In this Quick Selfie, Teneisha Collins tells us about some of her faves! Be sure to check out Imago Theatre’s Her Side of the Story: Revision to Resist, the festival that takes four iconic stories and revises or retells them to center women’s perspectives. Click here for more information.
What was your favourite activity as a child?
One of my favourite activities as a child was playing dress-up. My mother, while still stylish now, was my style icon back in those days – she always had the most amazing clothes, and her shoes – Oh. My. God! She had the most outstanding shoes! I would wear her shoes and clothes (usually one of her silk nightgowns) and feel like a princess. Once dressed up, I would do what I thought was the only natural thing to do – put on a play, usually with the help of my little sister, who was often the unwilling participant.
What book could you read repeatedly?
There are many, but The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom has particularly stuck with me. It tells the story of an amusement park worker who dies while heroically trying to save a little girl from being killed by a ride. In heaven, he meets five pivotal people from his life. I won’t spoil it for you, but it’s a beautiful parable that reminds us that whether someone is a close family member or a complete stranger, they have the ability to change to course of our lives forever – even through just a brief encounter.
What inspires you?
Honestly, I draw inspiration and motivation from many people and factors around me, so it’s hard to choose just one. There’s something incredibly inspiring about someone’s persistence and unrelenting perseverance in the face of adversity. I love a good underdog story, and seeing people achieve their goals and come out on top despite the many hurdles in front of them truly uplifts me and pushes me to work harder, as well. Watching someone overcome obstacles to achieve success – whether it be personal or professional success, big or small – can be a powerful a reminder of our own inner strength, our resolve, and that we can be unstoppable forces. I’m also inspired by people supporting others in their pursuits, selfless acts of kindness, and more.
Favourite way to spend a rainy day?
It’s rare that I get to take advantage of a rainy day and enjoy being lazy. I’m very much a Type-A and always working on a different project – whether for my personal or professional development. I’m always on the go! That being said, my ideal rainy day would involve sleeping in, staying in my pyjamas all day, and cuddling under a warm blanket while binge-watching Netflix or having a movie marathon. I refuse to cook on days like this, so a rainy day definitely involves ordering in lots of comfort food – preferably rounded out with a nice glass of wine or some scotch to keep warm.
Favourite way to communicate?
Anyone who’s ever met me can answer this question. I love to talk and I can talk a lot! A face to face conversation, to me, is akin to a dance (or a battle depending on the nature of the conversation.) I think there’s a tremendous amount of beauty and art in how each individual speaks – our choice of words and the gesticulations accompanying our speech are often very telling of our personalities.
This piece was written and submitted by Teneisha Collins.