Born: August 14, 1966, Cleveland, Ohio, US | Successful For: Actress | Zodiac Sign: Leo
Inner Keys to Success:
- GO AGAINST THE ODDS AND EMBRACE THE UNDERDOG IN YOU: Halle Berry’s parents divorced when she was only 4 and she was raised exclusively by her mom. She has been estranged from her father since childhood, and does not know if he is even alive as she hasn’t ever heard from him. In high school, Berry attended an almost all-white public school, and was the victim to discrimination at an early age. These trials with racism certainly drove and influenced her desire to succeed. “There have been so many people who have said to me ‘You can’t do that,’ but I’ve had an innate belief that they were wrong. Be unwavering and relentless in your approach.” Facing adversity of being a minority, she found a way to succeed in Hollywood even though she was African American. This of course, was a difficult stereotype to overcome but the path needed to be paved. She took home an Academy Award which made her the first woman of African American descent to have won the Best Actress Award. In her acceptance speech, she inspired the entire world saying “This moment is so much bigger than me. This is for every nameless, faceless woman of color who now has a chance tonight because this door has been opened.” Halle Berry became a role model setting a strong precedent and really helped shape a landscape for African Americans to enter the industry. She stated that “There is a place in me that can really relate to being the underdog.” She has also been a Revlon spokeswoman for over a decade, and contributed significantly to changing the global look for beauty and pushed the message that black woman can be sexy too.
- SEARCH FOR YOUR DEEPEST DESIRES; KNOW WHAT YOU WANT, KNOWLEDGE IS POWER: Halle Berry was an ambitious teen and always on the hunt. In high school, she was an honors member, an editor for the school paper, the head cheerleader, the class president and was even crowned as the prom queen. After high school, she worked in the children’s department at Higbee’s Department store. Realizing her potential, she attended a Community College studying journalism while representing Ohio in a beauty pageant and the following year she was runner-up in the USA Pageant being the first Black American in the Miss World Competition. In the pageant interview, she said she hoped to become an entertainer or to have something to do with the media and her interview was awarded the highest scores. She began to have a clearer picture and decided to pursue something she had a deeper interest in and decided to leave to Chicago and eventually New York City. Berry disregarded her pursuit in journalism prior to finishing her degree and chose to wholeheartedly dedicate her time to a career in modeling and eventually acting. “If you set out to do something and you give it your all and it doesn’t work out, be willing to modify your goal slightly. Have the ability to look in another direction. A small shift could guide you to the real purposes of your life.” Always hungry for more, Halle Berry now finds giving back a real opportunity and desire. She has supported an array of different Charities including the Afghanistan Relief Organization and the Diabetes Awareness (she is a type 1 diabetic herself). Halle Berry looking hindsight stated “I think it’s always best to be who you are.”
- HAVE CONFIDENCE AND SELF WORTH IN WHO YOU ARE: Born to an African-American father and a Caucasian mother, Berry mentioned that her background was “painful and confusing” . She later made the decision to live as a black woman because she knew that’s how she was perceived. Her confidence would pave roads for others. “I’ve always been honest, even when I haven’t had good times in my life or my movie bombed or I’ve had great success. I’ve owned up to all of it.” Along with many ups, she’s certainly had her downs which she learned to embrace. In 89′, she ran out of money and had to live briefly in a homeless shelter. And during a set, she lapsed into a coma and was diagnosed with diabetes. She was even awarded the “worst actress” Razzie Award to which she confidently appeared in person, making her the third person to ever do so. And with a joyful attitude she had her Academy in one hand with the Razzie in the other and boldly stated “When I was a kid, my mother told me that if you could not be a good loser, then there’s no way you could be a good winner.” Her approach to criticism makes her a very confident woman and Halle is no shy pushover either. When she won an Oscar, the Revlon Chief congratulated her saying how happy he was that she was a model for his company which was followed by him storming away from her response, “Of course, you’ll have to pay me more.” She certainly knows what she’s worth and is rightfully one of the most highly paid actresses in the movie industry and she has even been involved in the production side of several of the films. “I think I’ve evolved into someone pretty confident – in myself and in my skin.”
“What’s the worst that can happen? If it doesn’t do well I can put on my big girl panties, deal with it, and move on.” – Halle Berry
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