Growing up in a household of Congolese parents (Democratic Republic of Congo) with a strong French influence, taught Phylicia Wissa how to embrace the many cultural aspects of her family and others around her. With her father passing at the tender age of two from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as ALS.
Showing early signs of talent, Phylicia’s mother, with the help of her dear friend, decided to place her in youth acting classes. Phylicia’s talent began to thrive and it was then that she realized acting was her niché. But it wasn’t always roses. Phylicia faced a lot of rejection and her mother decided it was best for her to focus on her studies. Upon graduating from the world famous Hollywood High School, Phylicia decided to take the first major step towards fulfilling her dreams and moved to NYC to hone her skills as an actress.
After graduating from the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts (NYCDA) and gaining a few Indie credits under her belt, she moved back to her hometown, Los Angeles, California. Phylicia has since booked a Wendy’s National Commercial, worked on ABC’s Super Fun Night (opposite Rebel Wilson), CBS’ Criminal Minds and ventured into the world of New Media, working with internet companies such as All Def Digital (Russell Simmons and Brian Robbins) and What The Funny (Marlon Wayans).
‘XXV’, a short film that follows the lives of seven young adults, is Phylicia’s directorial debut. The film has screened at the 7th Annual Downtown Film Festival, The Indie Night Showcase held at the TCL Chinese Theaters and continues to make it rounds in the film festival circuit.
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