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Oprah shares how attending church launched her successful broadcasting career [VIDEO]

GETTYArticle By Eboni Wilson // EEW MAGAZINE FAITH

Who knew uncomfortably reciting Easter speeches and participating in youth day at church could help turn you into a media mogul?

According to OWN network CEO Oprah Winfrey, being active in ministry at an early age developed the skills necessary for her successful broadcasting career.

“Church was our entertainment and church was our comfort, and church was our sanctuary, and being with church people was how we served our community,” she reflects in a new video, as part of her OWN “Belief” series, which takes cameras into rarely visited places in the world, in search of the origins of diverse faiths.

Winfrey grew up in the care of her grandmother, Hattie Mae Lee, and attended Buffalo United Methodist Church.

Winfrey, 61, says the many hours spent in that little white church along the dirt road in Kosciusko, Mississippi, her birthplace, “formed the interior meaning for my life.”

Inside the walls of the humble sanctuary, Winfrey spoke for the first time publicly. Her first recital was at age three on Easter—a life-shaping moment.

By age four, the entire town knew Winfrey was specially gifted and she became known as "the little speaker."

The recently released video, set against a gold backdrop, zones in on the face of Winfrey as she tells her audience that is “how my broadcasting career began… speaking in front of the church.”

As a youngster, she was once asked what she wanted to do when she grew up.

With no hesitation, the future cultural influencer said, "I want to be paid to talk."

Out of the mouth of babes...

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