Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, meet actress, writer and producer Tanda Mercer! Behind this fresh face is indeed “a force to be reckoned with”. Trained in Modern and Jazz dance technique, Tanda began her career in entertainment on stage in performing arts as a dancer. She has performed with the Alpha Omega Dance Ensemble and Ailey II among others as an adolescent until her college years.
Tanda has earned two Bachelor degrees (one in English/English Literature, the other in Political Science). In addition, she holds a Master’s degree from The New School. This sassy, smart and sophisticated young lady is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. After working in Corporate America and moving up the Corporate chain, with positions including an internship early on with Motown/Universal Records, followed by job positions with The City Of New York, many Fortune 500 companies, as well as the federal government, she discovered her knack for deciphering law and public policy, she focused on becoming an Entertainment/Labor attorney. However, Tanda’s love for the screen prompted her to leave law school and focus on her Creative America career.
Having had been successful as a print and product model and as a writer, Tanda’s acting career began with small roles and background work on many films including The Interpreter and Hitch. She has participated in the ABC Showcase and the HBO Urbanworld Film Festival. Her additional accomplishments include leading roles in several short films that were official selections for the Kodak Mid-Atlantic Black Film Festival, the HBO Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival and selections shown during Sundance Film Festival. Tanda has trained with some of the most gifted acting coaches in the business including: Rosalyn Coleman Williams, Deena Levy, Tasha Smith, Larry Singer, Tracey Moore, Marishka Philips, Heidi Marshall and advanced level training with The Ivana Chubbuck Studios, where she is an Alumna.
Family is paramount to Tanda. She credits both of her grandmothers for being an inspiration to help her progress through life. “They taught me how to be a lady with class, carry myself with respect and to put God first in all things”. Tanda believes that faith in God and patience are key in life. In her spare time she enjoys writing, shopping and cooking delicacies native to her Caribbean/Latin and African American heritage.