Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Motivation: What You Should Do Right After Hearing “No”

It can be difficult to overcome the hurdle of “no”. We’ve all heard it before, for one reason or another. Sometimes it bruises our ego, and at other times it disappoints us to the point that we want to give up.

If your goal is to work in the entertainment industry, you will more than likely hear what is or isn’t possible when it comes to your career. From “limited” resources to in-the-box perspectives on what audiences desire to see, and a reluctance to show Black people in a light other than stereotypical representations, there is a lot to break through.

In this short, but powerful video, the Issa Rae Presents team shares tips to keep going when someone says you don’t have what it takes to do something. Opposition is a part of life, especially when it comes to breaking barriers, but it doesn’t mean we have to let it stop us. We must keep going and create our own “yes”!

What keeps you going after you hear “no”?


With her own unique flare and infectious sense of humor, Rae first garnered attention for her award-winning web series and the accompanying New York Times best-seller, “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl.” She created and stars in the hit HBO show, Insecure, for which she has received multiple Emmy® and Golden Globe® nominations. Rae made her film debut in the acclaimed drama, “The Hate U Give.” This year, she starred in Netflix’s “The Lovebirds,” a romantic comedy and the HBO political-satire drama, “Coastal Elites.”

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Sharee Silerio
Sharee Silerio
Sharee Silerio is a screenwriter and filmmaker who tells stories where Black women and girls exist as full human beings on screen and feel seen, heard, loved and affirmed beyond the screen. Her film and television credits include projects on cable and streaming platforms such as Netflix, Oxygen, Comedy Central, MTV, Prime Video and more.

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