noun || yəNG ˈhefā

Tyler is an actor and entrepreneur. 


YJ: What’s your current hustle?

TDF: First — I act. Besides that — I’m interested in bringing whatever realistic ideas I have to life. 

YJ: Has what you’re doing now been a life-long interest?

TDF: Life long interest — no. I grew up dancing, I’ve been around the industry in different ways besides that. I started out modeling — then acting just happened next. 

YJ: Where do you find inspiration, when needing it?

TDF: I truly don’t go to a certain place to find it, it comes more often when I’m not looking for it. “You can just be walking down a block and there it is.”

YJ: If you could tell your younger self one thing about life, what would it be?

TDF: I have two answers. 

Growing up with a lot of anxiety, I wish I found meditation sooner than later. 

Also, less is more — stop doing so much. 

YJ: What are you still looking to achieve?

TF: To provide for my family! And provide for my community. My Dad has ran multiple after school programs including a basketball program in Harlem to help kids get off the street in the evening. From ages 7-18 yrs old there are kids playing — meeting — bonding — and that’s an inspiration to say the least. 

YJ: What would you say to someone who may think that their talent is not an ideal career path?

TDF: I heard Mark Cuban once say, “Don’t follow passion, follow your effort.” Whatever you put your effort to — follow it. Go after what you’re willing to put work into. 

YJ: If you could make a bumper sticker what would it say? 

TDF: To be determined. That can actually be the bumper sticker!

YJ: What music do you listen to for motivation? 

TDF: I listen to everything — from country to trap. To really hype me up though, definitely the revolutionary Chief Keef. 

YJ: What acting practices do you use when preparing for an audition? 

TDF: I first analyze the script if given, find evidence to support my instincts of the character and execute. Also staying in the moment, I ignore the thoughts of “this is my only shot” because then it affects my performance. 

YJ: What are you looking to see more of in cinema or TV? 

TDF: New insights to human behavior that we haven’t seen thus far. I want to watch stuff that makes the audience feel something that’s meaningful.  

My favorite movie is 'Place Beyond the Pines.' The writer/director Derek Cianfrance is special, every time I watch one of his films I feel something — definitely a dream to work with him. 

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