"Once I dream it, I make it reality."
Tonya Canady does it all—theatre, film, tv, voice over, opera, dance and more! As you'll see, she's quite the talented artist and productive creator.
We were delighted to collaborate on a new website and thrilled with the results.
Beyond your résumé, what are some things we may not know about Tonya Canady?
I LOVE TO DANCE!!! Hip hop and freestyle are probably my favorite styles (even though I was trained in tap, jazz and ballet for 13.5 years). I don’t even think about it. Every beat, note, cadence and rhythm guide my movement from the tip of my toes to the top of my head. I am also extremely passionate about taking care of my loved ones, senior citizens and children. My quadriplegic mom who couldn’t speak taught me unconditional love when she was on earth and my paraplegic brother teaches me how to live life with PURE JOY in my heart every day.
What project(s) are you most excited about right now?
I am most excited about the six film projects I am producing now! I love to create my own work. Having a vision and making it manifest is the ultimate satisfaction. Learning how everything works to make the magic of film and TV happen is liberating. I’m not just an actor. I’m a producer, screenwriter, entrepreneur, business and visionary. Once I dream it, I make it reality.
What’s the best thing that’s happened to you from your website or social media?
I’ve built relationships with casting directors, producers, showrunners, writers and fellow actors on the non-threatening platforms of social media. I also booked an amazing off-Broadway show from my website and ongoing voiceover work from Busch Gardens! It’s only the beginning.
What's your advice to aspiring actors?
Surround yourself with positive people who have knowledge of things that you don’t. Never stop learning. In order to become more powerful and in control of your craft, you have to step outside the box and learn how many things work besides your acting. We are complex human beings made up of more than just one element. That unique complexity comes to life on screen and on stage as we develop as human beings. Last, but not least, don’t let anyone steal your joy. You are light and you are rising!
Why did you choose CSM to build your website?
To put it simply, I wanted THE BEST. I chose CSM because I wanted a professional site to reflect my true essence and brand. I researched quite a few website builders, but when I looked at CSM’s website I fell in love. I saw the essence of every individual or company in every website that CSM has built. I navigated each website with ease on any device… cell, ipad, laptop and desktop. After speaking with Tony, I had a clear understanding of what we would create and knew we’d work very well together in the process. CSM believes in educating and empowering everyone they build a website for so they give us tutorials on how to maintain it! Who does that?! Most website builders charge an annual fee to update or maintain your site. They literally hold you hostage! CSM is not just about building a website. They are about building a brand and empowering the website owner.
What responses have you received from your new website?
People are BLOWN AWAY by the look of my new website! I’m FLOORED every time I look at it! Visitors tell me it is so easy to navigate on their cell phones and ask me who created it! No one asks me where they can find a specific clip or voiceover. They actually find everything they need once I direct them to my site. That has never happened to me since 2007 when my old site was created! I am truly blessed and humbled to have a website created by CSM that reflects my spirit.
You are light, joy and inspiration, Tonya! Thank you for choosing us to design your website!
Learn more about Tonya at TonyaCanady.com!
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