BY: KIMBERLY ALSUP
I had the opportunity to speak with the amazingly talented Lil’ Dee Dee last week. This 13-year old pint-sized actor, dancer, choreographer, and model is super humble and is taking the world by storm with his gifts.
Lil’ Dee Dee was destined to be a performer. He has been surrounded by his father, an R&B singer and his three siblings, all of which are in some form of show business. So being a performer is in his DNA.
Lil’ Dee Dee has appeared in numerous TV shows including Tyler Perry’s “If Loving You is Wrong” and Containment on Netflix. He can also be seen as the MC/Co-Host on LIP-SYNC BATTLE SHORTIES on Nickelodeon, as well as on the Amazing World of Gumball on the Cartoon Network as the voice of Darwin the Fish. He has also traveled the world dancing with Chris Brown, and with his mentor Usher Raymond. He is a part of his own dance crew and loves teaching people how to dance. You can catch him coming up in Honey 4.
Tell me about your character in Honey 4?
It’s pretty much like me. He’s a dancer, a real character with my personality. It’s just so me.
At such a young age, you are impacting kids all over. What’s it like speaking at schools and working with Usher’s New Look Foundation?
I met with the Foundation a couple of weeks ago and wanted to speak to the kids and let them know to just stay humble and to keep going what drives you. Don’t let anyone tell you, you can’t do it.
With the teen suicide rate up, is there anything you can say to encourage kids to stay in the game?
Whenever I go into schools I try to talk to the younger kids first as opposed to the older kids because the older kids already know what they want to do and have their mind made up. The younger kids are still like “what am I going to do”, “I want to be this, I want to be that.” I just try to tell them, that whatever you want to do in life go after it, and don’t let anyone tell you, you can’t do it. Also, be humble and listen to your teachers, you may think they’re being mean to you, but later in life, you may need it. I try to spend as much time as possible spending time with them. So, on my off days, I go to a nearby school and speak to the kids. It’s all about encouraging them.
What is it like working with Usher and big talents?
It’s definitely a really good feeling because growing up listening to Usher and all these different artists and then to actually be in the same room is really mind blowing. It’s really humbling. They always tell me to stay humble, and keep my head up and keep going after it. It’s so crazy because I get it. So, inspiring, just to see what they have to go through.
What Keeps You Humble?
Being around Chris Brown and others and seeing what they have to go through. Also, seeing kids keep going and they don’t have a support system it just makes me want to go harder and reach my goal. So, it’s everything.
“The slightest motivation can only take you so far.”
I cannot wait to see everything that Lil’ Dee Dee has coming up and everything that will come in the future. This kid inspires me to go for greater.
Follow him on all social media for updates @IAmLilDeeDee and his website http://www.iamlildeedee.com.