We had the good fortune of connecting with Kamel (Kay-mel) Goffin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kamel (Kay-mel), we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
For me taking risks has been essential in my life and my career. The career that I have chosen to be in is a risk all in itself. When you decide to be an actor or any kind of entertainer, you take to that path knowing that there are no set checkpoints that will absolutely make you a success or even a true professional of your craft. Whereas other professions you know that you can go to school for a certain length of time, achieve a degree or certification and you are now that profession whether it be a teacher, doctor or lawyer. Taking risks goes a little deeper for me because taking risks is tied to my faith in God. My level of risk taking is rooted in how much i believe God has me covered and I exhibited that when I quit my city job of 13 years to become a full time actor. I won’t sit here and lie to you and say that it has been easy or sunshine and flowers because it has been the exact opposite. For awhile it felt like hell on earth but God never let me fall and kept His hand on my life the entire time and once I made it out of that season of my life I definitely started to see the flowers and sunshine. To you viewers out there TAKE RISKS! It makes life so much more gratifying. But take calculated risks, make sure you give it thought and you have a plan of action.
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 believe what sets me apart from others is my work ethic and the disciplines I put in place for myself. Right now I am the most proud of the role I had on the Godfather of Harlem. I was able to be in a scene with Forest Whitaker it was a monumental moment of my career. To see him work was so inspiring and motivating. I got to where I am professionally by constantly working on my craft, and not being afraid to make changes to things that aren’t getting me in the doors. No it has not been easy at all, in the acting industry there is no feedback. You go to an audition and you don’t know why you aren’t getting the part, you don’t know if it’s something that you need to change or do better or if you just didn’t fit the role. So that’s the most difficult part. IT is also difficult to keep your confidence up when you haven’t booked a role in a long time. I have overcome the challenges by not being too attached to any one method and in the words of Bruce Lee” being like water ” which allows me to mold myself to the situation as well as knowing that all seasons of life are temporary. A lesson I’ve learned is enjoy the journey its not all about the destination. I want the world to know that my story is one of dedication, perseverance, courage and it has been engineered by God.
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 is a tough question to answer for me at the moment because I moved to Georgia from NYC during the pandemic last year and have yet to really experience the city life here. But if I were in NYC I would take them to an Italian owned pizza shop to get them a real NY slice. Not like the pizza they sell in manhattan for a dollar. Then you have to take them to Times Square to see the lights at night as well as the street performers. Get dressed up to go see a Broadway show and hit up Carmines for dinner. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There’s three people that I want to shoutout because they have played major roles in my career. First I want to shout out Pastor A.R Bernard who has fed my mind and spirit since I was a teenager. His obedience to God and his understanding of the word of God allowed for God to use him to not only change my life (which also gave me the courage to make the decision to become an actor) but to give me valuable tools that I have to use every day in the industry that I am in. Next I want to shout out actor Jamie Hector (who also attends my church). Jamie gave me the information that I needed to start my career. He directed me to the acting school that he attended and also gave me a recommendation letter. I have been an actor for 12 years now and Jamie is still someone that I can turn to when I reach a road block. And last but not least! I want to shout out my wife Lashawnda Goffin who has believed in me from the very beginning. she has shown undying support for me on my journey, she never complains about how much time I have to be away from home or what I have to do playing characters. she is never a burden or a distraction. She also took on a very big financial burden to allow me to quit my job so that I can fully commit to my journey as an actor. I am forever grateful to her.