Where you come from doesn't dictate where you're going. ~Candi Marie
From Foster Care to Hollywood, Candi Marie is committed to changing the narrative of what it means to be a product of the “system”. She was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida and graduated from the University of Central Florida with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, with a focus in mass communication, English, Sociology. While in undergrad, she also became a proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc.
As a multi-hyphenate talent, Candi sees beyond the limits. She is an actress, TV Host, and Producers. She has co-hosted segments on radio/ TV broadcasts such as Afterbuzz TV, nationally syndicated talk shows on The Real, The Steve Harvey Morning Shows, All Def Music, and more. She’s acted in movies such as Instant Family, and The New Edition on BET. In 2018, she was cast as the lead of her first Indie Film Orphaned. She can also be seen in a plethora of national commercials and short films. Candi is a dynamic Live event MC moderator, as well as a powerful motivational speaker.
Growing up in foster care from 7-17 years old, she was a victim of neglect, molestation, and abuse. Candi always saw beyond her circumstance and passionately moved forward to succeed. Candi’s vision to empower, enlighten, and inspire others to become a positive catalyst for change has encouraged her to advocate for Foster Care and share her story. She is currently Junior Board of Directors for Felix Organization Founded Sheila Jaffe and Darryl “DMC” McDaniel. She also sits on the Board of Directors for United Friends of the Children. Her work to change the narrative for Foster Care is never done. This year she and a group of 8 resilient foster care alumni partnered with Director of Instant Family, Sean Anders to launch a national podcast and brand called Foster Strong. Candi is personally committed to changing the narrative of foster care by creating a world of more positive and powerful images through the work she does as an Actress, TV Host, Producer. This is only the beginning!
Here about her full story on the Foster Strong Podcast on Spotify.