"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. Aminah started singing at the age of 2, dancing at the age of 3 and acting in Off-Broadway musicals by the age of 14. She 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 a 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’s 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.
Aminah has been a guest on several TV talk shows including Bill Cunningham, The Revolution as well as Dr. Oz. She was selected and honored by the members of Iota Alpha Sigma Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. as the recipient of the Arts and Entertainment Award, for her dedication and commitment to building futures and touching lives through her tireless dedication to the arts. She was also nominated two years in a row and won the Award in the Acting and Performing Arts Category for the 2013 Black Celebration Awards on New York City -An Awards Ceremony to Award & Honor the Greatness within the Black Community.
In 2013 Aminah was cast in a dual role in Secret Confessions, a comedy stage play written and directed by Omar Moore, where she played a dual role as the very wild and zany characters Wanda and Laura. She was also the Fashion Show Producer for the F.A.N.T.A.S.T.I.C. Allstar Fashion and Talent Showcase and Competition produced by Trapsion Inc., Count Your Blessings Networking and Not Your Average Talents. In 2014 Aminah was a TV Co-host on the Goddesses TV Show, a longtime running cable TV Show on Time Warner Cable in NYC which catered to Big Beautiful Women and the men who love them. Aminah produced plus size fashion shows and also booked the talent for the show.
in 2015 Aminah moved to Harrisburg, PA where she is currently teaching acting at the Harrisburg Talents Acting School where she trains and develops students’ ages 8 to 18 years old in the theater arts and stage. Aminah also does one on one coaching with adults who are interested in acting and plans on starting an adult theater company in Harrisburg. Aminah has already co-starred in a short film with RAWI Productions called Be Careful "Who You Provoke", a 9-1-1 webseries episode that has been accepted into the Los Angeles Cinefest.
She also plans to relaunch Not Your Average Talents in Harrisburg starting with holding Auditions in search of curvy confident Plus Size Women for an up and coming Music Video this May 2016.
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, Not Your Average Talents and Harrisburg Talents a household name in Entertainment and Media!
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