The real revelation is the instantly endearing and adorable Meissa Hampton, who speaks volumes with her body language about her character’s nervous and sincere longing for a real connection with another human being…Meissa Hampton is the type of Actress you hope to see more of.

David H. SchleicherThe Schleicher Spin

“Every film needs a actor to appear and give the story the depth that the audience can truly feel and understand” without it you have no chance of connecting your story to the world in which we live. “Meissa gives you just that, it is as if you are sitting right next to her in every scene…that it is a beautiful gift”

Stephen DestWriter, Director – My Brother Jack (2013)

The more surprising performance that really captivates is that of Meissa Hampton. Tackling what is essentially a secondary character, Hampton ends up giving the film yet another layer of emotion even while adding in a needed levity that makes her Gabby one of the film’s most intriguing and involving characters.

Richard PropesThe Independent Critic

“Co-written with the protagonists, it is little wonder that the scenes work so well: every line—scripted or improvised—comes from the same artistic trust so buy-in from the actors is virtually guaranteed.
Both characters have established unshakeable credibility as they dig deeply into a shared catalogue of knowing looks and slight bits of business (every apparently unconscious scratch or reconfiguring of long curly locks is not coincidental) and, subliminally, establish their common vulnerability. Merci mille fois!”

James Wegg Reviews

“A fearless actress, Meissa creates haunting portrayals of characters in love and in pain. Honest and raw, nuanced and layered, her performance is unforgettable. It is a pleasure to work with her.”

Chris MessineoWriter, Director,
Off Stage Films

it was at this point that I realized I was completely taken in by Uptown as the actors play this scene beautifully… Hampton has fully immersed herself in her character…Highly recommended, Uptown boasts exceptional turns by its actors.

Jen JohansFilm Intuition

such is the strength and intelligence of this film that nothing feels forced, and more importantly, everything feels real. Hampton and Riquinha are wonderful in conveying their character’s respective dilemmas…

Hampton is a revelation [as Isabel]. Hampton captures the fullness of [her character] beautifully. Perhaps at least partially owing to the fact that the two co-stars also co-wrote the script, both Riquinha and Hampton are stellar as the lost and lonely souls that they portray.

Richard PropestheIndependent Critic

“Simply one of the most talented actors I’ve ever worked with”

Bill HopkinsIndependent CriticPalisade FilmsStella Adler Acting Conservatory

Riqhuina and Hampton have an uneasy, yet powerfully palpable chemistry together; both should have great acting futures. In the hands of lesser talents, such mundane yet tension fueled dialogue would come off stiff and un-involving, but they give it a touching authenticity.

Daniel Cook JohnsonFilm Babble

Meissa Hampton was wonderful in the role of Isabel; she gave the character a unique style that was very enjoyable… …actors and filmmakers who can make the viewers feel that involved in a film have rare talent indeed – the kind of talent that [one] doesn’t come by every day.


bio22Meissa Hampton is an experienced, New York Actor, Writer and Producer. She has been repeatedly awarded for her performances by Judges and audiences in national and international, commercial and independent film festivals, including ‘Best Lead Actress’ awards for her performances in Uptown, Modern Times, Shadows of the Evening, Fortunes of War and a ProMax World Gold Award for VH1 – Lyrically Speaking. She is an active member of New York Women in Film Television (NYWIFT) and the Screen Actors Guild (SAG). She is a founding board member of the Indies Lab. She continues to write for the screen and has recently launched One Pair of Shoes Pictures, a company intent on promoting inspired, purposed, talented contributors to filmmaking and the arts, and drawing audiences with entertaining works that speak to our emotion, our intellect and our era.

Meissa has a deep affection for independent projects, an unwavering commitment to and comprehensive emotional investment in projects to which she has chosen to contribute and an affinity for comedy as she relishes the opportunity to exploit the absurd in the human experience. She is dedicated to the development of independent works yet has ideally positioned herself to exploit her commercial viability and affect an inimitable presence in the Entertainment world.

Meissa’s studies earned her a scholarship under the Ford colloquium which offered her a unique course of study with a select group of scholars focused on post-graduate study in inter-cultural communication. She simultaneously earned degrees in English Literature, Film and Theatre. She further expanded her acting technique at the Stella Adler studio where her professors lauded her inherent understanding of the film medium. She has studied and worked in France, England and across the US. She speaks several languages, plays multiple musical instruments and has a strong athletic background as an ‘All- Met’ swimmer and medaled down-hill skier. She studied dance, performing for over 10 years.

Meissa is an active member of NYWIFT – an organization of professional women in film, television and digital media – a champion of women’s rights. She works loyally with the Screen Actors Guild to protect artist’s rights. She is a founding member and board member for the Indie’s Lab, a diverse ensemble of professional actors, writers, directors and filmmakers driven by a commitment to artistic excellence.

Audiences have spoken of a unique and compelling presence when Meissa is on screen. Critics and reviews have described her as “a revelation” “ the kind of talent one doesn’t come by every day” and “the type of actor you hope to see more of.” She has earned the regard of movie audiences and her peers in the film community. Her undying dedication to her art is propelling her toward an electrifying career.