Discover How Octavia Spencer Pushes Past Adversity to Reach Her Dreams

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For many years, Octavia Spencer worked steadily in pursuit of a long successful career and is now enjoying the hard-won fruits of her labor as a result.

The Hollywood star told Variety that her apparent overnight success was actually 15 years of vigorous work and relationship building behind the scenes.

“It took me 15 years to become an overnight success,” said Spencer. “That’s the case for the majority of people. It took a little time, a lot of relationships. Building relationships with the people I worked with. I don’t take it for granted.”

Spencer said that her passion for acting fuels her ambition and is what keeps her motivated to pursue her personal and professional goals.

“It’s passion. It’s a part of who I am, it’s in my DNA. Content is very important. People want to be entertained. We have to remember to allow for escapism — especially in these dark times,” she says. “I’m excited about the prospect of getting to continue to do what I love.”

The award-winning actor gained acclaim for her performances in movies such as The Help, Hidden Figures and The Shape of Water. However, the multi-talented performer has now moved on to realizing another dream of hers: producing.

Spencer’s first producer credit was on Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station, and has since received executive producer credit for Green Book, and more recently, Apple TV Plus’ Truth Be Told and the Netflix movie Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker.


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Self Made, The story of Madam CJ Walker will premiere March 20th on Netflix. Hope to see you there!!

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Spencer’s hard work has certainly paid off, and her determination and devotion to her craft is an inspiration to those us who continue to strive for our goals in the face of hardship.