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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  • Me

    This has always been my philosophy from education to work to money. The worst thing to me is having folks think that you wouldn’t be who/what/where you are without them, then them thinking that gives them the right to dictate how you live your life. That’s why I never understood people who say things like “the best revenge is to live a good life”. No, I’m not about to spend any time proving nor disproving what you think about me. If you spend the rest of your life thinking you got the best of me, that means I won’t have to worry about you coming back in my face like I owe you something after I get on. So go ahead and think the least of me. I love it when my inner circle goes through natural selection. Less noise for me to work through.

  • i mean

    Kinda random, but I love the pink font for quotes. Feels very fun and girly. But yes, I totally agree with this. 2015 was a very rough year for me, but towards the end I really learned to turn it around after realzing what Keke said. We can put so much stock in what others think of us, that we forget who we are. We are defined by our words and actions, not what another thinks.

  • [email protected]

    Excellent words from Sister Keke Palmer

    The haters and the doubters exist in life. They will say negative words and they will try to spew the lies of doubt and underestimation. Yet, we won’t take their bait. We are here since we believe in moving forward, never giving up, and focusing on enriching our own lives and the lives of others. We are on this Earth for a temporary period of time, but while we are here, we grow by realizing our own strength internally and executing hallowed actions despite the adversity or the negativity from others. When we succeed in our goals, we realize not only how wrong the naysayers were. We realize how right our actions of love, compassion, strength, and resiliency are truly are. There are many people who folks least expect would exhibit excellence and these same despised people made great accomplishments. Happiness is not based on material wealth or prestige. Happiness and success are based on how you can positively change society. It is about how you treat the oppressed with fairness and kindness. It is about being in a place where you help others out of a sincere motivation and you improve the lives of others too. Keke Palmer’s words are powerful plus inspirational and they show a clear example of how truth wins in the end.

  • binks

    I love the “be that silent killer/let people underestimate you” because nothing feels good as proving your doubters wrong when you walked into the room and own it because you EARNED your spot despite them because in the end you didn’t need them to succeed and you surely don’t need them now to be you coattail riders. Never underestimate people and their drive to succeed and I so agree that believing in yourself goes a long way because once you hit that milestone it is even more special. Being the “underdog” is not a bad position to be in because that means you have more cards in your hand then people assume.