Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
Early in my life, my mother quickly saw my accelerated growth and love for the arts. At the age of four (4), this aspiration led me to mime ministry at my home church, City of Refuge Kingdom Church. While in kindergarten, I was requested to mime at the annual Christmas concert at Parkway Elementary School. Subsequently, I was invited back following his 5th grade graduation. I continue to mime for charities, non-profit organizations, conferences, workshops, and much more. I also have received an award for my mime presentation at the National Association for the Study and Performance of African American Music (NASPAAM). Soon after, I opened for John P. Kee in my hometown of Virginia Beach, Va.
Can you share the most interest in exciting happened to you since you started doing this?
I never thought I would develop myself as a mentor in the world of mime ministry. Shortly after local buzz came, I was requested to work with several youth departments and dance groups. I fell in love with sharing my passion of mime with youth because of this. I remember in my most recent workshop, I worked with individuals who were actually in my age group, making me more nervous than initially intended. However, I grew a close bond with a student at the workshop who is now a pursuing his artistry as a rapper. The ability to inspire youth even at my young age is so rewarding in itself.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them thrive and not “burn out”?
My best advice for anyone who feels burnt out or depleted in the performing arts would be to find an accountability partner. This would be someone who can provide you with the best support for your dreary moments and your ambition during those peaks. Burnt out syndrome is usually a symptom of pride or a small area of ego. Look at it as an overextension of yourself in capacities you aren’t able to manage.
None of us can succeed without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
My music teacher is really the one I credit for discovering me in a secular atmosphere.. especially a title 1 public school. My background and community were at a disadvantage; but, I was blessed enough to receive support and encouragement from a teacher who had no reason to do this. Her small contributions to my artistic passions led me to where I am now. In fact, I am returning to perform at my home school for their holiday program this month!
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
I’ve used my success to build a hope for others who want to achieve something that may be viewed as peculiar. My art has brought a lot of joy, change, and ministry, but it also comes with criticism and degradation.
Do you have a favorite “written Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
Ephesians 2:9 “not as a result of your works, so that no one will boast or take credit in any way.” Many people who have a career or passion for the performing arts, get lost in the value of their gift verses the overall purpose of it. Our special talents and unique abilities are ultimately tied together for the uplifting, inspiring, and fulfilling of others, not ourselves.
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Anything specific you’d like to have mentioned in the article?
I am currently in pre-production of Yahweh’s Children. “YC” is a project co-executive produced by a writer and friend, Ashyna Robsinson. The pilot centers around an HBCU which is facing a scandal, financial crisis, and demonic oppression. Production is scheduled to begin in 2023 and we are currently casting. Due to current contract agreements I can not currently speak about any distribution.