We had the good fortune of connecting with Vanessa Graddick and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Vanessa, do you disagree with some advice that is more or less universally accepted?
This isn’t necessarily a piece of advice but I hear it all the time. “No Days Off.” I think that days off are needed to recharge, rest and reflex. You can only be the best version of yourself when you take time out for yourself. Then get back to work.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a comedian, actor, writer and whatever other hat I need to wear at the time. In the business of entertainment you kind of have to be able to do it all if you want a chance and success. This business can be dog eat dog at times, and it is difficult hearing a thousand no’s before getting to that one yes. But it is worth it to do something that I love. I am most proud of never giving up. That is what I have learned through it all is perseverance is key. There were so many times I wanted to throw in the towel and go get a regular stable job, but each and every time I said I’d give it one more shot, I was blessed with an opportunity that let me know I am walking in my purpose. And I’m not done yet!

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If my best friend were visiting we would more than likely spend a ton of time hanging out at one of my friend’s houses. We are at the point where game nights are our idea of a good time. She would kill me if we didn’t go to Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles at least twice during the week. We would check out a basketball game at Staples Center or a football game depending on the season. And somewhere in the mix we would find a good Karaoke night and old school dance party.

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 dedicate my shoutout to my mother. Also my community. I am from St. Paul, MN and grew up with a community of people who always supported and encouraged me to do great things. They say “it takes a village,” and my village was pretty dope.

Website: vanessagraddick.com

Instagram: @vanessagraddick

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