"Be True To Your Craft," Says Icon Award Winner Regina King

"Be True To Your Craft," Says Icon Award Winner Regina King

By Samantha Ofole-Prince

She's one of Hollywood's most prominent actresses with a number of roles in films that include "Friday,"  "Poetic Justice," "Ray," "Jerry Maguire" and John Singleton's directorial debut "Boyz N the Hood."

A two time Emmy award-winning actress, she has ongoing roles on several television series, including work as the voice of Huey and Riley Freeman for the animated series "The Boondocks" and Detective Lydia Adams on the TNT police drama "Southland."

King, who began her acting career in the television show "227" was recently honored at The Saban Theater in Beverly Hills at the sixth installment of The Hollywood Confidential, an annual free panel event setup to help educate aspiring industry professionals on the inner workings of the industry. Past Participants have been actresses Kimberly Elise, Keke Palmer, Meagan Good, Tichina Arnold and Brandy.

Powered by Walgreens, the panel focused on career longevity, maintaining relevancy and staying power in the entertainment industry.

With over 30 years in the entertainment industry, King, who recently directed an episode for the second season of "This Is Us" urged aspiring entertainers to:  "be true to your craft, be persistent, and to never live inside of your comfort zone, because dreams die there."

Regina King on stage - Credit Jay Banks
Regina King with Icon Award - Credit Jay Banks