Supermodel Tyson Beckford Meets With Tobias’ Students for Inspiring Talk

By July 5, 2014Media
tyson "For the students taking theater and film classes at the Dr. Marion A. Bolden Student Center on Broadway, a career in the arts might seem like an impossible dream, a goal far removed from the day-to-day reality of life on the streets of Newark. 

But yesterday, teachers and a special guest reminded those young people that making a living in the entertainment industry is not as unlikely as they might think. 

“[W]e were just like you. We were sitting in the seats listening to an older person say ‘don’t do this, don’t do that,’” said Tobias Truvillion, a film instructor who starred on the daytime drama One Life to Live for six seasons. 

“These things are attainable. They’re not far-fetched.” 

That message was amply demonstrated by another speaker yesterday, Truvillion’s friend Tyson Beckford, the supermodel who rose to global fame for his work with designer Ralph Lauren. 
 
“Anything is possible if you put your mind to it. I know it sounds corny, but it’s true,” said Beckford, a product of the Bronx, New York who now resides in New Jersey. 

Beckford, who’s 41 and looks at least 10 years younger, began his career as an actor but drifted into modeling after being “discovered” by an editor of the hip-hop magazine The Source in the early 1990s. Shortly afterward, he was hired to be the face of Ralph Lauren and later resumed his acting career, appearing in movies including Zoolander, Into the Blue and Biker Boyz. He’s also had numerous television appearances, including two years as host of Make Me a Supermodel on the Bravo network. He’s now acting in plays and producing his own film projects. "

-Newark Patch