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Comedian and actress Niecy Nash, a Daytime Emmy-winning producer and star of TV Land’s faith-based comedy Soul Man, continues to expand her professional realm as a producer and inspirational author. She sat down with Pastor Touré Roberts of One Church International to share her spiritual testimony and how it has shaped her journey to success.

“It was in my darkest days that the gift of comedy was given to me” said Nash as she described her lifelong yearning to become an actress. As a little girl she dreamt of becoming a performer, but she never thought comedy would be her genre. Then, after the tragic murder of her younger brother in 1993, Nash comforted her mother with jokes that produced soul-wrenching laughter and realized she had a gift of humor. From the devastation of her loss, Nash found her niche as a comedian in the world of entertainment.

Nash never let the Hollywood standard of what a leading lady should look like stand in her way, although she describes herself as “the most unlikely candidate for this life.” She light-heartedly recalled times when she felt sorry for those who doubted she would make it.

“I believed God was able and I lived my life with expectancy,” said Nash, who beat out more experienced sketch comedians for her breakthrough roll in Reno 911. “When I was so far down I could look up and see the bottom, I was just glad I was with Him instead of with them.”

Today Nash serves as a mentor to young women, a luxury she did not have growing up. Her goal is to encourage those who feel called to careers in entertainment to never allow their spiritual vision to be discouraged by the negativity of people in this industry.

“You can speak life or death into your situation,” Nash shared with the audience filled with young, aspiring entertainers. “Say it until you see it, and you have to know your end goal. Even if you are not strong in your faith or in your walk with God, everyday just try to do right. Share your blessing and your gift because if you are in service to others there is immeasurable reciprocity.”

“I am always inspired when I hear Niecy’s story of confidence in the midst of adversity,” said Roberts. “The quickest way to greatness is to live your life great, and Niecy demonstrates that faith in the visions that God has put inside of you is the first step on the journey to success.”

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