We had the good fortune of connecting with Tyra Gabrielle Morrison (Tyra The Creative) and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tyra Gabrielle Morrison, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I wouldn’t be who I am now if I didn’t take risks. My entire life has been fueled by risk-taking. Im originally from Louisiana, and I took a risk to move to the East Coast. Now, this may not be big for some, but it was for me. I grew up in a very small tight knit community, so when I decided to move away, I was leaving the comfort of my little “box”. Leaving a world of close-mindedness – that I honestly didn’t know was within me.
I think taking risks is one of the most powerful things you can do, because it really shows how much faith you have in God. Any time I’m thinking about doing something wild, crazy, or new.. if it makes my heart drop and I feel fearful, I take a deep breath, and I prepare myself to do it because I know that its something I need to overcome and something that will get me closer to where God wants me to be in life.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a professional actress. You can find me on various national commercials and on the hit Netflix Original Sitcom, Family Reunion. I play a flashback character, Young Amelia. A younger version of the show’s matriarch, M’Dear, played by Loretta Devine. But, when im not on set, I am creating my own content as a Youtuber and Digital Content Creator. I have a Youtube channel where I post educational videos and comedy skits and sketches. It’s my outlet as a creative.
I am a firm believer that we shouldn’t wait for a casting director to see our talent, or give us an opportunity, we have all that we need right in our hands, and I think its very important that we create art no matter the medium and no matter the circumstances. I think this is what sets me apart, my mindset. There are so many actors who get caught up in the industry, or sad that they are not cast in anything, when they have the ability to cast themselves and create their own theatre! Now, this is not an easy task and it takes a lot of discipline and determination to make money in this way when you are trying to get your acting career off the ground. But, in my opinion it’s worth it.
So, my mission as a Digital Creator is to create resources for Black Creatives who want to escape fear and share their creativity with the world without compromising their faith in God, their integrity, their uniqueness, and most importantly without breaking the bank. So, on my channel you’ll find educational videos about the entertainment industry, videos on how to make money as a freelancer, because as an actress, you need to have time to audition, its very hard, but not impossible, to juggle a 9-5 and an acting career. But, to each their own. I’m not working a 9-5 and I say this because, I actually had one when I moved out here to LA, and I got fired the week before I auditioned for Family Reunion. Now, if I wouldn’t have lost this job, being that this audition was my first in LA, I probably wouldn’t have taken off work for it. I didn’t know the gravity of this audition at the time either.. so, I believe if I would have still had that job, I wouldn’t have been cast in Family Reunion.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Im all about cultural immersion. I’m not interested in the touristy things, and my friends know that. If it’s touristy, I probably won’t be in attendance doing that activity. But, if I were to show my friends the best time ever here’s what we would do:
-Have lunch at the Hollywood Lake Park so they can view the hollywood sign up close.
-Ride the PCH up to Malibu and find somewhere to just take in the sights., then go on a wine safari out there, they’re amazing
-Go on a foodie walking tour in Koreatown, honestly, the food there is amazing and as long as you have Korean BBQ, Bao Buns, and Boba, you’re good in my book.
-Go to the Americana and see a movie.
As you can see, chill vibes are the best for me!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would love to give a shout out to my First Lady, Robbin Hardy. She passed away in 2020 due to Covid-19. And, I always attribute my ambitious dreams to her. When I was young, I attended a church lock in with other young girls and we did this one activity that changed my life forever.
We created Dream Books, which simply was a book of dreams. At the time, I was about 11 years old, and I didn’t necessarily know that dreams could come true and I didn’t know the power of manifestation, or writing it down and making it plain. We spent all day creating these books filled with our dreams, and I had an epiphany moment, I said to myself “Everything in this book CAN actually come true.” And, that was one of the greatest days of my life. Ever since that day, I have had my dream book with me and I fill it with all that my heart desires. Its just AMAZING to see how many of my dreams have already come true! It shows just how amazing God is and how he’s been with me every step of the way.
I thank her for instilling in me the power of radical dreaming, it has really fueled my life ever since.
Other: Podcast: Affirmations for Black Girls https://anchor.fm/affirmationsforblackgirls