We had the good fortune of connecting with Candice Lenoir and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Candice, career-wise, where do you want to be in the end?
The end goal is to have a legacy. I want to build something that my children, children, children can be proud of. Something that says I was here. I would love to have an impact on my community, the people I love, and the world. By the end of my career professionally I want to still enjoy what I love to do. But I would love to be someone that can open doors for others. Be a conduit for other people’s dreams. Break down barriers and create opportunities. I would love to be a household name and I would love for my Production Company to produce films that inspire others to live and tell their truths.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I like to say that I’m an Artist/Creator. Acting is my first love, however, I’m an artist and I create various art forms. I’m most proud of right now is my book. “Being Number One: Overcoming Obstacles and Healing Your Inner Child”. I’m proud of this, because it’s my truth, unapologetically and authentically. The work it took to put it on paper and the vulnerability it took to share it with the world made me a better human. I’m normally a private person, open but private, so this was a big step for me. Also, people who have read it and shared their thoughts or appreciated that book because it helped them in some way, truly makes my heart warm. I’m most excited about my Scholarship Foundation “Your Path Scholarship” for the 2020/2021 school year we awarded three students with $500 dollar scholarships. This has been something I wanted to do for many years. I’m excited because it helped students who are artists attending HBCU’s in some way towards their dreams. We hope to award more students for the 2021/2022 school year.
There have been many twists and turns to get me where I am today professionally. I received my MBA from Florida A&M University and worked in Corporate America for 18 years. A great percentage of that time, I was also pursuing my acting career, so I was trying to balance both. What I learned in business, I finally learned how to apply to myself as a product. I’m still working on it. I can sell or market the hell out of a product, but when it came to me doing it for myself, I had stops. I wasn’t a person who liked to toot my own horn perse. But I’m learning how to do it in a way I feel authentic and good about. So it hasn’t been easy. There are a lot of ups and downs, twists and turns. Some things require you to pivot, which I believe we all had to do in 2020.
Overcoming the challenges is something that you will have to consistently do. I’ve started looking at the challenges more like opportunities to learn something. When I look at it like that, it allows me to create and think outside the box on how to make a thing happen versus the other side, when you just see it as one more thing keeping you away from your goal. Honestly there were and are many challenges, but shifting my perspective has helped. Asking for help has helped. Being pliable and giving myself permission to pivot, has definitely helped. Sometimes we get stuck thinking there is only one way to get to our destination. However there are alternate routes, we just have to be open to see them. Sometimes that alternate route is you creating your own road.
The lesson I’ve learned along the way is that the only way you fail is if you don’t try. In fact fail forward, because if you don’t fail sometimes you don’t learn and grow. Failing again is perspective. I’ve also learned that doing things that are in alignment with your purpose, gives you the energy to move forward, even if things are tough. In fact, when things come up, I ask myself how does this serves me and my purpose. Does this thing bring me joy? Lastly saying “No” give you the opportunity to say “YES” to the things you really want to do and to yourself. You can’t give from an empty vessel and often we don’t pour into ourselves.
What I would want the world to know about me is my Raison Detre’ (My Purpose).
I am power, I speak life, I’m a game-changer, I am an influencer. I am here to influence and aspire to inspire others. I’m able to do that because I’m walking in my purpose. My purpose is to make people believe that they can do whatever their hearts and minds are set to. I do that by being true to myself, loving myself, choosing myself, and doing what brings me joy. When I do that, my light penetrates through to others. My gifts as an Artist, Storyteller, Creator, and Speaker share the truth and change lives. My life inspires a generation of Women and Men, girls and boys. God has placed something special in me…it’s a waste not to share it.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
This makes me think I need to go out more. Ok so I’m bad with names of places, but I’ll set up the scenery. I would of course take them on a hike most likely Runyon Canyon. We will spend time at the beach, I like Malibu Beach for the day and Dockweiler for an evening bonfire or gathering with friends. Because I’m a Chicago girl and they have a Harold’s here with a bar, we for sure will go to that. We will do a Malibu wine tasting. I love when they have concerts at the Hollywood Bowl. Since I’m not getting into bike riding, We will do a little of that on one of the beach’s boardwalk. If day parties come back, we will have to check that out. Also, I love art and want to visit more museums and art museums here. I use to do poetry so, I would want to find a cool poetry spot and spend time in Leimert Park and the outdoor events they have. For my friends that have a sweet tooth, we will definitely stop at “Southern Girl Desserts”. They are delicious! Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Wow, there are so many people I know personally, and from reading books that I can shout out. I believe they all have helped me in some way. I will start with my parents and stepfather. Although they are not with me, I always knew I was loved. My family-My grandmothers and aunts poured so much into me after my mother passed. They were my teachers on how to move through difficult times and not give up. They showed me how to keep my joy despite hard times. The male family members in my life showed me love and encouraged me. They always trusted that I could do anything I set my mind to. They are examples of great men and how to recognize great men. My sisters and cousins, because of them it makes me want to do my best. I’ve always wanted them to know that anything is possible. My basketball coach Mr. Maniatis taught me how to control the controllable, not just in becoming a great athlete, but how that applies to life also. So much of what I learned in sports I apply to my life. My acting coaches Joel Rooks and Richard Lawson have taught me so many pearls in trusting myself and trusting in my talent. Knowing that I’m enough. My G4L’s a group of girlfriends who have always supported my creative endeavors emotionally and financially and have encouraged me to keep going. My Sorority Sisters of Delta Sigma Theta. Through this organization, I’ve met so many dynamic women who on their own journey are awesome. Iron Sharpen Iron and they challenge me to be the best me. My artist community and the friends I’ve garnered from it. These are people I get to dream big with and think outside the box without any judgment. Gosh, and the list can go on and on. My childhood best friend Paris and her mom were so intricate in my younger years. They exposed me so much as a kid. I have friends who have touched me and supported me on this journey, rather it’s been directly or indirectly.
Books that I reread to this day. “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho, “The Shack” by William P. Young, “Becoming” by Michelle Obama. There are others of course. I love books that teach you about yourself and want you to be the best version of yourself.
Facebook: @CandiceLenoir (Personal) and @CandiceLLenoir (Artist Page)
Other: Link to my scholarship foundation: https://app.goingmerry.com/scholarships/your-path-scholarship-2021/9251