KAIRA AKITA
KAIRA AKITA
Actress + Creator.



 




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ACTRESS & CREATOR.

 
 
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Hey, I’m Kaira.

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After more than a decade working in storytelling, style, & design, I’m just getting started.

They say it takes ten years to become an overnight success. Well, guess who’s three years behind? Ha! Seriously, it’s been thirteen years since I made my lead acting debut in competition at Sundance in the small but mighty indie feature comedy Somebodies — a life changing experience that helped kick off a series of professional wins confirming my gift as a performer. Since then, life has thrown me into doing the personal work of becoming my most courageous self not just as an actress, but as a woman and creator. And after thirteen years evolving behind the scenes, I’m grateful and ready as I lean into the next phase of my acting career, write my passion projects, speak life into the next generation of courageous creators, and get all of my life planting seeds for my future global interiors & lifestyle empire. Shout out to all my beyond millennial peeps with some skin in the game who are ready to play. It’s our time. Let the overnight success begin.

xoxo

bio 

A creative force with a daringly distinct flow,

Kaira Akita is a Los Angeles based actress and creator making her own path in storytelling, style, and design. She is most recognized for fan-favorite comedic roles in the #1 box office hits Why Did I Get Married and The Family That Preys, along with her starring role in the 2006 Sundance film turned BET’s first scripted television series Somebodies. Other major acting credits include These Old Bones (Netflix), Star (FOX), Being Mary Jane (BET), Little Britain USA (HBO), Drop Dead Diva (Lifetime), House of Payne (TBS) and Meet the Browns (TBS). A standout actress who brings raw instinct, fearlessness, and nuance to both comedy and drama, Kaira has also been honored with a Roger Ebert Thumbs Up Award and a NAACP Theater Award. 

Beyond performing, Kaira has spent over a decade cultivating her distinct creative presence behind the scenes as a writer, director, producer, creative director, brand strategist, interior designer, and stylist. Her ability to move fluidly through each of these roles made her a trusted favorite for independent creators and established brands alike, including All Def Digital, eHow Style, J. Crew, Walmart, and Awesomeness TV. Most importantly, each of these experiences have brought a daringly distinct point of view to her work as she shifts her focus to creating her own TV and film projects circling themes of identity, ambition, spirituality, Black womanhood, and culture; amplifying the next generation of courageous creators and brands through her creative incubator COURAGEOUS LAB, and growing AKITA HAUS, her interiors and lifestyle company.

Born in Washington DC and raised in Germany, Kaira started her creative journey in Atlanta and now lives & works in Los Angeles with her husband/creative partner, Hadjii.


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Featured Work.

 

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Praise.


“Most people you only want to watch do one thing. Then there's Kaira. You want to watch her where ever her gifts take her. ”

SAM CHRISTENSEN,
SAM CHRISTENSEN STUDIOS

 

"A natural. You're going to be a star. For sure." 

ROGER EBERT

 

“Most actors can’t create an individual character. But Kaira IS one.”

CHASE PARIS,
EMMY AWARD WINNING
CASTING DIRECTOR

 

"I discovered her page on Instagram and thought — very nice. Her posts are carefully curated, a mix of style, thought and a peek into her life. They are ... well, her. Kaira was immediately a friend in my head. Read a blog post or her reply to your social media comments and you'll feel like you've known her all along."

KATRICE L. MINES
EDITOR & BLOGGER

"When Kaira says she has talent we should meet, I’m instantly interested. Her instincts for both talent and concepts that fit their abilities are spot on. Beyond that, she understands the market and the importance of “flexible concepts” that can bend to fit different distribution channels yet stay within the expertise and abilities of the talent she’s developing.

When it comes to developing sizzles and concept materials, Kaira is imaginative and savvy. The work we’ve done with her is some of our best and we always look forward to an opportunity to work with her again."

SUZAN SATTERFIELD
PICTURE WINDOW PRODUCTIONS

 

"Kaira has worked with me on sharing my “true and authentic” self, which directly resulted in my sparkle on Project Runway S9 and Project Runway All Stars S6. Kaira has a way with people that makes them comfortable and brings out the best in them."

KIMBERLY GOLDSON,
FASHION DESIGNER / TV PERSONALITY

 

"Kaira has a great knack for identifying the weak areas of a story. Her input never fails to take my work to another level."

HADJII,
WRITER/SUNDANCE FILMMAKER

 

“To know Kaira is to be completely charmed by her. Not only is she a savvy business woman, Kaira has the vision of a creative and the drive a go-getter. A truly chic and rebellious woman determined to create a space for herself.”

ELAYNE FLUKER
SUPPORT IS SEXY PODCAST

 

“Kaira captivates a room the moment she sets foot in it. Among the many things I adore is her willingness to be vulnerable as a storyteller, her desire to serve her community, and her love for art & humanity. Kaira is a gift to this world.”

