Phoebe Coleman - Maryland Interview by Zoe D’Angelo Nomination and Photography by Shooting Future Stars Featured in Issue 16 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
The Nomination: Phoebe is 13 years old, an actress, plays the drums and dances. She is also an honor student who reads to kids in her spare time.
What are some of your favorite quotes and why? Cicely Tyson quote: • “I want to believe that there is a mountain so high that I will spend my entire life striving to reach the top of it.” I feel that you are always learning your craft. When you stop learning, you give up.
Denzel Washington quotes: • “You pray for rain, you gotta deal with the mud too. That’s part of it.” I feel that you have to go through something to get something. • “Do what you have to do, to do what you want to do.” I feel that you have to put your best in life to be the best – this goes for acting too.
What is your favorite part about playing the drums? Before I took drum lessons, I would often hit my thighs, the table in front of me or anything else that I could hit or bang on. My favorite part of playing the drums is accenting or making a stronger sound after maintaining a certain beat or tempo.
When you dance, what are some thoughts that go through your head? When I dance, I feel free. I feel as though there is no care in the world. I feel like I can fly like an eagle in the wind. I have a destination in mind or I am focused on being free. I am thinking freedom from all cares when I dance.
Tell me about your experience of reading to kids in your spare time. I love reading to kids in my spare time. I know that I am giving back to the community. I have read at malls, community centers, day care centers and plan to continue doing this. The kids interact with me through my questions to them and their questions to me. They are engaged with the conversation and they are motivated about what I say to them.
What’s next for you? In the future, my plans include acting in movies and television shows that have action, motivation, and comedy in them. I also want to motivate the financially disadvantaged and physically challenged youth.
Phoebe was featured in Issue 16 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!