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All Quotes by author - Nicole Ari Parker
" A guy once told me that I sound like I'm a little ahead of myself. I can't wait to thank him at the Oscars. "
" All kids want from their dad is for them to be around - and to show up when they say they're going to show up. "
" Any actor will tell you that you go where the work is, especially when you have children. "
" Being a parent is the hardest job ever in life. "
" Being a pedestrian again is very exciting because in L.A. you live in your car, and you're on a freeway all the time. "
" Being away from home was tough, but the challenge and the thrill of being on Broadway was so fulfilling, and I'm thankful to my husband for making it possible and holding it down at home. "
" Between the kids, the jobs and everything, no matter what color you are, cardio is probably not on the top of your list. "
" Every parent knows this moment in a child's age when he or she needs your attention in a very specific way because it's the beginning and ending of the early life of imagination. It's such a responsibility. "
" Exercise is about being grateful for the body you have and sustaining the life you have. "
" God loves you and everything about you, so why beat up on your precious self? "
" Hair is an issue for most women, and after washing, blow-drying, flat-ironing, curling, braiding, twisting and spending the time and money on it, who wants to mess it up by sweating and having to do it all over again? "
" Honestly, working with Eddie Murphy was mind-blowing just in terms of the budget alone. To see the respect he commands, to witness his presence, you understand why he and people like Martin Lawrence are stars. "
" I believe that we have to be so race-conscious in this day and age. "
" I can be really silly, but I never get to do that. I'm always playing on-the-nose characters, professionals - lawyers, a serious news anchor, people with a really focused energy, which can become a cliched type. "
" I couldn't imitate anyone if I wanted to. "
" I did everything pretty cliche as an actor in New York. I read the trades, I sent out 'head shots.' "
" I enjoy using coconut oil - not only for my skin and hair, but I'll digest it. "
" If you had to work 14 hour days, Mondays to Fridays, then you have to keep Saturdays and Sundays sacred. "
" If you're actually talking to someone who's been through a disastrous number of years, that only means one thing: They survived it. "
" I had a brilliant drama teacher while I was at Roland Park: Ann Mainolfi. But the school was mostly rich in academics. It wasn't like I was prepping myself for a life in acting. There, you prepped yourself to have a stable future. The school's piece de resistance is college prep - it didn't teach you how to audition for a TV show. "
" I have a real no-nonsense dad who taught me how to be resilient at a very young age. "
" I have friends struggling with autism, juvenile diabetes. "
" I have one little pooch-y stomach in a picture, and all of a sudden I'm pregnant. "
" I just want to touch something deep in the heart of humanity. I don't know if that's in movies, producing films, or writing a book, but I'm concerned about our spiritual well-being as a human race. I want to impact people in a way that makes us all reach for our best. "
" I love Malcolm Lee and jumped on the opportunity to work with him as a director. "
" I love the theater. I love being on stage; I love the live audience. I also love dressing up and all of the make-believe. "
" I'm kind of floating out there as an artist. I'm in a safe place where I can play a girlfriend or a best friend or a mommy or a lawyer, but a huge part of me is unused. I'm classically trained, historically inclined and somewhat revolutionary by nature, so I'm frustrated as an artist. "
" I'm really into nutrition from the inside out. "
" I think 'Soul Food' had the biggest impact on me because that's where I was really able to shine as an actress and because I also met my husband there, and that was a huge turning point in my personal life. So, that show will stick with me forever and ever and ever. "
" It's not how pretty you are or how talented you are. It's that if these five people on this day in this room like you, then you get a job. "
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