"The lesson that I would hope everyone would learn quite early in their career is don't take it personally. Whatever it is that happens, you're accepted for a role or rejected for a role of whatever, don't take it personally. It's part of the business and the person that is either hiring or firing-that's their business. That's what they are there for and it has nothing to do with how you feel about ... It has to do with someone else's perception of should you do this particular part, so just don't take it personally,. The business is really about rejection, so don't take it personally." ~ Diahann Carroll
Diahann Carroll is one of my favorite actresses. I always thought of her as my other glamorous mother. She is a true trailblazer and icon especially for Black actresses for me. If you have seen her only in Dynasty or a Different World, I say watch Paris Blues, Claudine and Eve's Bayou to see her wide range. I will miss her. I am happy to know that her performances will live on. Bless you, Diahann. Thank you for being a great role model for me.
The video below is a great reminder that Actors must take control of our careers! Diahann talks about how she got cast in Dynasty and her career.