The original QUEEN of comedy, Debra Wilson kept me laughing when she appeared on Madtv but now she keeps me aspired as she lets me get to know the woman behind the smile.
C.J: Are you still doing comedy or serious roles? Do you feel you get typed cast because of your comedic career?
D.W: I’M DOING ROLES THAT APPEAL TO ME. COMEDY OR DRAMA. IT DOESN’T MATTER AS LONG AS I VIBRATE WITH THE MATERIAL. IT WOULDN’T BE BASED ON MY CAREER THAT I WOULD GET TYPE CAST. RATHER BASED ON MY LOOKS, AS IS THE HOLLYWOOD STANDARD OF ETHNICITY, BEAUTY, AGE, ETC. ALL ACTORS ARE PAR FOR THE COURSE IN THAT REGARD.
C.J: What have you been working on career wise?
D.W.: I WORKED ON THE FIRST SEASON OF “BLACK DYNAMITE” ON THE CARTOON NETWORK’S ADULT SWIM, AND HOPING TO VOICE MORE CHARACTERS FOR SEASON 2. I’VE WORKED ON A NUMBER OF INDEPENDENT FEATURES; “KNOCK ‘EM DEAD”, “MIDLIFE” AND “UNTOLD” AND I VOICE QUITE A FEW VIDEO GAMES.I VOICED AN ANIMATED FEATURE FOR THE VIDEO MARKET CALLED “JUNGLE SHUFFLE” AND GUEST STARRED ON THE CBS SITCOM, “TWO BROKE GIRLS”.
C.J.: What made you change your style, tattoos? Clothing and hair?
D.W: CHANGE IS INEVITABLE AND I DON’T HAVE A “STYLE”. I SIMPLY AM WHO I AM. MY SPIRITUAL SELF IS MANIFESTED OUTWARD AS MY PHYSICAL SELF. I DIDN’T CHANGE MY TATTOOS. I CREATED MORE ‘SACRED MARKS’ ON MY BODY… ALOT MORE. I LOVE MY TATTOOS. THEY’RE A HUGE PART OF THE SKIN I WAS MEANT TO BE IN. I SHAVED OFF MY DREADLOCKS APRIL OF LAST YEAR TO SURRENDER THEIR OLD ENERGY AND TO SYMBOLICALLY, KEEP MY CROWN CHAKRA OPEN TO THE VIBRATION AND COUNSEL OF MOTHERFATHER CREATOR. I AM NO LONGER DEFINED BY THE COSMETICS OF MY HAIR. SORT OF THE WAY BUDDHIST MONKS HAVE SHAVED HEADS OR SHORN HAIR.
C.J: What should people know about this business that isn’t being told? Scams?
D.W.: I CANNOT ANSWER THAT QUESTION. ANYONE WHO VIBRATES THE ARTS AND WANTS TO DO IT PROFESSIONALLY SHOULD FOLLOW THAT PATH AND TRUST GOD’S PLANS TO REVEAL HIS OR HER TRUE SELF THROUGH HIS OR HER’S PASSION. BY ONES FREE WILL, INSTINCT AND SPIRITUAL VIBRATION, ONE WILL EVENTUALLY RECOGNIZE AND ACT UPON EACH EXPERIENCE AND FIND THE MAKE AND MEASURE OF WHO HE OR SHE TRULY IS, AND WHAT ONE TRULY WANTS. GOING INTO A JOURNEY HEADLONG WILL SUPPORT DISCOVERY, INCLUDING SELF DISCOVERY. ONE WILL KNOW SOON ENOUGH WHAT IS REAL AND WHAT IS THE GREAT HOLLYWOOD ILLUSION AND/OR SCAM.
C.J: Is there a way to secure your future in entertainment, since new talent emerges every day?
D.W: THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS “SECURITY” IN THE THREE DIMENSIONAL, MATERIAL WORLD. IT DOESN’T EXIST. GOD CREATES EVERYTHING ON THE PLANET AND THROUGHOUT THE UNIVERSE, TO CHANGE. THERE IS NO CONSTANT OTHER THAN CHANGE, THEREFORE THERE IS NO SECURITY. ALL ANY OF US CAN DO, ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY OR OTHERWISE, IS TO HOLD EACH MOMENT AND OPPORTUNITY IN SACRED, HUMBLE GRATITUDE AND CREATE SOMETHING MUCH LARGER, MORE BEAUTIFUL, MORE MEANINGFUL, THAN WHAT WE ORIGINALLY HAD OR PERCEIVED IT TO BE.
Well I know one thing that has “Security” Debra’s longevity in being a foundation that makes me laugh with the roles she takes on, the kindness of her letting me do this interview to get to know the woman behind the smile and her engaging appearance that tells the story of how to BE your own BEING.