The narrative of child stars entering the entertainment industry with promising careers but struggling with the Hollywood lifestyle when they enter adulthood is all too common amongst actors. In a new book penned by actress Kim Fields, she shares how she prevented hitting the same roadblocks that her counterparts did while coming of age in the entertainment industry, Fox News reported.
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Fields— best known for her roles on shows like Facts of Life and Living Single—recently released a book titled Blessed Life that chronicles her early beginnings in Harlem and her journey in the entertainment industry, the news outlet writes. In the autobiography, she recounts how when she first started auditioning for roles she lacked confidence because she thought her race would prevent her from being cast. “I was a little girl, I was a little black girl, and I walked into this sea of television-ready white girls. The perfect blonde hair or brown eyes, blue eyes. And I just felt like, ‘I’m not supposed to be here,” she said, according to the source.
As she grew older, took on more roles, and established a successful acting career, Fields dealt with body shaming behind the scenes. She says the media “wasn’t very kind” and she and her castmates were often called out for gaining weight. In Blessed Life, she credits her family and others who were close to her with keeping her well-grounded as she transitioned into womanhood. She also says her tribe played an integral role in preventing her from indulging in a wild Hollywood lifestyle that many of the other teenagers in the industry were pulled into.
“When I was unsure, when the waters just seemed to be so uncharted… And so for me, I didn’t want to be a statistic. I didn’t want to be a has-been. There was a little ego involved,” Fields told Fox News.
Fields’ career in front of the camera has opened doors for her to expand her repertoire and sit in the director’s chair. Some of her director credits include Living Single, Kenan and Kel, and Tyler Perry’s House of Payne. She recently directed and starred in the lifetime move Wrapped Up in Christmas.
Although Fields has spent decades in the industry, she has no intentions of slowing down anytime soon. She told the outlet that she’s “passionate about the gifts and talents that have been given to her” and wants to continue to leave her mark on the entertainment industry.
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SOURCE: Fox News