Sickle Cell Warriors - An Interview with Daarina Marie and Nick Reynolds

Episode 4,   Jul 02, 2020, 04:36 AM

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Daarina and Nick share their experience living with sickle cell disease and how it has impacted their health, relationships, career and shifted their outlook on life.  


Daarina Marie produced her first pilot for Endemol in 2007, spurring her move to Los Angeles from her native Chicago. She graduated, with honors, with her B.A. in Television Production and Directing from Columbia College Chicago. Since then, she has worked on and produced for a variety of top-rated television shows including America's Got Talent and The X-Factor, as well projects for OWN, ABC, Facebook Watch, FOX, HBO Max, Netflix and more. She's always enjoyed the art of storytelling. Taking advantage of creative opportunities at an early age, allowed her to land in the Smithsonian at only 10-years-old and have her first play she wrote at 11-years-old, get selected to tour. Currently, she is the creator and director of the award-winning digital series “Chronicles of a Dark Child In Hollywood.” In the series, real people share their truths, through comedy, about their most awkward experiences and what it’s like being a person of color in Hollywood. Her goal with creating it is to help change the narrative for African-Americans and other POCs everywhere by creating a dialogue. Although the series highlights stories told by people in the entertainment industry, POCs anywhere and in any profession can relate. In her free time, she loves thrifting and mentoring teens for the Sickle Cell Disease Foundation of California.

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Nick Reynolds is a sickle cell warrior an actor/bodybuilding taking the world by storm. His motto is: “The scars of your past give you strength for the future.”
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Audra’s Story: 
Audra was burned at a year and a half, had six surgeries between the ages of 2 and 16, and did not look at herself in the mirror until she was 25 years old.
As a person, who has experienced trauma and was left with physical remnants of it, she was then able to do the work necessary to embrace her scars and become empowered by them. Because of her experience, Audra wrote her song “Scars”, created the I’ve Got Scars Baby! Podcast and has been performing and holding personal empowerment workshops across the country.
From Detroit native to Los Angeles artist and producer, Audra has also performed at such venues as the Disney Music Hall (LA), The Kennedy Center (Washington DC), The World Children’s Festival of Theatre (Copenhagen, Denmark), The House of Blues Sunset (LA) and The Comedy Store (LA), Laugh Factory (LA) and The Comedy Union (LA).
As a Producer, Audra has worked for several network TV shows including: America's Got Talent, Steve Harvey's Big Time, and The Tom Joyner Show as well as shows on Netflix, BET, and VH1. Audra has taken her creativity to the stage as the writer and producer of her first play entitled, The Cage at the Stella Adler Theatre in Hollywood to several sold-out shows.