It is amazing how little things contain such a vast amount of beauty. Our lives are often so hectic that we do not take the time to notice what is around us. Daphne Maxwell Reid has decided that she will not waste a single moment or miss any opportunity to enjoy all that life has to offer. Although she is nationally recognized as a gifted television star and actress, Daphne is also a designer, producer, activist, and photographic artist. She has traveled the world capturing striking images of doors in different countries and describes them as “metaphors for life”. People can choose to enter through a door to see where it will lead, but they must be willing to continue on the journey that the door takes them. Daphne’s desire to have people live their best lives is based upon the notion that there are many exciting opportunities available for us. We cannot allow someone else to make the decision on how far we will go or when we will stop. Read more to learn how Daphne is creating a journey of passion and opening up doors to amazing new worlds.
Rachel: Tell my readers about the passion you have for the civic work you do and why it is so important.
Daphne: I have always wanted to live a life of purpose. I was blessed with many helping hands throughout my life and always intend to pass on the gift of a helping hand.
Rachel: At what point did you realize that your purpose was outside of what you do professionally?
Daphne: I have always known that what I do professionally was a job. I have never assumed the idea that my profession was my life. Sharing the gifts of my life is what my purpose has always been.
Rachel: I am sure that at times you feel tired. Who or what pushes you to keep going?
Daphne: My innate curiosity and quest for knowledge always propels me forward.
Rachel: Who do you consider to be your role model for the way in which you have molded your career? What can you share about that person?
Daphne: I don’t think I have molded my career. I believe that I have taken advantage of all of the opportunities that were presented to me that I was interested in pursing. My career evolved out of those journeys.
Rachel: Where were you in your career 5 years ago? What do you believe has changed in that time frame (personal, with the world, and/or with your profession)?
Daphne: Five years ago, I was pursuing a journey in photography and publishing. I learned a lot that I was able to bring to fruition. I personally grew more confident in my abilities to achieve any goal that I set for myself. I also became more involved in making sure that young people are not blinded by technology by speaking at forums, graduation ceremonies, and any event where I can capture their attention.
Rachel: We always hear about the best advice we have been given. Tell our readers the worst advice you ever received.
Daphne: I have no idea. Generally I have not had to hear, nor have I taken, poor advice from someone.
Rachel: What are you currently reading that might be something I should try to read as well? Why?
Daphne: I am reading several biographies at the present time in an effort to gain strength through their challenges and how they handled them. I am currently re-reading “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou.
Rachel: When you have the time, what do you binge watch?
Daphne: Right now I enjoy Game of Thrones, Frankie & Grace, WKRP in Cincinnati, House of Cards, Greenleaf, and Queen Sugar.
Rachel: What would your fans would be interested to know is your food guilty pleasure?
Daphne: What I really love to do is create, cook, and serve meals for dinner parties at home.
Rachel: Where have you travelled that has given you inspiration personally or professionally?
Daphne: The world! Morocco, Italy, Japan, France, Brazil, New Zealand, South Africa, China, Cuba, Canada, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Cape Verde Islands. I have been inspired to photograph doors in all of these countries and create books to share what I have seen.
Rachel: Where is the one place that you would like to travel that you have yet to visit?
Daphne: It would be lovely to visit Greece.
Rachel: What would you say we need to know as a society to “move forward”?
Daphne: We need to know the difference between truth and lies, and where to find the truth.