Alumna Mala Wright Determined in Pursuit of
Career in Entertainment Field

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Bolstered by a solid belief in herself that blossomed when she was a student at Mercer County Community College, alumna Mala Wright has been unwavering in her pursuit of a career in the entertainment field.
Her aspirations date back to early childhood when, as a kindergartner, she belted out "My Country Tis' Of Thee" to thunderous applause. With a sense that she was destined to perform, she honed her talents on many levels over the years, growing into a multifaceted performance artist with a long list of credits.

"I have always felt comfortable in the spotlight," said the Trenton native, who acted and sang in school plays as a high school student at Villa Victoria Academy. After graduating from the all-girls private school, Wright decided to study at MCCC because it was close to home. "And as far as courses were concerned, Mercer had everything that I needed," she said.

Mala Wright

While excelling creatively and academically, Wright was still undecided about her career path. "I thought it was best to obtain a liberal arts degree and proceed from there. Mercer was a good choice."

Wright notes that at Mercer she found herself in a culturally diverse environment for the first time, which she loved. As an MCCC student, she served as a peer counselor, secretary of the Student Activities Board, and a member of the Student Government Association. "I had the opportunity to sharpen my leadership and interpersonal skills," she says.

Wright also continued to pursue the arts, appearing in a community production of "Charlotte's Web" at MCCC's Kelsey Theatre and enrolling in a piano course, which sparked her interest in composing. Upon graduating from MCCC in 1991 with an A.A. in Humanities and Social Science, she received an academic scholarship to continue her studies at Rider University. As part of her Rider experience, Wright studied theater and music in Berlin and London through the university's Interim Studies Program and earned a bachelor's degree in Radio and Television Communications in 1993.

All the while, Wright competed in pageants and contests, winning first place and photogenic titles in the Tri-State Hemisphere Pageant, Miss Jersey Hemisphere Pageant and the U.S. Show Biz Competition. She landed supporting roles in independent television and film projects in the New Jersey and Philadelphia markets. "I am always submitting for and going on auditions," Wright said. "You have to keep your face out there."

Continually striving for versatility as an artist, Wright is equally at home appearing in commercials, on such comedy shows as Wawapalooza and Wawapalooza 2: Get Shorti for the Philly Fringe Festival, and as a storyteller for Historic Philadelphia's Once Upon a Nation.
Her recent projects have included commercial spots for such companies as Herr's Potato Chips, Samsung Touch Phone and Carnival Cruises, as well as roles in "Cold Case" on CBS; "Hack," the short-lived CBS drama; "Food Detectives" on the Food Network; and the Japanese morning show, "Mezamashi TV." Last year, she appeared as a nurse in the comedy film "Saddle up With Dick Wrangler & Injun Joe," starring Mickey Rooney, and this year she had a guest role as a school principal in the TV series, "Extreme Forensics," for the Investigative Discovery Network. Currently, she is featured as tough girl Kezia Jones on "Southborough," an Internet-based soap opera series set in a fictional Trenton neighborhood.

Wright's creative passion has surfaced in yet other ways. She has written musical scores for Sci-Fi independent film projects and recently penned her first dramatic film script, titled "Precious Angel," which she plans to shoot in Mercer County in the near future.

Wright says her main goal remains landing acting roles. She maintains that it's all about timing and finding the right platform. "The rest will fall into place. You just have to believe in yourself," she said. "That's what I learned first at Mercer."

To learn more about Wright and her career, visit her website here.

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