Celebrating 50 Years as a Comedienne and First African American Female Impressionist
Almost all of us have dreams. I believe they are usually associated with what we were put here on this earth to do. Unfortunately, most of us are conditioned to believe that we are destined to get a job, work for a system, and go to that job disliking (or hating) it almost every day.
Imagine fulfilling your dream every day, as opposed to the opposite. To be able to do something that you absolutely love with everything in you and then getting paid extremely well for it. To me, that’s just amazing, which stands for not ever giving up on your dream.
The reason I never gave up on my dreams is for that very reason. There was a passion burning deep inside for the one thing I believed I was made to do. No way was I giving up and I’m so glad I didn’t. Nothing like a dream coming true!
When I first started my journey as a comedian, I knew it was something that I would do for the rest of my life. Unfortunately, I didn’t know there would be major hurdles to cross, some that could drive me to quit. Racism and gender discrimination were staring me in the face. In the 1970’s, the owner of the club where I worked told me I should quit because I “stinked,” and that I should find something else to do. I said to him, “but the audience likes me. They always give me a standing ovation.” His response was, “you’re a little colored girl. They feel sorry for you. ” Because I didn’t quit, I am celebrating 50 years of performing as a female impressionist.
Originally from Washington, DC, Dr. Sylvia Traymore Morrison is the first African American female impressionist in the country. The list of people she has worked with includes Jay Leno, David Letterman, Robin Williams, Jerry Seinfeld, Garrett Morris, Dick Gregory, Rosie O’Donnell, Gladys Knight, Chaka Kahn, and Tommy Davidson. Sylvia has released her first book, entitled Almost There, Almost, The Many Faces of Sylvia Traymore Morrison.On July 23, 2016, Sylvia was conferred with her first Honorary Doctorate Degree from the Breakthrough Bible College and Theological Seminary. She also an advocate for domestic violence, HIV/AIDS, and Cancer awareness.
Learn more about Dr. Sylvia Traymore Morrison at http://www.sylviaohyeah.com
Featured in The September 2017 issue of Courageous Woman Magazine The #1 online magazine for women