I knew I was happy when I was dancing.
Having a life in transit, I feel like you are always looking out the back window.
My first acting job happened by accident when I was really young.
They didn’t really have a choice because I got jobs acting before anyone could really say anything.
I applied to American Repertory School up at Harvard at got in.
It is important to make your own stuff. Even if you are not an actor, it is important to not stop involving yourself as a creative person.
We make a contract within ourselves as actors or directors or writers about how much of ourselves we let into projects.
Part of the work is determining through what instrument you are playing.
I love films for the fact that it is like working under a microscope. It is sort of like a laboratory.
I had so many different ideas swirling between culture and how to tie things together.
I had been working early in my life in films – since I was 11.
In every character I play, I try to imbibe something. Every film is a learning process for me.
I was in fifth grade and my teacher saw an ad in the paper and took me to the audition after school and I got the part.
It is important to tell good stories. You can tell stories even if they are not huge, epic, and wonderful.
There is extraordinary similarities between the Midwest in America and Europe in that there is this sense of vast, open sky and loneliness and cold.
I want to present interesting stories that don’t qualify themselves just by virtue of their ethnographic type.
America makes up its own mind about what it wants to see.
I hear music as narrative.
It paid my way through college and helped my family out.
Rap is rhythm and poetry. Hip-hop is storytelling and poetry as well.
You can still take the responsibility for being a scribe of your tribe.
I think that I have sold out sometimes.
I think that rap is narrative, when it’s done right.
The camera is interested in what you are thinking as opposed to just what you are doing or saying.
Actors are physical, olympian storytellers and we should be able to create entire landscapes with nothing.
Acting school was summer camp, and I needed concentration camp.
It is important to keep your head up and follow what you believe is right.