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Self-Rising Flower

"Self-Rising Flower" chronicles the entrepreneurial journey of Erika Daniels, an underestimated single mother who discovers a gift for baking and builds a dessert empire over 10 years with help from her brilliant daughter Aniyah and innovative young son Bryson.
Here are the talented voices behind the characters!

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— Meet the cast

Erika Daniels performed by

Ashley Johnson

Ashley Johnson has always loved the arts.

From childhood she trained in classical ballet and other genres of dance. With a strong passion and knowledge of film ,her love of acting grew after taking formal acting classes at T. Schreiber Theater and Studios. Her skills were further sharpened at the Royal Academy of the Dramatic Arts and Ivana Chubbuck Studios in Los Angeles. She has done on camera hosting , appeared on television, independent movies and live stage performances. She recently won the Best Actor award from the Magic Silver Screen Film Festival for her role as The Therapist in “The Assistant 3: Disconnected”.

She appeared in the Sundance 2023 award winning film “The Pod Generation” with Emilia Clarke and Chiwetel Ejiofor. She is the lead actress in the short “ The Conversation: Unprotected” which has been officially selected into the 13th Annual Bill Johnson Black film festival ,RoleCall Indie Showcase (ATL )and Accolade Global Film competition for 2024.  Ashley plays a supporting role in “Predawn” which has also been officially selected into the Maryland Black Film Festival, Queens Underground International Film Festival and New York Tri-State International Film Festival . Three words to sum up Ashley – driven, reliable and genuine. Ashley believes “No matter how far you fall you are never out of the fight.”

Ashley Johnson

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Aniyah Daniels performed by

Izzy Miller

Izzy Miller’s first acting performance was as Young Elsa...

… in a spring 2022 stage production of Frozen Jr. She immediately fell in love with the stage and resolved to improve her skills. Her hard work paid off and she was cast as Annie in Annie Jr. during the summer of 2022.

Curious about the differences between stage and film, Izzy decided that working as an extra in film and television would give her a good introduction. Shortly after appearing as an extra, Izzy was cast as a supporting character in a short film. The role and Izzy’s experience on set resulted in her falling in love for a second time. Since this first role, Izzy has been cast in ten films performing in day player to leading roles. Notably, Izzy performed in short films “Predawn” and “Ray of Sunshine”, both of which were accepted into 2024 film festivals.

In addition to working in film and television, Izzy continues to perform in stage productions. She takes regular voice and dance (ballet, acrobatics, and modern) lessons, and studies acting with Mary Lincer, Janet Milstein, and McKinnon Acting Studio.

Izzy is represented by Brilliant Talent Management.

Izzy Miller

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Bryson Daniels performed by

Isaiah Evans

Isaiah Evans was born in Clarksville, Tennessee ...

… and began his acting journey at the age of 4. He secured his first background role on “The Winchester,” where he ran alongside his twin sisters, Aubree and Brooklyn Majors, on the railroad track. This marked the beginning of an incredible journey.

Shortly after turning 5, Isaiah landed a feature role in “Big George Foreman” as the young son, George IV. In this role, he showcased his remarkable ability to take direction effectively and consistently hit his marks throughout filming.

Singer Durand Jones provided Isaiah with the opportunity to participate in two of his projects: short music videos for “Lord Have Mercy” and “That Feeling,” where Isaiah took on the lead role as the little boy. Additionally, Isaiah has been involved in several projects currently in post-production, including “Spring Breakthrough,” “The Nickel Boys,” “Average Joe,” “Imaginary,” and “The Devil Comes Dressed for Church Too.”

Isaiah Evans has had the pleasure of traveling across the United States to feature in various commercials and ads, such as Metra Train, Witte Museum, Kings Hawaiian Missing Pieces, Chuck E Cheese, Dr. Phil Parade, and Donorschoose Kleenex.

Determined to continually hone his craft, Isaiah is committed to leaving his mark on the industry for years to come. He believes that no role is too small or too big to bring laughter to others, be it in film, television, or advertisements.

Isaiah Evans

Isaiah Evans

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Elaine Langford performed by

Asia Slater

Enamored by all things creative ...

… Asia Slater has been interested in the arts from a young age. It began with singing where, in elementary school, she performed with the Peabody Children’s Chorus.

Her aspirations broadened upon entering middle school, which provided the opportunity to participate in her school’s drama club—her first foray into theater. This amplified an already developing interest in theater, film, and television. In the following years, Asia continued to explore the performing arts through recreational participation in her school’s club, chorus, and local dance group.

Currently, Asia provides coaching, social media management, and support to her sister in the development of her acting career. She had resigned to appreciate the arts from the outside when the opportunity to audition for Self-Rising Flower came along, revitalizing an abandoned dream.

Asia Slater

— Meet the cast

Lakisha performed by

Lillie Mae Jones

Lillie Mae Jones is an actress ...

… singer (contralto), and pianist who has completed a foundational theater course at the collegiate level and participates in ongoing private coaching with Russell Sams (Actor’s Way In). She is skilled in casting, direction, script supervision and character development. Professionally, she is a project manager and multimedia personality.
 
Lillie Mae holds a B.S. & M.S in Criminal Justice; M.Ed in Teaching & Learning; M.A. in Human Services Counseling and a J.M. in American Legal Studies. For more information about this congenial, eclectic vessel, please go to www.lilliemaecollective.com.

Lillie Mae Jones

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Jasmine Foster performed by

Lianna Perry Fountain

From a young age, Lianna knew she had to be an actor.

Lianna Perry Fountain

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Shawn Zyaire performed by

Damian Hill

Damian's transition from the military to entertainment ...

… was fueled by a decade of service in the US Army, sparking a curiosity that led him to stages, screens, and now voice acting.
 
Inspired by icons like Avery Brooks, Damian delves into the transformative abilities of actors like Brooks, Delroy Lindo, and Jeffrey Wright.
 
With two films in production and hosting and modeling gigs lined up, Damian embodies focus, patience, and an unyielding commitment to his craft, driven by the belief that persistence yields the ultimate view from the top.

Damian Hill

Show Credits

Executive Producer
Donna Burkes

Producer
Ashley Johnson

Casting by
Matos Management

“Self Rising Flower” Theme Song and Lyrics
Liam Bradbury

Theme Song Performed by
Jerina Engel

Audio Engineering
Liam Bradbury

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