Magazine article Ebony

5 Questions For: Tonya Pinkins

Magazine article Ebony

5 Questions For: Tonya Pinkins

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Fourteen years ago, actress Tonya Pinkins surpassed even her loftiest dreams. She won a Tony Award in 1992 for her Broadway performance in Jelly's Last Jam. She was in top physical shape. She was married to the love of her life and had beautiful children. Her home was a veritable showcase. Suddenly it all came to an end with a crescendo-like flourish. She divorced and became a single morn who struggled to find work and depended on welfare to survive. But she clawed her way back to the top. Today the 43-year-old actress, who has been featured on ABC's All My Children, instructs a workshop that helps performers deal with "the psychology of success" and teaches them to let go of insecurity. She has written an inspirational and motivational book, Get Over Yourself! How to Drop the Drama and Claim the Life You Deserve, for people from all walks of life. In an interview with Ebony, Pinkins talks about the book, and tells us how she reclaimed her life and how you can, too, in this New Year.

1. What led you to write this book?

An editor from Hyperion books sat in on my class and asked if it was only for actors. I explained that the class is for everyone, but I initially geared it toward actors because many are unsuccessful in the business of running their lives.

2. Tell us about the process of writing Get Over Yourself: How to Drop the Drama and Claim the Life You Deserve.

It was simple. It's all about self-discovery and figuring out how we exist in the world, and changing that so that the world starts changing around us. It's as simple as finding words like "I get to do this" instead of "I have to do this." When someone offers you a compliment, take a moment to stand in agreement with him or her and say, "That's true. Thank you." When you want to move something out of your life, start by no longer thinking about it. …

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