Today we’d like to introduce you to Phylicia Townes.
Phylicia, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
My 4th grade teacher, Ms. Weathers introduced me to my very first acting experience. She assigned the class poems to memorize and recite for black history month. I took my poem home and practiced with my mom and she told me, “if you’re going to do it, you’re going to do it right.” So she made me stay up night after night, practicing the poem until I felt every single word.
When I finally performed the poem for the program, the auditorium filled with applause and whistles. I knew, at that very moment that I had a gift. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it, but I had a gift.
I’ve always been a talker. I talk to any and everyone that has ears, so public speaking has always been one of my strong points. In college, I decided to study broadcast journalism because I THOUGHT I wanted to be a news reporter. I didn’t realize that I didn’t really want to be a news reporter until graduate school. I was an intern for CBS 2 news and I realized that I loved interviewing people, but I wasn’t a fan of actual news.
So I decided to pursue entertainment-news, writing and acting.
I started my brand Phylicia DTV so that I could do everything that I love. I act, direct and produce my webshow (along with my fiancé Zach,) I write an online story “ The never ending story,” I write event coverage articles and soon..a podcast.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
No, the road has not been smooth.
1. I drove across the country from New Jersey to California with very little money. I had a dream, my car and all the clothes that I could fit into my trunk. I didn’t know how I was going to make it, but I had faith.
2. Things were going well until I got laid off from my job at a mortgage company. I used the money that I was making to pay my bills and my acting class expenses. Once I lost my job, I was broke and became depressed.
3. Although I was down, I met with Tiffany Tynes of Another Funny One Productions for a mentoring session and she became my mentor and later my manager. I was back at acting again and this time for real! Under her management, I worked on projects such as “Insecure,” “Dolemite is my name,” “Welcome Home Matt,” “People Magazine Inveatigates,” and more.
4. During depression, I felt very inadequate and worthless to the industry. I was unsure about my purpose and I didn’t know if entertainment was literally just a dream.
Please tell us about Phylicia DTV.
Webshow-comedic sketches, interviews and social media comments about everyday topics.
Online story- about a girl who graduated from College and is struggling to figure out the rest of her life.
I’ve learned that nobody can be Phylicia like I can. I know there are others who do the same things that I do, but nobody can be me. I feel like I have a gift and purpose from God. I say that in the most humble way possible.
After I graduated from graduate school, I moved back home to Nj for a year. While there, I worked as co-host on an internet radio station in Philadelphia, “DG Radio.” While there, we had a big interview with Sundy Carter, former Basketball Wife LA, and her daughter Deja. Before Sundy left the interview, she invited us (myself, host DJ Bugsy, owner Markeeta Stokes and intern Sierra McLeod) to her wedding in California. Myself and Sierra went and it changed our lives. The wedding was hosted by “David Tutera’s CELEBrations,” and we met a lot of amazing people. Sunday expressed that if I wanted to make my dreams come true, LA was the place to start. So five months later, I moved to Cali.
I’m mostly known for my time working with DG Radio, acting, and Being super friendly to everyone that meet.
What were you like growing up?
Growing up, I had a lot of personality. I always liked to make people laugh. Talking got me into a lot of trouble in school, but now, it’s paying off.
I won class clown in high school.
I was in student council. I did a speech at my high school graduation.
I played the saxophone from elementary school-college.
- Website: www.phyliciadtv.com
- Email: phyliciadtv.com
- Instagram: @byephylicia_d
- Facebook: Facebook.com/Phyliciatownes/