Today we’d like to introduce you to Daisye Tutor.
Daisye, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. Throughout my childhood, my family moved around a lot and eventually found ourselves homeless, living in our car in New York City. This was in 2008, and I was 13 years old. I started acting when I was just three years old and I’ve always been fascinated by the human experience, so to be living in a car as a teenager was basically the best acting training anyone could ever ask for. I learned to understand and express emotions far more mature than my years. Instinct was my best friend, and I had to be hyper-aware of my surroundings at all time, to be fully present and reactive. I very much disliked people taking pity on me but I was graced with humanity when random strangers would offer their help to my family expecting nothing in return. We were finally faced with a life-changing opportunity and moved to Saint Augustine, Florida where we found a permanent home. I enrolled in a high school where I was able to study acting and further developed my love for the craft. I never told any of my high school friends about living in our car because I was ashamed and worried people would pity me. After high school, I moved to Los Angeles when I was 19 all alone, with just a few thousand dollars and a dream. Five years later, I’m a SAG actress, an activist for the anti-plastic movement, and I have a gorgeous apartment with a cat and a man I love. As well as auditioning, I am also turning my story of experiencing homelessness into a script. I’ve come to love the experiences that traumatized me as a child and embrace them as a part of who I am.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
My favorite parts of life are the struggles. The moments that make you question your sanity and wonder if you can even carry on. I was a homeless teenager. That sentence alone takes your mind on a journey you don’t want to go on. I was lucky though. I had my family with me every step of the way. The CPS were never called and we were never separated. Without those struggles, I would never be who I am today. Without mistakes, how could I ever learn? Something that I am currently struggling with is how can we make politicians and big businesses aware of the increasing environmental issues. I am doing what I can on the small scale, and its true that everything helps, but tackling the issues that we are faced with today is going to take a lot more than you or I refusing a plastic straw.
What should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I am an actor and advocate for the plastic-free movement.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
My personal definition for success is always growing and developing with each stage in my journey. Right now, I will consider myself successful as an actor when I am able to be consistently working on set and not have to rely on a day job for my income. As an activist, I am already receiving messages from friends and strangers about how I have influenced them to make a change, however, it’s harder to be positive about being successful when my goal includes the entire world and everyone in it. I will find myself to be a successful activist when my platform reaches the people who are most important for change – big businesses and politicians.
- Website: daisyetutor.com
- Instagram: daisyetutor, plasticfreedaisye
Myself, My friends, Catherin Jones photography