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Georgia Southern Alumni, Kiana Dancie, is successfully pursuing multiple careers and making her mark as an all around business woman.

Georgia Southern University alumnus, Kiana Dancie, is making her mark as an actress, comedian, author and all-around business woman. 

Dancie can be found not only in movies, but everywhere lately.

Dancie was most recently seen in Marlon Wayans’ Netflix film, Sextuplets. Sextuplets follows a dad-to-be named Alan, played by Marlon Wayan, on a wild journey to find long-lost siblings. 

Working with Marlon Wayans and Netflix was the most challenging and rewarding experience in my life. Marlon was a scenemate that pushed me to be better,” Dancie said. “[Marlon] had changed the script multiple times and you had to just fall in line. Marlon puts in work and if you're in any scene with him, you will too.”

One Crazy Christmas is a holiday movie and follows a successful divorcee, who must sit through a Christmas dinner with her ex-husband and future son-in-law.

Dancie additionally spoke about her time working on One Crazy Christmas, a 2018 BET feature film, alongside writer and director, Greg Carter. 

“[Greg Carter] has the ability to see a character in you that you may not even see in yourself,” Dancie said. “I enjoyed both projects equally and can’t wait to hit another screen”

Now don’t let her movie credits fool you, Kiana Dancie is a business woman and is building her brand with venture. 

Dancie is one out of the four black women owning the franchise, Cell Phone Repair, and she will release her first book “Bye Bye Bags! Laughing To Lighten The Load" in December 2019.

In her book, she talks about how to overcome obstacles, and healing yourself through letting go of your past challenges.

She is the female house emcee for the grand Atlanta Comedy Theatre, toured the nation to sold-out crowds, and can be found on well-known tv shows. 

Dancie is a former co-host of TV One’s Sister Circle, and former competitor on Bill Belamy’s Who’s Got Jokes! 

During her time at GS, Dancie realized that she found where she was always meant to be. Dancie was a member of Dyversion and found a mentor in Professor Saye, realizing how much she valued being an eagle. 

She was a Hope scholar, and received her bachelors in marketing from GS.

“It was a blessing.” Dancie said of her time at Southern. “Being an Eagle, a Georgia Southern Eagle, is not only a privilege but also an honor. GSU installed good southern values about family, faith and friendships!”

Dancie was born in Cleveland, Ohio and raised in Atlanta, Georgia where she is currently living. She has lived in Los Angeles and New York, but always came back to the place she fell in love with, Atlanta.

Dancie wants any student who wishes to get into the entertainment world to never stop trying. “You have to believe in yourself, even if no one else does.”

Tatiana Joseph-Saunders, The George-Anne News Reporter, gaeditor@georgiasouthern.edu

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