We had the good fortune of connecting with Lyn Sisson-Talbert and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Lyn, alright, let’s jump in with a deep one – what’s you’re definition for success?

The ability to say “No” is a true marker of success and it’s something that I have worked towards in my career. “No” is a powerful word and can also be freeing. I can choose to pursue projects, tell stories, or collaborate with others entirely on my own accord. There is no longer a cloud of suffering through a situation out of necessity.

When you enter any industry, there are a million things that may dictate the career decisions you make, from financial considerations to job growth opportunities. All of which are external factors that, no matter how inevitable, distract us on our journey. A project can be extremely financially rewarding, but if it will take a toll on my spirit then it’s not worth it. I’ve been in positions where I’ve had to take those jobs before. That’s why my goal has always been to ascend from the question, “What do I have to do?”, and reach, “What do I want to do?”

When you have the power to say “no”, you get to explore what makes you say “yes”. I can’t get my time back, and time is an invaluable commodity. Today, I say “yes” to the experience. So, now, being able to say, “No” to a potential problem, but “Yes” to me, that’s golden. That’s success.

Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
What sets me apart is my unique perspective. My voice. My style of storytelling. I think that everyone can stand out, it’s all about being authentic to your experiences and what you bring to the table. No one can do you better than you. In my work, I believe that the authenticity, or my voice, shines most through the attention to detail. It’s adding my touch to everything I’m a part of. From storytelling to wardrobe, from production design to hair and makeup, everything should tell a story. That’s something that I take pride in.

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 one. Because, of course, it depends on the person. I love to eat. So that’s always the move. A long time favorite spot is a Vietnamese restaurant called Crustaceans. The garlic roasted crab with garlic noodles is the ULTIMATE! I also love a good concert. Whether it’s music or a comedy show, I’ve had such fun experiences and I have eclectic taste. Al Green, Burt Bacharach, Babyface, New Edition, Bruno Mars, and Barry Manilow. You wouldn’t think I would be attending all of these shows, but I’m so there. I’m also a mom, so if I find myself going out it’s usually with my baby boy, Elias! Which means I know all the fun spots for kids. Disneyland, Six Flags, Miniature City, beaches, we do it all. And, at the end of the day, it’s LA. You can never run out of fun things to do.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
More than anything, I owe my gratitude to the amazing black audiences who have supported me and my work from the very beginning, even when it felt like others didn’t value my voice. This includes the beautiful people of color that are my family, friends, mentors – any and everyone who has paved a way to help me on my journey.  Thank you!

Website: www.lynsissontalbert.com

Instagram: @LynSissonTalbert

Twitter: @LynTalbert

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LynSissonTalbert

Image Credits
D’Andre Michael (Headshot and Stairs Photo) , Gareth Gatrell (Film Set Photo)

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