ACTRESS & CREATOR.
ACTRESS & CREATOR.
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.
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.
“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 STUDIOS
"A natural. You're going to be a star. For sure."
“Most actors can’t create an individual character. But Kaira IS one.”
EMMY AWARD WINNING
"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."
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."
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."
“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.”
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.”
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."
EMMY NOMINATED ACTRESS
Black Girls Killing It
In Her Shoes
Tom Joyner Morning Show
All Def Digital
Strength of Nature
Roger Ebert Thumbs Up Award, EbertFest
NAACP Theater Award, Best Supporting Female