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Keke-Palmer

At just 22, actress and singer Keke Palmer has already been in the business for more than half her life. Since jumping into performing at 10, the Akeelah and the Bee star has gone on to sidestep the pitfalls of other child actors to start building a career that will last.

Recently, Palmer took to Facebook to share her testimony, and encourage others to go hard for their dreams, even if other people discount your ability. Something the Scream Queens star knows all too well.

I’ve made a thirteen year career out of being under estimated. The year I came to LA one of my agents had me meet with this very very popular casting director at the time. I was ten yrs old, I met with her, sang, talked blah blah haha .. I will never forget the feedback the casting director gave to my agent, she said, “Oh yea another little black girl that can sing and dance. What’s special abt that?” Lol .. Sounds crazy but my mother always vowed to let me see the harsh truth about the industry .. People used to tell my mother and I that I could never be a dramatic actress, that it wasn’t possible for little black girls to act anything but funny. However, my mom found “The Wool Cap” and I became the youngest person to ever be nominated in the lead drama category at the SAG Awards. They told me I couldn’t sing AND act, I signed my first record deal at 12. I say all this to say YOU CAN DO ANYTHING! Let people underestimate you, be that silent killer, you don’t need the spotlight to shine because your light emanates from within! It’s not abt being “special” it’s abt believing in yourself, not everybody knows what you’re capable of but YOU do. – but I thank them, for if they hadn’t doubted me I wouldn’t have been able to witness my own drive/strength.

Posted by Keke Palmer on Monday, January 4, 2016

When she first got to Hollywood, Palmer said she was told that young Black girls who could sing and dance weren’t special, but Palmer and her mother didn’t listen to the naysayers.

“People used to tell my mother and I that I could never be a dramatic actress, that it wasn’t possible for little black girls to act anything but funny,” Palmer wrote on Facebook. “However, my mom found “The Wool Cap” and I became the youngest person to ever be nominated in the lead drama category at the SAG Awards. They told me I couldn’t sing AND act, I signed my first record deal at 12. I say all this to say YOU CAN DO ANYTHING!”

Palmer then encouraged her fans to follow their dreams, no matter what.

Let people underestimate you, be that silent killer, you don’t need the spotlight to shine because your light emanates from within! It’s not [about] being “special” it’s [about] believing in yourself, not everybody knows what you’re capable of but YOU do.

Let the church say, “Amen!”

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