We had the good fortune of connecting with Joy Sunday and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Joy, do you have any habits that you feel contribute to your effectiveness?
Making sure to renew my faith in my talents and abilities has born the brunt of a lot of my success. When I’m confident about my work, I want it to go places, and so I do what I need to to make sure it gets there. I’ve noticed that when I’m faltering in self-confidence or feeling invalidated, I falter in my consistency because the urgency isn’t there. But those lucky days when I feel in my heart that my dream will be my reality, the path becomes clearer and I trust and hold myself to walking it. That means I make sure I have enough time to shine, that I’m keeping myself sharp and curious, that I’ve done my research so that I can feel fully prepared to do my best, because I know it’s mine. My self-confidence is rooted in plenty of self-accountability and openness to learning. I’m always seeking enrichment because it keeps me excited about the world and all the corners of it I can explore (which extends to my art). So whatever’s piqueing my interest at the moment, I pursue it. And that might not always necessarily be acting! Currently, I’ve been into culinary arts and teaching myself languages. It’s just the little I do every day that helps me feel like I’m something to be excited about, and something to share.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Getting where I am today has been a steady ride. I was blessed to hit the ground running with a great manager pretty soon after I changed tracks from producing to acting. From there on, it was always about doing the work and doing it well. My consistency and dedication to precise execution placed my reps faith in me pretty early on, and since then it’s been a symbiotic relationship. They campaign for me tirelessly, and I deliver, and when it works, it works! I’ve been acting professionally for 4 years now, which has been enough time for me to reap the benefits of seeds I sowed long ago. That one short film I almost didn’t do, or monologue competitions I didn’t win– they have all brought returns. All of them! So I’m learning more every day to keep saying yes, even when gratification doesn’t seem obvious. I didn’t start with much else but the values my family instilled in me. I never imagined this life for myself when I was studying acting in high school. I had given up on my love of performing, faced with the giants of nepotism and racism that were pervasive in my program even then. My teenage self would be so proud and very astonished at who I am. I hope to stay lucky. But I will always stay grateful.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would take them to iXLB Dimsum Eats, Tsujita LA, Salaya Plant-Based Kitchen (!!!vegan hot wings!!!), Now on 9 Thai Bistro, Hungry Joes in Inglewood, Veronica’s Kitchen… okay, enough about food. I have a soft spot for Manhattan Beach, and Santa Barbara has recently changed my life! I also love going to my friends’ shows. Don’t discount the creativity you can find in every corner of LA, especially the ones without shiny marquees!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My family is the driving force of my passion. The love they surrounded me with growing up is the reason why I pursue my passions so fearlessly, and I can’t be grateful enough to them. Everything I do is in the hopes that one day I can bless them with the abundance and ease they granted me. My lovely friends- I’m too lucky to have their genuine love, care, and support. It’s not lost on me how fortunate I am to have been able to grow such a large family in a city I started out in alone. My reps, and especially my manager, Elle Maney (<<<3) – I don’t know anyone like them and I’ll be pressed to find others who could do half they do! They fight for me, they’re such generous cheerleaders, and they keep me up even when I’ve not got much to be excited for.
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