Denzel Washington on Commitment and Perseverance

Denzel Washington on Commitment and Perseverance

In February of 2017, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) presented talented actor, Denzel Washington, with the Image Award for Outstanding Actor for his role as Troy Maxson in Fences (directed by August Wilson). His acceptance speech turned out to be one of the most motivational and inspiring of its time, carrying a very special message for younger, up-and-coming generations of artists, actors, filmmakers, and other individuals in this competitive industry. Washington encourages tenacity and determination for those who want to succeed in their careers.

“Without commitment, you’ll never start. But more importantly, without consistency, you’ll never finish,” he advises.

The gifted actor reminds emerging artists that the road to stardom won’t be an easy undertaking and will be filled with many varied obstacles. He points out that if succeeding in this industry were an easy feat, there would be no legendary actors (like Kerry Washington), nor influential filmmakers (like Moonlight director, Barry Jenkins). There would be no Denzel Washington.

Even in Hollywood, minorities are faced with injustices, causing affected artists’ success to be even more challenging. Washington inspires his colleagues to adapt and overcome all of the obstacles they may be faced with as their careers blossom.

He leaves the audience with his most compelling and encouraging words yet, “Ease is a greater threat to progress than hardship. So, keep moving, keep growing, keep learning. See you at work”