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Daily Inspiration: Meet Kevin D. Benton

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kevin D. Benton. 

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I was introduced to acting and the stage in grade school when I was asked to participate in a school play. I really enjoyed it because of the immediate reward that I received from the audience as they gave positive reactions to my performance. This served as positive reinforcement for me and I wanted more. 

Towards the end of my grade school days, I got away from acting when I decided to follow in my brother David’s footsteps and play basketball. I really enjoyed playing basketball and so I worked very hard on my game. As I got better and better, basketball became my new passion. I had a very decorated basketball career overall earning MVP in 6th grade, 8th grade, and Player of the Year by the time I was senior at Mastbaum A.V.T. where I played 2 years with my brother. My college basketball career was subpar despite winning 2 conference championships. I still managed to played professionally overseas by way of getting invited to the 76ers camp where I had the privilege to play against the late great Kobe Bryant. 

After I retired from playing professional basketball, I started to regain my interest and passion for Acting again. While vacationing and visiting family in Florida, I would go to the Disney and Universal Theme Parks and get cast in various roles during the audience participation attraction rides. This reignited the flame for Acting that I had when I was in grade school. 

Lastly, being fed up with the toxicity that I was being affected by on my night job, I began to pursue another job, even if it meant a career change. While uploading my Psychology degree, resume and credentials on my city government website, I scrolled down to the bottom of the page and I saw an icon for the Philadelphia Film Office. Interested and intrigued, I clicked it on and I saw castings for short films, commercials, feature films, etc., etc. I particularly noticed a casting for CREED, the Rocky spin-off movie. Of course, being from Philadelphia I am a Rocky fan and so the movie title listing caught my eye. I clicked it on and I saw a casting notice from Heery Loftus Casting for fight fans and no acting experience was needed. I didn’t submit right away thinking that I wouldn’t get cast. I looked at this casting notice for three days and on the third day, I submitted and eventually received an email response that I had been cast. I was so excited. It was one of the best experiences of my life. To be on set with Michael B. Jordan, Slyvester Stallone and all the other stars of the movie was surreal. When I left the set that night, I said to myself, this is what I want to do.” Like with anything, I knew that it would require hard work but if believed that if I worked at it like I did basketball, I could become a great Actor just like I became a great basketball player. The rest was history and here I am today. I don’t consider myself a great Actor yet but I’m on my way. 

One of the things that I learned from my reclamation experience with Acting is that sometimes negative people and/or negative experiences will cause us to step into our destiny. My dream was to play in the N.B.A. I never saw my name in the same sentence as Actor, let alone Multi Award-Winning Actor. And to be able to work with some of the elite names and Actors in the Industry was a dream I never saw coming. I am enjoying my Acting journey and it has given my life a new challenge, new meaning, and new purpose. I just want to do my part to serve the art well. 

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Like with any profession or anything else in life, my Acting journey has not been without ups and downs and disappointments. However, I can truly say that my positive experiences have far outweighed the struggles. 

One of my biggest struggles is when I have prepared for audition and I feel like I did a great job and don’t get the part. For me, I expect to get every role I audition for. and when I don’t this can be very discouraging. Nonetheless, I have learned to deal with this by focusing on what I can control, do my best, let the chips fall where they may, and then move on to the next audition or project. 

There are many other struggles that I have faced along my Acting journey. Just like any arena of life, it is an industry that has good, bad, and ugly characteristics but I make a conscious effort not to focus on the bad and the ugly aspects of the industry and just try to stay optimistic, believing that what is for me will be for me. It’s going happen or It’s not. I try to remind myself every day that I get back out there and try hard and work hard, that it is going to happen for me. The interesting and exciting thing is that it is happening for me. 

This approach helps me so much so that it removes all the pressure and allows me to just enjoy the process and the journey. I have had an awesome Acting journey thus far and I believe that it will continue to be awesome. 

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am also the Host of “The Kevin & Nikee Show” on iHEART Radio and it is awesome. We have an intro song that is fire, and people love it. We also have segments during the show such as News and Sports, Kevin’s Korner where I encourage and inspire our listeners, we have What’s Bothering Nikee where she talks about things in the world that is bothering her and much, much more. We play great music and we have great celebrity guest. 

Our show specialize in and is known for encouraging, inspiring, motivating, and informing people and making our awesome celebrity guest who already look great – look even better. We really know how to celebrate people and highlight what is great about them. We are not interested in negative juicy stories and the train wreck. We’ll leave that to TMZ and The Wendy Williams. Show. 

In addition to our interviews and segments that our listening audience look forward to hearing, we are known for showing our celebrity guest and listeners a great time. We create a happy place and happy space for everyone. They really, really enjoy themselves and the positive feedback has been amazing… 

I am most proud off the diversity that our show promotes. We have celebrity guest on our show from all walks of life, cultures, and backgrounds. To us, anyone who we have as a guest on our show is a celebrity, even if it is the average person in the community feeding the homeless in the inner city for example. Everyone is welcomed and celebrated on our show. At the end of the day, it’s about making the world a better place. 

What sets us apart from others is that while our show is professional, has structure and organization. It is unscripted therefore you never know what you are going to get with Nikee and I but always from an encouraging, inspirational, motivational, comedic, sometimes serious, or informative standpoint. This keeps an authenticity and freshness to the show that our special guest and listeners really enjoy. To add to that, our chemistry is off the chart. Nikee and I really vibe and complement each other well. This allows us to create an experience for everyone that they will really enjoy. 

What matters most to you? Why?
Including living a life of faith, my family and true friends are what matters most to me because those genuine relationships and how we positive impact each other is paramount. The moments and experiences that we create and share together are the most meaningful because there is nothing like family. In a world where it appears that people are not the good people that they use to be back in the day as they say, (being an Actor has shown me that there are more good people in the world than there are bad) it is encouraging to know that I have a safe haven with my family and true friends. Not only do I get and give encouragement, inspiration, motivation, help, and support but I get normalcy. With them, I’m just Kevin – not Kevin with all the awards and accolades… However, when they see me on the big screen and on TV, they realize that I am not so normal from and average standpoint. 

Contact Info:

  • Email: TheKevinandNikeeShow@yahoo.com
  • Instagram: @TheKevinandNikeeShow

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