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Talent Grows in Pennsburg
Written by Jennifer Frieze, Correspondent

           Twins Deysha and Deyahna Nelson displayed unique aptitudes at an early age.

            By age four, Deysha was dressing up and modeling her outfits for her mom, Tanisha, who sensed then that there was something special about her daughter and that


this gift needed to be nurtured.

            Deyahna would tell her family she was going to build them a house someday and would design their future family home with blocks and Legos.

            Working together, and guided by their mom and grandmother Ruby Conquest, the twins, now 12, have built an extensive resume.

            Deysha is a professional actor and dancer. Deyahna is referred to as the "mini-manager" and utilizes her savvy business skills to keep the girls focused on their endeavors. They balance each other in every way.

            Deysha is modeling, acting, dancing and designing. In addition, she teaches peers, as well as adults, to model, read scripts, and deliver lines. She is also a natural public speaker and has become a spokesperson for notable organizations.

            Deyahna has taken on the role as junior manager for a few of Deysha's productions. At the age of eight, Deyahna began designing clothing with her twin. Her sketches were extraordinary for her age.

            Shepherding the girls has been a family affair for Tanisha and Ruby who moved the family from Elkins Park in Philadelphia to the Upper Perkiomen Valley.

            "The success of my children is possible by having such a strong family, friend

Deysha Nelson

support," Tanisha said.  "From my mother, to my son, to my siblings, to my aunts, uncles, cousins and friends, everyone pulls together to chip in where they can.  My mother and my son have both taken off work, missing a day's pay many times, to take Deysha to set or to an audition when I couldn't." 

            Pulling together might mean transportation, purchasing gas cards, showing up for events, securing lodging and being flexible enough to change plans at a moment's notice.

            'It is so much that goes into being an entertainer and having a good support system backing you in whatever area they can makes a world of difference.  We are very thankful for all of the love and support we receive," explained Tanisha.

            Deysha's most recent film aired in November, a Netflix movie called "Holiday Rush". She plays Mya.

            Deysha is also in the process of starting DNel talent services through which she will offer classes on modeling and acting.

            As Deysha began traveling her path, Deyahna found her place as a manager for her sister. This is a professional role and she receives a percentage for her work.

            The twins also began their own clothing line called Almond Eyez Designs Clothing Company. Together, they have showcased their clothing line in five states, 10 cities, and 10 fashion shows. 

            The girls have an older brother Devahn Devila who is equally as talented and driven. He has a clothing line named Vila Interchange he began in 2013. He also recently started a business called Vila Inked Up.




            "The majority of the money that Deysha makes gets split between the trust fund (15%), her management company (10%), if agent involved another (10%), taxes and then what's left over goes right back into the travel cost for auditions, hotels, audition wardrobe, etc.," explained Tanisha.

            "For instance, we live in PA but when they book her as a NY local and she is filming for three-four weeks.  The hotel, food, travel cost, etc. is out of our pocket so the overhead cost can sometimes be more than the salary.  The girls enjoy what they do so no complaints but having someone to sponsor or invest in their career would be such a blessing."

             Follow Deysha on social media @deyshanelson.





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