Tika Sumpter Quotes.
I think most people write from what they see in their own world, which is maybe why we so often see an African-American woman as the best friend, or the one you bring in when you need some sass. It’s like we’re put in a box.
Working for Oprah is a dream come true. She was on my dream board for the longest time.
I know it’s cliche to say, ‘When you do something you love you never work a day in your life.’ But it is true: When you do something you love, life gets to be a little bit easier and enjoyable. So I just want people to follow their dreams.
I have an eclectic pallet of music that I listen to. It depends on my mood.
I live by myself. I come in the door, I can throw my stuff on the floor. I can leave the dishes.
I think she [Michelle Obama] is reluctant to date someone she’s above at work. It’s 1989, she’s at a law firm, surrounded by mostly white men, and she has to prove herself every day.
I was working in customer service and had a verbally abusive boss. One day, I decided to quit and pursue my acting passion with everything I had. One week after quitting, I booked ‘One Life to Live.’
I think the best part in going to the movies is you feel something and you relate whether its to family struggles or dimming your light for someone. I would say to never dim your light and to really, truly follow your dreams.
I was working in customer service and had a verbally abusive boss. One day, I decided to quit and pursue my acting passion with everything I had. One week after quitting, I booked One Life to Live.
I was signed to a record label when I was younger. I was in a group, and I just wasn’t – personally, I wasn’t ready to get out there. I don’t know. It was a pop group. Not like the Spice Girls, but when you don’t have any control over anything, it’s disheartening.
My mom was an opera singer, and she gave up her career to raise a family. But she also taught my sisters how to sing.
I think the best part in going to the movies is you feel something and you relate whether it’s to family struggles or dimming your light for someone. I would say to never dim your light and to really, truly follow your dreams.
I think one of the most important lessons that I’ve learned is to put your head down and work. Don’t look at other people and compare yourself. Just do the work. Because when the opportunity is there, you have to be ready. Make sure your craft is refined and you’re constantly working on it.
It used to be that film stars didn’t want to do TV, and actors weren’t singing, and singers weren’t acting. Everybody’s kind of crossing over to whatever they want to do. So I feel like, if you have it, use it. If God’s given you this talent, then use it.
Plow through the weeds. Go to the auditions and go to the meetings and be on time. Stop looking to the left or the right. Keep your head down and keep moving.
[Director Richard Tanne] was inspired by their [Barack and Michelle Obama] flirtation, and their connection. That’s not normal with politicians who are married – they usually look forced or awkward.
I want to do good, and I want people to be happy, and sometimes when youre a people pleaser, you spread yourself too thin.
On a personal level, you wear different masks.
I’m not trying to live a social media life or a life to just be in a magazine.
I buy everything India Arie, just because she’s such a positive person, and I just love her music. Her music’s so soulful… I think Kanye West is a genius musically.
At Christmas, it’s my siblings running around the house, we’re cooking, talking, laughing, loud and just crazy. It’s beautiful chaos.
I’ll try anything once. It’s always good to see peoples’ faces surprised – surprised that I race, or that I surf, that I trekked through the Himalayas. As long as I don’t die, I’m good.
When I was on ‘One Life to Live,’ I always wanted to delve into my character, Layla, to find out why she was the black sheep of the family. I so wanted to have some edge. I have no idea why there was a reluctance to do that or why we so rarely see it.
A lot of the times we don’t see enough of strength. Imagery is obviously a large part of it. I think it’s important to see her [Michelle Obama] passion, her complexity, and to see her be challenged. Whether it’s about forgiveness, or wanting to do more, it’s what it is.
I’m an actress, model, and singer.