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You can’t control everything. No matter how prepared or talented or strategic you are, your career will not always go exactly as planned.
Viola Davis’s film career spans over 15 years – excluding her years on the stage – and includes over 60 projects. She’s garnered 4 Oscar nominations, 3 SAG awards and one Golden Globe this award season for her role in The Help. But, many feel recognition for her work is long overdue. You won’t, however, hear this sentiment from Davis’ lips.
Davis has overcome institutional and cultural obstacles inherent to her industry to build a lasting career. She’s shared several life lessons as she basks in the well-deserved limelight. The few words of wisdom included below are essential lessons for any woman pursuing success.
Understand your obstacles and have a realistic view of your industry
It’s just the politics of it all. I’m a 46-year-old black woman who really doesn’t look like Halle Berry and Halle Berry is having a hard time… I have an absolute understanding and awareness of the image that I project and its just not a lot of lead roles for women who look like me…I think that African-Americans represent 12.5 percent of the population and that is not the demographic we are targeting in the movie and television industry.
Newsweek Oscar roundtable January 2012
Judging by her Grammy and some live performances we’ve seen over the last year or so, there’s no denying that Esperanza Spalding is talented. But she’s really outdone herself with her newly released single, “Black Gold.” A tribute to Black History Month, the song is a collaboration with songtress Algebra Blessett.
The song is truly inspiring and the visuals are equally beautiful. If you haven’t seen it, be sure to check it out, you won’t be disappointed.
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