Behind The Scenes

Gaming up with McKinley Freeman: Acting, Perseverance, and Success

“I don’t start down the road of anything without the expectation of being great at it. And then [I commit] myself to do the work to get there,” says McKinley Freeman, still in his crimson red basketball uniform.

McKinley is one of the stars of the Vh1 drama Hit The Floor, and I — well, I visit my mother’s job and eat the free food.

I am a writer, and I thought McKinley’s perspective on acting would be insightful for readers.

During our interview, we sit on the bleachers, overlooking the Devil’s arena film set, discussing the power of perseverance. For nearly three hours before our interview, McKinley and his two co-stars Robert Christopher Riley and Adam Senn sprinted up and down the basketball court, filming multiple takes of their scenes.

It’s now lunchtime, and McKinley is barely out of breath.

 “If I don’t get there, that’s fine.” He shrugs. “I’ve done the work. I’m okay with failure, but I’m not ok with not doing the work.

A willingness to make mistakes is one of the 5 Elements of Success.

I understand his perspective on handwork and perseverance. I’m the daughter of an artist, and I’ve seen over and over how the artist devotes his or her self to the craft. It’s often without the assurance that the effort will succeed. The success and joy lies in the experience of the work itself.



The actor’s journey can be applied to anyone who is working toward their goals.

“You decide to do something,” McKinley explains, “and then you set your mind and your body and your choices to line up with the direction that you want to go.”

We share 5 tips on setting your goals and reaching them here.

What are some of your goals? And what are you doing every day to get there? 

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    June 13, 2014 at 11:17 am

    First, of all Love the show! I just completed one of my goals, I finished Pharmacy Technician training class last night, My ultimate goal is to become an Speech Pathologist. But, with the help of the good Lord all things are Possible! O:-) Be Blessed!

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      June 13, 2014 at 3:03 pm

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    Tanqua Ross
    June 1, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    I’m in love with the show Kimberly Elise your story line I love so much its what made me want to watch and who can blame me for saying that you have exllect eye candy around Lol You have a true fan in me can’t wait for the new episode

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      Kimberly Elise
      June 1, 2014 at 10:20 pm


      Thank you so much for your support! I really appreciate it – the new episode premiers TOMORROW! I can’t wait 🙂



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    June 1, 2014 at 10:49 am

    I love hit the floor keep up the good work

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    May 31, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    I have been a fan of yours since Set it off.. Everytime I see your work I see the growth from each film/show. What an inpiration you are. I myself started taking acting classes and hope one day GOD will bless me with the opputunity to work with you. Hit the floor is one of my favorite shows.

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    Monica Bell
    May 31, 2014 at 11:01 am

    I love, love the show , Hit the Floor!!! It’s a drug to me now, lol. I have to see every scene and every single episode. To everyone on the show I appreciate the hard work you guys bring forward and THANK GOD it’s worth watching, lol. I get bored pretty quickly. Continue to stay focus because this one is a Hit. THUMBS UP!!!

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      Kimberly Elise
      May 31, 2014 at 1:02 pm


      I’m glad you like the show!

      Love, Kimberly

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    Jasmine Clay
    May 30, 2014 at 4:50 pm

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    May 30, 2014 at 10:54 am

    I just want to say I love Hit the Floor!!! And I especially love McKinley Freeman’s character.. keep up the great work.. faithful fan

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