The story of Lupita Nyong’o is a motivating one. IMDB‘s mini biography of the Oscar-winning actress reads:
Lupita Nyong’o was born in Mexico, to Kenyan parents. She was raised in Kenya and educated in the USA. She is a graduate of the Yale University School of Drama’s Acting program.
Lupita’s film debut was playing “Patsey” in acclaimed director, Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave (2013). She was also the lead in MTV’s award-winning drama series, Shuga (2009).
Lupita’s stage credits include playing “Perdita” in “The Winter’s Tale”, (Yale Repertory Theater), “Sonya” in “Uncle Vanya”, “Katherine” in “The Taming of the Shrew”, as well as being in the original production of Michael Mitnick’s “Elijah”.
One of my new favorite quotes is from her:
No matter where you come from, your dreams are all valid.
Lupita knew from a young age that she wanted to work in the movies. She probably dreamed more than once about winning an Oscar and walking red carpets. In 2014, her dream came true.
All of the time she spent reading film studies at Hampshire College was worth it. Her studying at Yale School of Drama paid off. Even if she doesn’t act in another movie again, Lupita will always be known as an Oscar-winner.
Whether your dream is to be an actress, singer, designer, technician, scientist, the president, or a space explorer – don’t doubt yourself. Don’t doubt your dreams. Believe in them and do whatever it takes to pursue them.
Walt Disney said, “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”
Big. Little. Impossible. Crazy. Dreams. All of them are valid.