ACTRESS/SINGER/MODEL AMINAH COLE


 "Performing is in her blood"! Aminah Cole's father was a professional saxophonist and jazz band leader and her mother was one of the first African American Professional Plus Size Models. She started singing at the age of 2, dancing at the age of 3 and acting in Off-Broadway musicals by the age of 14. Aminah attended the Talent Unlimited High School for Performing Arts in New York City and continued to study Theater Arts in College. Aminah has been cast in several Comedy Stage Plays, Musical Theater and Gospel Plays. She made her film debut co-starring in the award winning Tony Clomax's 12-Steps to Recovery Webseries where she was also an associate producer on two episodes. She is also a playwright, director and songwriter.
 
Her love for beauty and fashion, being a Plus Size Activist and representative of the Plus Size Community, along with her 6 foot tall stature, Aminah always wanted to pursue a career in Plus Modeling. She attended classes at the Plus Academy in New York under the direction of her Plus Model Mentor Gwen DeVoe, CEO and Founder of Full Figured Fashion Week and DeVoe Signature Entertainment.  From there she began her Plus Modeling Career ripping the runway with such groups as Katwalk Katerers, Unique Blend Models and One Chance Entertainment in the Evolution of Curves Tour 2010 in New York City. In November 2011 Aminah was not only a model but a host of the Evolution of Curves Tour 2011 Sponsored by Rapper Nelly's Clothing Line Apple Bottom. 

Aminah, also an entrepreneur and believing that she can make a difference in the way the industry looks at plus size entertainers and models, started her new company called Not Your Average Talents, the Premiere Plus Size Entertainment Company. The mission is to uplift, inspire, motivate, train and develop aspiring plus size entertainers and models giving plus size actors, singers, dancers, models, comedians, musicians, etc.  An avenue to showcase themselves and their talents, find castings specific to their unique image, in addition serving as a one stop source for Casting Directors, Filmmakers, Model Scouts, Record Producers, Production Houses, and Production Studios to use our service to easily find the best in talented plus size entertainers and models.  Not Your Average Talents has a mission to break down the barriers of discrimination in the Entertainment Industry against Plus Size Entertainers and Plus Models. NYAT goal is to provide a stronger presence and higher visibility to Plus Size Entertainers and Models on TV, Movies, Stage, as Major Recording Artist, on Runways and in Commercial Print. She is a firm believer that people should be judged by the size of their talent and not the size of their body and is determined to change that stigma in entertainment and fashion.  She is currently working as the East Coast Project Leader and Vice President of Casting for a worldwide documentary on Plus Size Women in the Fashion and Entertainment Industry. 

Not Your Average Talents also has subsidiaries:
1.    Not Your Average Virtual Assistant, a company Aminah created to give other entrepreneurs a way to make an income providing professional administrative, technical, or creative (social) assistance to clients remotely from a home office.
2.    Not Your Average QR Code, where she helps entertainers and business owners by adding value to their business with a QR Code. 

You can learn more about Not Your Average Talents, join the Plus Size Entertainers Movement and the subsidiaries by viewing their website at www.notyouraveragetalents.com and signing up on the Plus Size Talents Forum.
Aminah has been a guest on several TV talk shows including Dr. Oz, Bill Cunningham and The Revolution. She has been cast in several Off- Broadway Plays such as %u201CPoor Girl, Rich Girl%u201D where she played a lead role as Stephanie, %u201CSecret Confessions%u201D where she played a dual role as the very wild and zany characters Wanda and Laura. Aminah loves the Lord and was so excited to star in Gospel Plays such as %u201CThe Letters in His Closet%u201D and Here My Cries%u201D in addition to several Musical Theater productions. Ms. Cole also wowed critics as the %u201CLady in Red%u201D in Ntozake Shange%u2019s %u201CFor Colored Girl Who Have Considered Suicide When  the Rainbow is Enuf%u2019. She made her film debut co-starring in the award winning Tony Clomax's 12-Steps to Recovery Webseries where she was also an associate producer on the two episodes she co-starred in.
Aminah was honored by the members of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. as the recipient of the Arts and Entertainment Award. She was also a nominee for two years in a row in the Acting and Performing Arts Category for the Black Celebration Awards.  In 2013 she won the Award.

With a strong faith in God, Aminah feels that there is nothing she can't accomplish and is well on her way to making herself and Not Your Average Talents a household name in Entertainment and Media!


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