Cydia Flowers

Actress, Director, Producer

Chicago, IL, USA

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My name is Cydia Flowers and I am a visual content creator with a primary focus in filmmaking, acting, and psychology. In the May of 2018, I received my Bachelors degree in Media, Journalism, and Film from Howard University's School of Communication. With a minor in psychology, I completed coursework in the various branches of the field, inclusive of neuropsychology, childhood abuse and neglect, and Growth and Development in childhood and adolescence. My long term career goal is to produce, direct, and write films which positively influences the psychosocial and developmental skills of children and adolescents through impactful and truthful storytelling. My passion lies with finding the commonalities between the different perspectives within the world and utilizing them to bridge ideas, beliefs, and cultures. I have been developing my visual and performing artistic vision throughout my life. As a child, I performed in various productions including a traveling tour with PBSkids Mrs. Lori‘s Campus. I enhanced my musical background by studying musical theater, violin, guitar, and performing with the Chicago Children’s Choir. I studied various forms of dance at the Chicago Multicultural Dance Center and trained in gymnastics, which allowed me to strengthen my sense of physical expression. In high school, as I was a member of the school’s theater company, I began embracing the technical side of visual art through studying film, photography, and design. I began working with professional equipment while studying at the DePaul University’s Center for Digital Media in the summer of 2013. That same year, I became a freelancer, wherein I began actively developing my eye as a visual artist. A few notable pieces I completed include the role credit design of BET’s Black and Sexy TV program "Doing It Wrong" (2015) as well as the typesetting and back cover design of the Amazon bestseller “Godless Circumcisions" (2016). The Howard University film program has influenced my work greatly by teaching me not only the core elements of story development, but how to act on my own creative impulse. Between 2014 and 2015, I produced my first professionally recognized documentary short film, “Oreo,” which was selected to be screened at the Movies in the Parks: Chicago Onscreen Local Film Showcase during the summer of 2016. Used as a platform to discuss self concept in young children, it set the stage for the union of psychology and storytelling in my work. Subsequently in 2018, I wrote my first feature film, Transporter, for my undergraduate thesis. After receiving my Bachelor’s degree, I furthered my postgraduate education at Yale University, where I studied at their Summer Conservatory for Actors. Their program immersed me further in acting technique, vocal technique, improvisation, movement, and text analysis. Following, I studied more technique at The Second City Chicago. Now, residing in Chicago, I am the Executive Producer and Director of a new home and lifestyle web series, Cindi And The City.