Surviving Hollywood-In Spirit And In Truth

Mandell Frazier is a multi-talented SAG-AFTRA Actor, Producer, TV Talk Show Host and On-Air Radio Personality.

He’s best known for his role as the wealthy homeowner on Tyler Perry’s “If Loving You Is Wrong”, Crockett (Abby’s bodyguard) on “The Young and the Restless” and Kym Whitley’s personal trainer on “Raising Whitley.” The star talks openly and proudly about his Christian values and his relationship with God. He believes that success ties in with worshipping The Lord. “Those who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth.” – he says. What does this mean? To worship God in spirit and in truth involves loving Him with heart, soul, mind and strength. That’s pretty powerful. A prayer life is vital to becoming and maintaining success, according to Frazier. His platform has always been centered around the following: Faith, Fitness and Focus. Lets see what his views are.

Faith: Here he proclaims his love for God and how it has impacted his life:  Marriage- He’s married to his best friend, Tonya. They have been married for almost three (3) years. Their wedding took place in Maui on the same day as his parent’s 59th wedding anniversary. Frazier says he prayed to God to send him the right mate and his prayers were answered. The key to their successful marriage, he proclaims, is keeping God in the center. Family- he’s very close to his family. His mom is 88 years old and his dad passed away in 2008. August 20th will mark his parents 62nd wedding anniversary and Frazier’s 3rd wedding anniversary. He is the youngest of seven children. Friendships-he says choosing our friends wisely is important. We must decide who is placed in our path for a season, a reason or a lifetime. We must also be willing to trust God when it comes to reducing our social circle.

Brought up in a Christian home, he has always known the Lord but shares how he developed a closer relationship with God later in life. According to Frazier living by the bible is a must. “The bible provides scripture for everything.” His favorite scripture is Matthew 6:33 which says:“ But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” He feels that when you seek God first, everything else falls into place.

Fitness: Prior to all the other accomplishments, Frazier was the Fitness Director for LA Fitness in Atlanta, GA. To him being fit, eating right and taking care of one’s self is vitally important. 1Corinthians 6:19 talks about how our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit. It’s fitting that he would live his life with this scripture in mind. It’s also important to him because of some of the many roles he has taken on in acting.

Regular exercise and physical activity promotes strong muscles and bones. It’s obvious he practices what he preaches. He feels that when we stay active it aids in maintaining our weight, cutting down on health issues, and increases energy. Frazier says we should all find some time for regular, physical activity and avoid temptations.

Focus: Frazier believes the center of one’s interests requires focus and concentration. Without such, one becomes distracted and loses sight of goals. Prayer is first and foremost in goal- setting. Focusing on God’s Word and His promises is key. Philippians 3:15 (MSG) says:

“So let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than the total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision- you’ll see it yet!” That’s a very profound scripture. He feels we tend to become what we look at and focus on. Every person with whom we have contact and each event we experience in life has a positive or negative effect on us. We can focus on the positive or the negative- it’s our choice.

If you don’t know Mandell Frazier, you should at least know by now that he is a true man of God. Throughout the interview process he stayed focused on the goodness of The Lord. Never once did he put the attention on himself or what he has achieved. He doesn’t proclaim to be “celebrity status” or a movie star. Check out his many accomplishments and take note of what he posts on social media. It’s wonderful to see someone survive Hollywood- In spirit and in truth-  remaining focused on God’s Word. It’s rare yet refreshing.


By Rosalind Robinson

Feature photo: Getty Images

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