It seemed as though the world stood still for some time yesterday when the news of Cameron Boyce’s death came out. Boyce is the first Disney star from our generation to pass, which is why his death is really hitting most of us hard. Just two months ago, Boyce did what would be his final interview, and the details from it are also hitting hard. Here are the words to remember from Boyce’s interview:
In his final interview, done with Haute Living, Boyce discussed things that demonstrate what a well-rounded person he was. Boyce starts out by saying, “There’s a long line of difference makers in my family. I’m following in the footsteps of some really strong men and women who have showed me what it means to give back; It’s the greatest way to fulfill yourself.”
In his short life, Boyce managed to do just that: give back. He was awarded The Pioneering Spirit Award for raising awareness of the Global Water Crisis and raising more than $30,000 for the Thirst Project at the 9th Annual Thirst Gala.
Boyce also called himself the “bridge” for people who have the heart to give back but don’t know how to, by getting them involved in one of his campaigns or simply inspiring them to get others engaged.
Inspiration From Your Background
Boyce then talks about how his cultural background has inspired him throughout his life. His grandmother was actually a part of the “Clinton 12” — a group of 12 African American students who were the first to integrate a public high school after the famous Brown v. Board of Education ruling.
“She’s a huge part of who I am. Being African American and Jewish, I have plenty of ancestors and family members that I can look to for strength, and more importantly, for a grateful outlook on life,” Boyce continues, “Every one of them clawed and scratched for my sister and I to be in the position we’re in today.”
When asked to give some advice for those looking to accomplish goals, Boyce says, “Fail and fail and fail until you don’t fail. That’s the cycle. You’ll fail until you don’t, and then you’ll re start the process over again.”
He also gives a reminder that haters may not be the one standing in the way of your goals — it could be yourself. “They’re not picking apart every little habit and twitch and imperfection nearly as thoroughly as I am. So often times naysayers aren’t as hard on me as myself,” says Boyce.
Boyce was primarily known for his role in Disney Channel’s Jessie and Descendants. The 20-year-old passed away in his sleep due to a seizure from a medical condition that his parents say he was being treated for.