Taraji P. Henson

Be A Fighter

I finally get to LA, graduate. I have a kid in collage and I have to pursue my dream because if I don’t, what am I teaching my son. So, I moved to California with $700 in my pocket and my toddler. 

And I have to fight the good fight because people are telling me I can’t. You can’t do this, you can’t. Are you crazy? You’re moving to California with your son? You’ll never make it.

I was 26 when I was decided to come here. There’s the age thing. Oh, you’re too old.

If you listen to people, and if you allow people to project their fears onto you. You wont live.

What if I believed those people who told me that when I became pregnant in college that I wouldn’t finish? I walked accross that stage with my son on my hip and I collected my degree, my diploma. 

I didn’t hear the naysayers when they were like, you’re too old to California. If you don’t hit by 25, you’re not going to make it. I will be 46 this year. I am just touching the surface. I am just getting started.

Taraji P. Henson – Crystal + Lucy Awards 2016