‘I’m Not Scared Of Rejection:’ Joy Bryant Shares How Yale Prepped Her For Hollywood

February 13, 2014  |  

The world knows Joy Bryant as a fashion model-turned-actress, but many don’t know the “About Last Night” actress also attended Yale on a scholarship—an experience that she says helped to prepare her for the competitive world of show business.

“Getting into Yale, I’m already used to competition,” the 38-year-old Bronx native told Rolling Out. It’s not easy to get into Yale. The possibility of rejection or having the odds stacked against you or a lot of people are gunning for your spot — that whole dynamic I understood.”

Though she later dropped out of the Ivy League school to pursue modeling, she says it gave her the tough skin that she needed to make  it in modeling and ultimately Hollywood.

“Coming into Hollywood, I wasn’t shaken at all,” said Joy. “Not that I’m going to be the most successful actress ever, but I’m not scared. I’m not scared of rejection. Modeling prepared me for that. Sometimes the rejection can be so brutal and in your face — you have to get a thick skin. Coming into this business, I wasn’t really tripping on anything. What I view as mine to have, I will have. And I can wait it out.”

Though it was not the most predictable voyage, she says the experience definitely taught her that everything that happens in life is only preparing you for what’s to come.

“Everything leads you to the next step. I went to this great school that got me into Yale. Instead of Wall Street or wherever I thought I was going to go, I got into modeling. That exposed me to so many places and things and from there, I went into acting. In acting, I’ve done well for myself and I love what I do and I’m looking forward to more of it. But it’s also led me to other things. I produce and I write and I’m able to express myself in a way that gives me happiness. It’s afforded me a great quality of life.”

As for what’s next, Joy says she has her eye on some behind-the-camera gigs.

“I’m looking forward to continuing to grow and who knows? Maybe the next step for me is to write the Oscar-winning script! That’s what I’m looking forward to.”

Check out Joy’s full interview over at Rolling Out.

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