the up-and-coming company’s short film “CHUNK” coming out in July. She will also be starring in the upcoming feature film “Rabbits first kiss” an LGBTQA+ black drama.
Destynee says she’s absolutely thrilled to be part of the next wave of films for distributor Maverick Movies, which is quickly becoming the next black cinema hub.
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INTERVIEW with Destynee
Please tell us about your LOVE & ART album, what inspired you to create it and what it means to you?
Destynee: Love & Art represents a time in my life when I had to crawl out of a dark place on my own. I moved to Los Angeles determined to be a better person than I was back home. There have been many learning moments, and mistakes have been made, but they don’t define me. I created that album with Dr. Jones with the purpose to show pain turned into growth.
As an actress, and singer-songwriter, what keeps you motivated to pursue your career?
Destynee: If I hadn’t found my tribe of fellow women artists of color, I think I honestly would have given up by now. At a certain point I was questioned by my family what I was doing and where was the proof? White people run Hollywood, there is no way around it. As a half-black woman, I am stuck in a certain niche. That niche is super sought and over-saturated — and to be quite blunt, I was over white people deciding if I was palatable enough for their definition of what it means to be a black person in America. Now I have a packed schedule as a casting director, personal assistant to director Coley Meals, and acting in films we as Lady film Gang create.
So in a long-winded response, I wanna prove em wrong.
What have been some of the most memorable moments in your career so far?
Destynee: I did a show at Funk n Waffles this past March and it was the first time I got to perform to people who actually knew the words to my songs. That is an insane feeling. I put my heart and soul into that performance and I was wiped out after. My energy was left there on the stage and it made me hungry to do it again.
What are you most excited about regarding your career future and what steps are you taking to get there?
Destynee: The process. The future gives me terrible anxiety so I prefer to live in the moment and enjoy the ride. I definitely like switching things up genre wise and surprising folks.. so stay tuned. I don’t even know what I’ll do.
What is a super fun fact about yourself that many may not be aware of?
Destynee: I really want to break into voice acting purely because I want to say I was an anime character for real — yeah I am that person.
What advice would you have for anyone who wants to follow your career path?
Destynee: Don’t let anyone put you in a box. If you like something, try it. You never know what you’re capable of until you try everything you love. I struggled with what kind of artist I wanted to be for so long. I didn’t realize I could do it all.
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