Tell us who you are and what you do!
I am a 16 year old performing artist, actor, model, and motivational speaker. My focus is strongly on spoken word poetry. I’ve used my talents to help others cope with everyday life challenges. I have also performed poetry to uplift and inspire those such as the homeless and incarcerated. I have performed for over four colleges, RiverFest, Fox 16, and THV11. I am also a part of a stage play performed in poetry verse called The Odds Against U.S., written and directed by Chris James.
What is the inspiration for your work?
Growing up in poverty stricken environments, the majority of people get used to it and become comfortable with it and choose to stay in it. Then you have a few people who set their minds to get out of it. Some people use growing up in poverty as a reason not to succeed, while some use it as a reason to succeed. I’m one of the few who set my mind to get out of it. I am one those who used growing up in poverty as a reason to succeed. Instead of just living in poverty and wishing I didn’t, I used it as inspiration. I feel like the type of inspiration that it gives me will get me away from it. The poetic inspiration I’ve received from it has changed the way I think about life. You have to be able to find the light in every situation if you want to shine. Not only did I find light, I found inspiration in mine.
What would you say to prevent an upcoming artist from making the same mistakes you have made?
I would tell them don’t rush yourself or your craft, because greatness takes time. Be willing to step out of your comfort zone. when you do, new opportunities will be presented.
What obstacles have you faced as a Black Artist/Business Owner?
Honestly, being a Black spoken word artist doesn’t come with too many obstacles. The only obstacle that truly affects me is getting people to actually want to listen. Being that many think poetry is just about love and things of that nature.