We had the good fortune of connecting with Zuri Soyinka and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Zuri, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I’m a firm believer that without struggle, there is no progress. In my experience, taking risks has always led to some kind of breakthrough in my career. The biggest risk that I ever took was me deciding to turn down a full-tuition college scholarship to move back home to Atlanta- pursuing my acting dreams head- on.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I got bit by the acting bug in September of 2017. I went to the movies to go see It Chapter Two with my sister. Now, I was already a huge fan of the horror genre. I LOVED Stephen King’s original film ‘IT’ 1991 and tons of his other movies. But the 2017 adaptation really amazed me to a different extent for one reason- the leading cast were all teenagers. These were teens. Chosen Jacobs, Jaeden Martell, Sophia Lillis, Wyatt Oleff, Jack Dylan Grazer, Finn Wolfhard, and Jeremy Ray Taylor. One of them was barely even a teenager LOL. So- just to see them carry this movie and put on such strong performances was really inspiring. I became a huge fan of them. I watched all their YouTube videos from back in the day when they’d have cast bonding sessions at their hotel in Vancouver. The camaraderie was just amazing. I’d always had a passion to be an actor, but I just never thought it’d be realistic. After seeing that movie though, everything changed. My world shifted. My gears shifted. I wanted to be an actor.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Ooh. I love this question because I love to eat LOL. I’d definitely make sure that we swing by The Flying Biscuit Cafe for breakfast. They’re really good. hey have really good grits and the pancakes are bomb. Then, for lunch I’d probably take them to Ponce City Market. There are a ton of stores and restaurants to check out there. We’d also take some pictures there, because the scenery is amazing. It’s also along the Beltine, which is a series of walkways and paths that Atlantans use to walk around the city. Atlanta’s definitely a playground for tourists. The possibilities here are endless.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to donate my shoutout to the incredible team and family over at The 5 Strong Scholarship Foundation. They’re a non-profit organization that partners with some of America’s leading HBCUs to provide scholarships to black students that display academic excellence and/or leadership skills.
Other: Actors Access Resume- https://resumes.actorsaccess.com/one_page_resume.cfm?custom_link=zurisoyinka