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What would people do without being in love with their work? For Teyonah, passion is what drives her in every single thing that she does, on camera and outside the movie set.
I am a very passionate person. I am passionate about my work, I’m passionate about my family, my friendships, my life. And passion certainly allows me to approach my work with a sense of a curiosity.”
Talent is the cousin of creativity. So, when you’re as gifted as Teyonah is, you don’t have to dig deep to find the creativeness that shines in her performances.
It’s just a part of who I am. Being an artist, I see things differently, I receive people differently. I’m talking to you, but I’m watching your mannerisms, I’m watching how you respond to me. my creativity stems from many place, I don’t know, I can’t separate those things from myself.
Teyonah’s message for being brave enough to take multiple leaps of faith is short and sweet.
Courage is saying, ‘To hell with it, I’m gonna go anyways!’
I think my purpose in life is to use the talent that’s given to me. And not just in film, but socially, charitably—the human that I am, the woman that I am, and sharing that with others. Whatever way I can, and it’s not always in front of the camera. It’s sometimes in denim overalls digging up dirt helping someone plant a garden. Or helping young teenage girls, mentoring them, talking to them.
Admittedly, Teyonah finds spirituality to be the essence of her presence, as well as an element that keeps her grounded.