We had the good fortune of connecting with Tiffany Phillips and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tiffany, how do you think about risk?
In my opinion, if you’re not taking risks, you’re not living. I don’t mean taking dangerous risks that could harm you or someone else but doing those things that we’re afraid to do or think we can’t do. Stepping out of our comfort zone and stepping up. Anything is possible if you truly believe it is. Mediocrity loves company and a lot of people are content living there but for me, my whole career has been a litany of risk-taking. It was a risk for me to leave my small town in Apple Valley California, fresh out of high school to move to New York and pursue my dream of being an actor. It was a risk to do a solo show. It was a risk to start my own production company, my podcast, and the list goes on. Sometimes, it worked out and the risk was worth it. Other times, it may not have panned out the way I wanted but at least I know that I tried. I will say, the things that I was most afraid to do, ended up being the most rewarding.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Well, this “artist’s lfe” hasn’t been the most consistent or “stable” one but it certainly has been an adventure! I’ve been fortunate enough to see the world while touring with Michael Bolton as his backing vocalist, performed in front of legends like Muhammad Ali and Diana Ross, and I’ve made friendships, and bonds with people that I know I’ll have for the rest of my life. I believe in creating your own, rather than waiting for someone to give it to you. My path in the entertainment industry has absolutely not been an easy one and I’ve “thrown in the towel” too many times to count. lol But I always keep coming back because I love what I do. Or maybe I’m a glutton for punishment? ha Either way, I’m in this because I chose to be and nothing that’s worth it ever comes easy, right? Unless you’re Steven Speilberg’s niece, of course. lol
As a Black actress, with an “ethnically ambiguous” look in an industry that constantly wants to put you in a box, I’ve had had some pretty unique experiences where I’ve played numerous different ethnicities, yet I’m still not quite “specific” enough. This has worked for me and against me in different ways. I took those experiences (Most of them comical) and turned them into an award-winning web series aptly called “Ethnically Ambiguous” which can be seen on YouTube. If anyone in this industry has ever said to you “We just don’t know what to do with you,” then show them.
My hope is that with all of this “diversity casting,” they also take into consideration those actors who, by appearance, don’t look like one specific ethnicity, changing the stereotypes inherent in writing and casting roles. I see the change I want where I’m not being typecast and elevating more opportunities for diversity in the casting of standard characters where actors of color, from different backgrounds, can be the hero. We live in a world where just about everyone is mixed with something and Black, Latino, Asian, etc. people come in all different shades with different features. Not every Latina looks like Sophia Vergara and wears red 24/7 and not all Asians look like Jackie Chan and know martial arts, etc. I would love to see that reflected in TV and film because that’s the real world.
I’m super excited about the launch of my new podcast “Self Deprecated with Tiffany Phillips.” It was released on April 1st and it’s available on all podcast platforms, Spotify, iTunes, Google Podcasts, and iHeart Radio, etc. I created this podcast to spark some joy during a time when we all need it most. I’d like to call this my “Pandemic Baby.” Ha Laughter is a healer and the thing about laughter is that it doesn’t always have to be at someone else’s expense. This podcast is called Self Deprecated because true maturity and confidence come from the ability to laugh, at ourselves. I’ll be bringing on some of the most interesting people you may never have heard of but you’ll want to know more about them after you listen to their episodes. No topic is off-limits and taking yourself too seriously is strictly prohibited. Episodes are released weekly (Thursdays) and trust me, there will never be a dull moment. Be sure you subscribe for your weekly doses of self-deprecated humor!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Gotta do that Runyon Canyon hike followed by brunch at Granville with some bottomless mimosas then we’d take a drive to Malibu, rent some bikes to ride on the beach, finishing off the day at Duke’s to enjoy some good food and watch the sunset. A perfect day in L.A.!
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?
First and foremost, my parents Evelyn Pradia-Moore and Mike Phillips. I wouldn’t be the woman I am today if it weren’t for their unconditional love and support. Sadly, I lost them both in 2018 and 2019 but I know that they’re always with me and I hope I’m making them proud. I also want to thank Becky Herrington of BH Marketing firm who played an integral part in the creation of my podcast, couldn’t have done it without her and the whole BH Marketing team! Thank you to the amazing Liz Svatek who “shouted me out” for this article. Be sure to check out her podcast “Warrior Women” on all platforms. My dear friend Julieanne O’Connor who emcee’d my podcast launch and has always been a source of inspiration and unconditional love, support & friendship for me. Check out her book, “Spelling It Out For Your Man!” My manager Jennifer Pressley at CSP Management for simplye being awesome and always believing in me. Every person who has taken the time to listen to my podcast or leave a review. The “More Than Me” community of powerful and uplifting women supporting women. This list could go on and on because I have so many people in my life that I’m grateful for! This could seriously turn into a novel. lol So I’ll just leave it here, for now, you know who you are! 🙂
Instagram: @iamtiffanyp / @selfdeprecatedpodcast / @eatheseries
Other: Self Deprecated with Tiffany Phillips Podcast https://apple.co/3rC6DcG Available on all podcast platforms
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