Proud Stories: April Matthis (She/Her)
Q: What kind of performance artist are you?
Q: When did you first know that you wanted to be a full-time artist?
I think I knew when I was five but didn’t take it seriously until my early 20s.
Q: How are you keeping yourself inspired to create during this unprecedented time?
It’s been galvanizing staying connected with artists I respect and admire, and I’ve grown to deeply appreciate auditioning right now. I feel like I’m staying in touch with my instrument.
Q: What is the biggest obstacle you’ve had to overcome as an artist and how did you overcome it?
Getting paid a living wage for my work. It’s still a struggle, although I’m much better at advocating for myself now and saying no.
Q: What are you most proud of in your career thus far?
If I had to pick, it’d be TONI STONE at the Roundabout. It connected me to the Negro Leagues community and continues to resonate as more people learn about this Black woman playing professionally with men before anyone else did.
Q: Is there anything you are working on now that can be shared and supported?
Nothing I can announce yet, but people can follow me on Instagram (@aprilmatthis), where I post my projects.