Actress Nia Long
has been in the entertainment industry for more than two decades, which has been more than enough time for her to realize that show business is an unpredictable environment.
“No matter how long you've been in it, there is no security,” Long said in the December issue of Essence Magazine
, with the discussion revolving around being in-between jobs.
Long's assertion about the industry was once again proven true when her latest television series, Big Shots
, was pulled off the air recently. The show, which followed the lives of four successful men coping with their respective relationship problems, had been seeing a steady decline in the ratings since it premiered on ABC in September.
This, however, is just another slight bump in the road for Nia Long, who, in the many years that she has worked as an actress, has learned how to deal with not having steady work, as well as be happy for those who do.
“You have to really do sort of that internal work to just say I'm going to stay true to who I am, and also to have your heart open enough to be happy when other great things are happening for other people who do the same thing you do,” she said. “Because that can be difficult if you're not in the right place. I think having that helps to attract your highest good to you.”
Her career is not the only thing that's seen some ups and downs. Long has had her fair share of heartaches, having separated from actor Massai Z. Dorsey despite their plans to wed. She and Dorsey have one son, Massai Zhivago Dorsey II, who was born on November 26, 2000.
She remains optimistic about finding the right man, however, and hopes that she'll have another child.
“I always felt that I would have another one,” Nia Long, who played Katie Graham on Big Shots
, said. “Would I like to get married? Yeah, I want to send out the invitations and get the dress and pick out the flowers. Do I want that man, that partner that I'm going to share my life with? Absolutely. But you really have to love yourself first, before you can attract that partner.
“So now I'm in the phase that if it happens, great, I'm open to it. If it doesn't, I'm still going to be happy. I have to forgive myself that things didn't work out with my son's father. I have to forgive myself that I had a child and wasn't married. It's life, these are the things that happen.”
Fans of Nia Long might be able to catch her on the small screen again, as ABC is expected to burn off Big Shots
' remaining episodes next year.
-Lisa Claustro, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: Essence Magazine
(Image Courtesy of ABC)