Candice Afia: Wanting to be all that God created her to be.
Way back when, in a cold place, far, far away, my husband and I were considering moving from Chicago to Los Angeles. We did a lot of research, including hours of google street-viewing. We also reached out to people we knew who had already taken a similarly big leap. One of those people was Candice Afia. Back then, she and my husband were consultants for the large corporation, Accenture. Not only did Candice move across the country from Atlanta, she’s also a working actress in LA, mirroring my husband’s career choice. She generously offered to meet with us on our scouting visit, pre-move. She gave us a level of comfort and confidence that everything was going to be just fine.
Fast-forward to more recently, Candice has completely cut ties with the corporate world in order to pursue her passion of acting and filmmaking full-time. I interviewed her soon after she made this leap and here is what she had to say:
What motivates you to want to make your dreams come true?
I want to leave a legacy in the world and inspire others to rise beyond the status quo in life; to rise above mediocrity and follow their dreams.
What is stopping you from fulfilling your dream career?
Money. Fear was stopping me before, but now I’ve left the comforts of my day job to act and produce [film] full time. I’ve officially been doing it for about 4 weeks now. It’s quite an adjustment, but I’m growing in so many ways.
How do you deal with fear, doubt and worry?
I pray about it; talk with friends and family; and just push through it. Even when I’m afraid, I just do it anyway.
Who or what inspires you to stay motivated?
Wanting to be all that God created me to be. My mentor Damian Boyd and my friends and family who constantly offer me encouragement and stay on me about pushing forward. Fellow entertainers who are pushing forward in their craft. My own drive for perfection and innate sense of responsibility.
What steps are you taking towards reaching your goals?
I quit my “day job”. Now, I get up every morning and do a little bit of each thing that I need to do:
– read scripts that are potential projects I could audition for – act “as if” I’ve already gotten the opportunity to audition
– stay abreast of what’s going on
– watch films; study the craft
– put myself on tape where I can for auditions and find a way to craftily get my tape into the casting director
– looking for auditions each day
– staying abreast of what’s out there
– networking at film festivals
– watching films
– reading scripts that have been submitted to my company
– meeting w/ writers, directors, & producers about current projects