Bianca Black (IL Photo/Katie Stancombe) As a child, Bianca Black couldn’t sit still. She said the task of keeping her occupied and under wraps was an overwhelming battle her mother fought to win.
But both women won when Black’s mother signed her up for the Little People’s Theatre at the age of 5.
At 7, Black had secured a leading role in “The Pied Piper of Hamelin” and was thriving in her new environment. It was then that the curtains opened to a passion in Black’s life that would never fade.
“I loved everything about it,” Black recalled. “I’ll never forget, my mom was like, ‘Girl, you’re actually good at this.’”
Black got an agent, worked with a talent agency, and auditioned for numerous roles in the following years. As a student at William A. Wirt/Emerson Visual and Performing Arts High School in Gary, Black narrowed her focus of studies on drama and vocals. The experience was something akin to the movie “Fame,” she joked.
“It’s this adrenaline rush. That initial look at the audience is like shellshock, but once I get past it, I’m fine,” she recalled of her days on stage. “I think that is the greatest part of it.”
Constantly in and out of shows and rehearsals, acting was an integral part of Black’s younger years. All the while, she continued to audition, receiving several callbacks from Disney productions such as “The Suite Life of Zach and Cody” and taking various commercial gigs. She also appeared in the television drama series “ER” and most recently portrayed a medical student in an episode of “Chicago Med.”
But the young lawyer, who continued to act and perform during law school, said she had to make a choice about her pursuits when she couldn’t secure a permanent role.
“Honestly, that was when I started to realize — OK, I’m either going to be in this and willing to fail consistently for however long, maybe indefinitely — or I’m going to do something where I know for sure gives me a good track and a good career to succeed,” Black said.She chose to attend law school and pursue […]