Creative Artist Spotlight on Denice Sealy

by Kim on August 8, 2010

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I first met actress and writer Denice Sealy at a gathering of bright young women here in Los Angeles. Our group gathered to bond, enjoy girl-time and to share related topics of personal development and inner beauty. I have enjoyed her thoughtful contributions as her energy and Light shines bright in any room she graces. I’m happy to have her here to share part of her inspirational story and to touch on the importance of beginning with success from within.

Kim: Please tell our readers a little about yourself…

Denice: Well, I’m an actress and writer in Los Angeles.  I’m originally from Washington D.C. My mother is a psychiatrist and my father was an immigrant from Trinidad and Tobago.  I love reading recipe magazines, attempting to have witty conversations, and procrastinating with the help of Facebook 🙂

Kim: When did you realize that you wanted to pursue your creative talents professionally?

Denice: When I was about 7 or 8, I used to put on plays with my friends and perform them for our parents and their friends.  Then, when I entered the 7th grade, I joined an acting troupe for teens and we performed Aesop’s Fables at various venues.  I remember we were taped for a cable television station, and someone flubbed his lines, and I kept on trying to contain my laughter! I literally had tears streaming down my cheeks, trying to control myself.  In the corner of my eye, I could see the director shaking his head!

Kim: Do you have any formal training or are you self-taught?

Denice: I studied dance, and then started taking acting classes in school and privately.  I earned my BFA in Drama from Carnegie Mellon University. It was like a conservatory within a larger University.  They had a cut-system that was supposed to be performance based.  Our class started out with 40 acting students, and 25 returned sophomore year.  Some left of their own accord, but most were asked to leave.  Very scary indeed!

Kim: What has been your biggest obstacle to success?

Denice: I guess finding the balance between wholeheartedly living in and expressing my belief in myself and staying humble.  The staying humble part is not really challenging, but I guess the fear has been that too much talk about how wonderful you are is shallow and played out.  It’s much more of an inner love that you have for yourself that translates, and that is something I believe people in all professions deal with. It becomes like an inner calmness that is palpable.  When you have to be the loudest voice in the room letting everyone know how great you are, what’s going on inside?  On the other hand, if you believe it, I think there comes a time and place when you should be able to express it without fear of being perceived as being big – headed.

Kim: It’s important to learn to be able to receive graciously without the ego looming. How do you overcome challenges and de-stress?

Denice: I love to talk things out and try to understand them. That’s my mom’s influence, and ultimately why I act; understanding why we do what we do.  Going to sacred spaces (houses of worship or meditation centers) always makes me joyful.  Exercise helps. Doing fun things, relinquishing my need to control what’s not under my control doesn’t hurt.

Kim: Do you have any favorite hobbies outside your creative endeavors?

Denice: I love to read. Simple things like make-up and dance tutorials on youtube are a blast.  Cooking is so much fun.  Learning about new things.  Heady conversations are great! Hiking. Laughing! Meeting new people.

Kim: What advice do you have for people just starting out?

Denice: Trust and love yourself first. The rest will come. You don’t need to be anybody but who you are.

Kim: Do you have a positive experience with a Coach or Instructor that you can share with others?

Denice: Yes. Geoff Laughton – a wonderful man and coach who teaches us to honor the children that live in us, and Dallas Travers – an amazing individual who challenges you to step outside of your comfort zone and gives you doable steps to take your career to the next level.

Kim: What’s up next for you?

Denice: I’ve got a great role in a feature that shoots in August with Robin Givens and Sandra Bernhard. I play an intolerant mom who raises my son with the help of my transvestite brother, only to have him be one of five children who murder their teacher. I’m also working on my third screenplay.

I can be found on IMDB dot com and on Facebook.

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rob white August 10, 2010 at 2:41 pm

Thanks for the inside scoop on Denice. I looked on the IMBD and see she is quite accomplished. I look forward to following her career… If you can do it once you can do it twice… and if you can do two times you can do it for a lifetime.

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