Ksyn Cason

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For those not in the tri-state area, The Bronx is a tough place to grow up. Have to be in order to just survive the drama associated with New York. But for 24-year-old Ksyn Cason, the code of survival was one learned from the school of hard knocks and her grandfather. Truly, hard work has been the key to this beauties success.

The Bronx bombshell has utilized those sexy curves to explode on the national scene with appearances in XXL, Smooth and Elle Girl magazines. You can find her being a G-Unit distraction in their new video, “Rider Pt. 2” off the Terminate On Sight album. No stranger to the spotlight, Ms. Cason bumrushes the show with Beauty & Brains, as she talks about what The Bronx taught her, why Obama and Clinton would make a great team and why you’d see her at a Dallas BBQ’s before you’d see her at Mr. Chow’s, any day!

Beauty & Brains: The Bronx, huh...? Tough place to grow up... With a body like yours - how did you keep all the riff-raff from burning the city down just to get a kiss from Ksyn?
Ksyn Cason:
[Laughs]. Growing up in The Bronx was cool. I mean I got into trouble and trouble always found me, but either way, I learned a lot. Since I actually started developing later than everybody else, the issue didn't really come until my junior-senior year in high school. I started modeling, I’d say… my freshman year, but was still a bit of a tomboy. But once I did start to develop and become more feminine, I sort of knew what to expect. Guys looked at me as more of a homeboy than that hot chick so they were very protective over me. [Laughs] I had some dudes, not naming any names [laughs], but they would always get into beef with my shorty. Whoever it was at the time, they’d attempt to scare them away. [Laughs] It was a very funny time, but it was also fun.

B&B: What would you say growing up there has taught you that you couldn't have learned anywhere else?
It taught me street smarts. It taught me how to weed out phony people and figure out how I can benefit from them. I used to hang out with a lot of dudes so I learned a lot from them as well - especially when it comes to protecting yourself and keeping your guards up at all times. I also learned just how to communicate with people, you know? I have always been the person to make friends very easily and that was due to the fact that in The Bronx you deal with a lot of personalities and cultures as almost everywhere in the U.S. So I knew how to adjust to my environment really quickly rather than staying to myself the whole time and not trying to get to know people. Besides that, I sort of had the best of both worlds. I went to Catholic school from 1st-8th grade, then a specialized public school that focused on teaching business and law. So, being able to know my rights and different laws along with the street smarts helped me, I guess…

B&B: As a kid, you got a chance to do some pretty cool things - like dancing back-up for Alicia Keys, stepping for Bill Clinton and performing alongside Usher, right?
Yeah, man… all thanks to Teens In Motion. It was so much fun and it kept me out of unnecessary trouble. I was in the group from the age of 13 till about 18. I mean it felt good to be able to go to school on Monday and when asked the question, ‘How was your weekend?’ I would always have something different to say. It was very rare not to have rehearsals or a show/competition during the weekend. So, to come in and say I rehearsed for a show that I was doing with an artist or even say that I was rehearsing for a play felt good to me. I think the best and the roughest time was when I had rehearsals for an off-Broadway play during graduation rehearsals. Everyone just looked at me and was like, "Damn, she is always on the go, even through her own damn graduation." [Laughs].

B&B: After all that - what do you think about this year's pivotal presidential elections? Sad to see the Clintons go?
It is, but I do believe that Hillary [Clinton] and [Barack] Obama would make a powerful team together as president and vice president. It would mean a different U.S.A. for everybody. Having both of them in office working together would mean a government that would be about and for the people, as the government should be, and that would be great. It seems like sometimes certain people in office put their personal vendettas in the forefront and forget about what really needs to be going on while they are in office. We, as the people, vote who we feel can make a difference, not in other countries, but in our own and when that is not done it makes you wonder if your words or actions really mean anything. I feel that if either one of the Democratic candidates won the delegates vote, our words and actions as the citizens of this city/state would not go unheard.

B&B: You're in the new 50 Cent/G-Unit video, too... Did you get on 50 Cent bully for being a Bush fan?
Yeah, man… I'm in the new “Rider Pt. 2” video [click to view]. [Laughs] No, we didn't talk about politics on set. It was about the music and the video. Maybe next time I’ll get a chance…. I like talking about politics with people; it helps you see all sides of an issue, you know? I just love intellectual conversations. They not only cause political debates, but they feed the mind. Sometimes we, as New Yorkers and as humans, forget that we have our own opinions or just get lost in the sauce but when people can sit down and talk about events happening in our country that affect us as human beings and not break out into a fight or take anything personally; just respect what each other is saying I feel that it shows living and growth. You never know if we were to talk about it, it may lead to a learning experience and, of course, an intellectual debate and that is cool beans to me.

B&B: The road that you've been on wasn't paved with good intentions, all the way, right? So, what have been a few of the hardships you had to endure on your way to attaining success?
The road was not an easy one. I mean, being a chocolate female in this industry is hard on its own. It’s like if you see five chocolate females at a casting you know that maybe only two of you will be picked. The industry is a bit easier if you have lighter skin and it sort of sucks but all I can do is be me and do me and if it is destined, then it will be and the outcome will mean that much more. If people can't respect that then, excuse my French, but fuck them! In this business, you have to take it for what it is, business. If you carry yourself in a non-business manner, then yes, your road is going to be hella bumpy. But if you carry yourself in a business manner, know when to joke and when to be serious, stick to your guts and grind all that you can, your road may encounter some bumps but the repair wouldn't be as bad.

