30 Years of Mann: David and Tamela Mann

30 Years of Mann: David and Tamela Mann

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Rashod: (laughing) Yup! That’s us. So basically all of your training started at home. David, what about you? What was your transition like?

David: The transition from stage to television was a bit interesting for me at first because, you know, from the theatre, you have to be overdramatic. You have to make big movements, with television, You’re only performing for a little lense. You’re not performing for somebody to sit in at the top tier of the balcony. I had to learn to tone all of that down. I had to learn to tone all of that down. I had to. Reel it in, reel it in, did it work for me.

Tamela: But for me, I’m born again. I was really afraid. But David was like, you can do it, you can do it. He’s been such an encourager. Our whole career. And I say our career because he’s kind of been my leader. So it’s like I’m just kind of following along. But I’ve enjoyed it, but what keeps me on stage is my passion for the message to touch someone. The acting guidance from him is how I became better, honestly.

Rashod: Which leads me to my next question. The support of a relationship and you both being in the entertainment industry, how important was it to have each other through the trials and the beginning and getting to the success? How important was the relationship aspect for you guys?

Tamela: For me, it meant everything. It was something that I’ve always prayed for, I wanted someone that was doing and love doing the same things I did. To love the same things that I loved so we could actually do it together and we wouldn’t have to explain where we are, what we are doing. Which has been the greatest thing ever for me. That two people who love each other can work together. Not to say that we don’t have difficult days. We do, but we’ve learned how to separate our relationship from work. So it’s like, we may come back to it after work and talk about whatever the issue was, but to have him with me has kind of been my everything. It really has. It’s like he’s been my saving grace.

David: Ditto. (laughing) It’s that accountability. It’s that someone on set that has your back. When I’m on stage, you know there’s someone in the audience that has your best interest. I know that if anybody’s rooting for me, I know she’s rooting for me. To have that level of support and love in the audience, to have that beside you, It just makes you always feel like, I know I’m gonna win. I’m winning now, you know. So that’s what it’s been for me.

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