We had the good fortune of connecting with Tiffany Yvonne Cox and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tiffany Yvonne, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I knew that I wanted my stories to be for more than just entertainment. I wanted them to be a discussion that led to action. Little did I realize, that a tough, honest, and beautiful conversation between myself (a Black 1st Generation Trinidadian Woman) and a police officer would turn into a short film supporting empathy and allyship. Once I created the short, I wanted to be sure that the experience and conversation I had was one that others could replicate. I brainstormed with a friend, and realized how many conversations we don’t have in fear of opposing opinions. The conversation I had with the police officer opened up a can of worms but more importantly he saw me and I was amazed that I saw him. Imagine what would happen if we all took time to do that within our communities? And that is where The Roadside Assistance Workshop came from. A safe online retreat to grow and nurture empathy through reflective conversations and time with your inner voice.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As an actor and creator I have had to figure out how to stand out. That is something that is never easy. How do you authentically shine. I realized that is the answer. Be myself! What that looks like is bringing a piece of my lived experience to every role. If it is a mom, I think about the courage to have a homebirth during a pandemic. If it is an event coordinator I wrap in my life of producing and rubbing two dimes together to make a dollar. I started saying yes to me in the clothes I wear to rep a character and even cut my hair without apology to commemorate where I am at in this time of my life. So many people have opinions about your look and what the studios want. But when we boil anything down, what audiences want is honesty and seeing themselves in those on screen. Being me offers that to them. If there is one thing I want the world to know about my brand is that I truly care about humanity and the dignity of individuals. That is where my work stems from.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Ooooh I am the queen of an itinerary. It is the producer and creator in me :). If my bestie came to LA it would look like this:
Monday – Hike to the Wisdom Tree and if we have energy over to behind the Hollywood sign. And sunset picnic at Barnsdall Art Park
Tuesday – Catalina Island
Wednesday – Return from Catalina and chill at Dockweiler Beach then on our way back to the east side do a quick stop for photos at The Chinese Theatre and then the Hollywood sign
Thursday – Wine Tasting in Malibu at Rosenthal Tasting Room
Friday – Hike in Griffith Park in the morning and dancing at La Descarga at night 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?
I want to dedicate my shout out to the CSH Speak Up! Program. This is a curriculum empowering supportive housing residents to become community leaders. Through monthly workshops, one-on-one coaching, public speaking at community events and advocacy with elected officials, Speak Up advocates develop skills to reclaim their lived-experience stories as messages of hope to create change.
I’d also like to shoutout Anita Andrews Hutchinson the Co-Founder of It Takes a Village Leadership Academy who has been a mentor as I opened my business and production company.
I have to shoutout the pandemic that allowed me to pause and create this business.
Shoutout to my mom and husband who watched my baby boy as I built The Roadside Assistance Workshop from the ground up.
Shoutout to all my artist friends, parish, and Catawba College who supported me in the development of the program through testing it’s content.
Photo 1 Working on set with a fantastic diverse crew. I was hired on for this shoot, but whenever I am producing, I place diversity in my forefront not just for the cast, but for the crew. Photo 2 Marching to support more funding for Supportive Housing in Downtown LA with Homewalk Photo 3 My business The Roadside Assistance Workshop