B&B: Now, more than ever, women are flooding auditions looking to be that next up on KING or in videos sharing screen time with their favorite rapper. How does that affect the real world relationships between black men and women?
I mean everywhere you turn you are bumping into a dude that wants to be with a model or someone that looks like they model. It affects how dudes approach you. I mean sometimes, excuse my words, but niggas come off like they own you because they’ve seen you in a magazine or a video. In my opinion, it will depends on the female and how they carry themselves. You carry yourself like a queen and you will be treated as such. If they don't, then don't be bothered. I hate it when I read some of these interviews and the girl is always like, "Well, 'so and so' hit on me on this shoot," or ‘I was chilling with this celebrity on the set and we were drinking and smoking and blah, blah, blah. Then they tried to get with me and blah, blah, blah.’ [Laughs] Sorry, half of the time that’s what the interview sounds like to me. I just sit back and think to myself, "Wow, you were working on set doing what?" At the end of the day, it is still a job, you clock in and you clock out, you submit your invoice and get paid for the job so just treat it as such. After the video is wrapped, do whatever you want to, but you must always keep your relationship with people business-like, especially when they are paying you. It affects relationships, but more so business relationships, anything else I wouldn't know about.

B&B: For our readers who think that women like yourself are just suckin' and funkin' to get ahead - can you describe what a day in the life of Ksyn is like?
A day in the life of Ksyn would be starting the day early, surfing the web – setting up meetings. If I have any meetings that day, then I am out of the house by 2 p.m. Some days, you may find me at a pop-up casting here or there. Then I have lunch, after that, it’s off to dance classes or rehearsals; whichever one is there for the day. That usually last until about 10 to 11 p.m., then it’s back in the house. That’s a normal day. The extras would be photo shoots, video shoots, rehearsing for movie auditions or being on-set. No time for the bullshit though. It’s always straight to the point, straight business, you know? Just like you have a nine-to-five, well, this is my nine-to-five. It’s just that my job can last way more than them eight hours a day and longer than five days a week. It’s almost like you never clock out and you work all the time. Except I get the luxury of being able to switch the roles from professional dancer to model to actress at the drop of a dime. It’s a risky life and business, but the rent is paid, the cell phone is still on and the work keeps coming.

B&B: Out of all that - what would you say is the hardest for you to do on the daily?
The hardest for me to do is sleep. [Laughs] I don't go to sleep until 5 a.m. every morning. I am always online looking for new castings and emailing people. Like right now, as I am doing this interview, it is almost 5 a.m. and I am still on the computer submitting word for auditions and reading over some lines for an audition tomorrow. It’s the craziest thing ever. Over here, we work hard and we grind a little harder you know?

B&B: But you have a great support system and team in place. Your husband takes care of you nicely, right?
I do have a great support team. My family and my close, personal friends are all there helping me. [Laughs] I have my special friend and we take care of each other, you know? But that’s all I’m going to say about that. [Laughs]

B&B: So, how does a woman who's on TV, in music videos and in a movie with Channing Tatum - remain single?
It’s a business and I am very big on not mixing business with pleasure. Being cool with people and making them your associates is cool beans and if it happens to go there then fine. But I am about my business and I have the utmost respect for myself. So, being single is easy and there has been no jail time as of yet for any man that I’ve dated. Let’s just pray that I won't be the one doing the jail time. [Laughs]

B&B: The Hollywood shuffle aside - your life seems like it was something that you worked hard on and were focused from the jump to attain. What do you attribute your work ethic to?
I attribute that to my grandfather. He taught all of us that it takes nothing to be nothing and something to be something and that’s what I live by. In my family, it’s either you work hard and put forward your best or work hard and do your best, either way you got to be focused. Plus, it also helps when you have your family on your ass like, "You better work hard at this because there is a lot at stake," or, "If you don't work hard you will be living on the street," and I definitely don't want that to happen so I work hard.

B&B: So, what do you do to be lazy - bubble bath full of champagne and strawberries?
To be lazy, I actually like being in the house watching television, reading books or hanging with my family. That’s about it. I'm a down-to-Earth person, so the champagne and strawberries or not my thing – except for special occasions. [Laughs] I rather have some Starbuck's and Lucky Charms cereal. [Laughs] Other than that, you can catch me at [Dallas] BBQ's having a Texan alcoholic drink and some ribs. I gets down when it come to food. Trust me… the frame may be little, but I can definitely eat. [Laughs]

B&B: After it's all said and done and you've retired from the game - what do you want your fans and the readers of Beauty & Brains to remember most about Ksyn?
I would like for them to remember that I am me and will always be me. I am educated, silly and about my business. That’s about it. Don’t forget to check out my MySpace page and be on the lookout for my website, MissKsyn.com, coming soon. I would also like to thank everyone that has helped me to get to where I am now – Bloc, Artistic Curves, Morena Entertainment, Diamondz and Pearlz, and 1208 Entertainment – just to name a few. I’d also like to thank all of my supporters out there. Thank you so much and I look forward to creating magic for all of you, so witness! Make sure to pick up that Spring Issue of IB Concept Magazine on stands now. Also, be on the lookout for that new G-Unit video, “Rider Pt. 2,” featuring me as one of the dancers.

Think that this beauty has everything you want and more? If so, check out her MySpace page [click here].

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