is the new director of diversity sales for the Little Rock (Ark.) Convention and Visitors Bureau. In addition to having 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Robinson has toured as an actress with a national production company, including a performance on Broadway, and founded An Artist Prepares, a St. Louis-based nonprofit for young artists breaking into the entertainment industry.Did you always want to be performer?
I come from a family that sings gospel around the Thanksgiving table and Christmas tree. I majored in musical theater. My list of things to accomplish in life included Broadway and winning a Tony and an Oscar. I was able to achieve one when I performed in the Gospel stage play, Be Careful What You Pray For, at the Beacon Theater on Broadway.Do you have a favorite stage show?
I'm really excited about the revival of Dream Girls. It wouldn't matter if Minnie Mouse played Effie, I'd still go. Talk about An Artist Prepares.
The recording industry doesn't care as much about the talent as it used to, and a lot of young people don't know how to market themselves. My company taught them how to prepare, by doing the public relations and styling for their debuts.
If you could have dinner with one living person, who would it be?
Oprah Winfrey. She's a profound thinker of our time. I'm from East St. Louis, where the view from my window wasn't always the best. To see what a black woman can accomplish has been an inspiration for me.