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Tika Sumpter Poses For ESSENCE
Banger Tika Sumpter is looking BANGIN’ in ESSENCE’s August issue and dishing on her beginnings and life as a working black actress.
Tika Sumpter may play bad girl Candace Young on The Haves and the Have Nots, but the New York native credits being nice to her continued success in Hollywood and appearing in many of our favorite shows and films. For the August issue ofESSENCE, she rocked fall’s hottest denim trends and shared how she became one of the hardest working women in show business.
On Her Odd Jobs Before Acting:
I used to work at a movie theater and sold hams at Honey Baked Ham during the holidays. I sold a ton of hams, and they offered me a regular job there, which I turned down. I feel like anything you do, just do it 100% because then that work ethic will bleed through when it’s time to work on your dreams. I was working in customer service and had a verbally abusive boss. One day I decided to quit and pursue my acting passion with everything I had. One week after quitting I booked One Life to Live.
On Being A Black Woman In Entertainment:
It’s hectic. It’s fun, but it’s mostly just work, work, and work. Everybody’s like, “Oh, do you joke around on set?” I mean, sometimes, but our schedule is so strenuous on that show, so we work really hard and have to just move, but it’s great. I watch Tyler [Perry]. I watch Oprah [Winfrey]. All the people on her team are dream builders, and they believe in other people’s dreams. I feel like this is a home where I feel safe to expand my dreams because these are people who are accessible. They scraped their way to the top. They worked really hard, and they support other people in their camps who want to go beyond just what is right now.