CHRISTINA DUNBAR,
SHE TAKES THE STAGE

 

"I saw Kaira on TV and I said, she's a star. I'm going to work with her one day."

NIECY NASH
EMMY NOMINATED ACTRESS

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Noteworthy.


as seen in/on

Atlanta Tribune
Black Girls Killing It
CurlBox
E!
Essence
In Her Shoes
It’s Arkeedah
Madame Noire
Rolling Out
Squarespace
Tom Joyner Morning Show

INTERVIEWS

The Actors Lounge Podcast
Support is Sexy Podcast

SPEAKING + events

Becoming Me with Andrea Pippins
Harvard Business School
She is Made
Steed Media’s Female Success Factor
Today’s Black Woman Conference
Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network
Women in Film & Television Atlanta

CLIENTS + collabs

African Pride
All Def Digital
Awesomeness TV
Demand Media
eHow Style
J. Crew
Strength of Nature
Walmart

AWARDS

Roger Ebert Thumbs Up Award, EbertFest
NAACP Theater Award, Best Supporting Female

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Portraits.


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Special Thanks

THE ORIGINAL CREATOR. God, thank you for choosing me. Trying each day to get closer and closer to my real name, the name you imagined for me. Be patient with ya girl.

MY PARENTS, WILLIE & DONNA. Don’t let all my personal development and therapy jibber jabber fool you — y’all done good. Thank you for giving me life, freedom to be my creative self, and for showing me the world outside of the United States. Thank you for loving me with your best. Love you truly deeply and hope I’m making you proud.

MY HUSBAND HADJII. You already know. They ain’t ready. You da best, Mr. Hand. Can’t imagine doing love and this creative life with anyone else. Stiiillllll together. xoxo

MY SISTER, KIA. I mean, you give new meaning to the words listener, cheerleader, and I’ll beat your ass if you f*ck with my sister. I love you and you inspire me so much. We got this!

ROGER EBERT. For telling me I was a star and that I’d win an Oscar one day. Over a decade later I know you didn’t say that just to be nice. It has been the memory of all memories. Thank you for always being so kind and generous and truth telling to artists. You were the best.

MY MENTORS. Deepest gratitude for the lessons and the light. Thank you — Sam Christensen, Christina Dunbar.

MY LOS ANGELES FAMILY. One Church LA, She Takes the Stage, Sam Christensen Studios, Be More Media, Krater Studios

MY OG GEORGIA FAMILY. Where it all started before I thought I was grown enough to move to LA. Y’all are the real MVPs. Appreciate you. — Houghton Talent, Sketchworks, People Store, Reuben Cannon, Tyler Perry Studios, Alliance Theater, Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, Peachtree Battle, University of Georgia, Black Theatrical Ensemble, Kathryn Claypool, Antjuan Tobias, Nate Kohn, Sam Goldman, my Brunswick family, my Somebodies family.

BLACK WOMEN. So many pieces to my creative puzzle, and each one of you helped grow me and show me “me” in your own distinct way. Magic doesn’t begin to explain what we/you are. Thank you — Felicia Joy, Jayda Atkinson, Bessie Akuba, Khadijah Correa, Fabienne Lauture Gordon, Nikia Scott, Kimberly Goldson, Shelly Powell, Toni Acey, Cheryl Jones, Diahnna Nicole Baxter, Elayne Fluker, Dayka Robinson, Andrea Pippins, Sherane Lee, Tierra Destiny Reid, Tashbina Wahid, Regina Trawick, Evelyn Lambert, Maria Howell, Karan Kendrick, Tiffany Snow, Kim Williams, Tammi Mac, Kinnik Sky, Katrice L. Mines, Tasia Grant, Robin Henry, Karen Ceesay, Roman James, Najah Aziz, Char Glover, Joy Hooper, Tiffini Gatlin, Johanna Middleton, Kelli Parker, Tomiko Fraser Hines, Uniquely Niyia, Brooke Brimm, Jennifer Ogunsola, Madison Merritt, Candace Nicholas-Lippman, Niecy Nash, and many, many more that I stalk online.

THE FAMOUS BLUEPRINTS. How you do what you do speaks to my soul. It inspires me and I’m manifesting that I’m going to have the chance to work with each of you one day. Mindy Kaling, Regina King, Ava DuVernay, Tracee Ellis Ross, Rihanna, Issa Rae, Ryan Coogler, Terry Crews, Jay-Z, Lebron James, Charles King, Tobe Nwinge, Kiese Laymon, The Obamas.

PATTI LABELLE. Somebody loves you baby. You know who it is.

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Connect.


ACTOR BOOKINGS 


Houghton Talent
Mystie Buice
404.603.9454
mystie@houghtontalent.com

VOICEOVER BOOKINGS


Umberger Agency
Jeffrey Umberger
404.372.1680
jeffrey@umbergeragency.com


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