“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 KimberlyElise.com 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.”
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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.”
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What are some of your goals? And what are you doing every day to get there?