I SEE YOU IN YOU
They’re a million problems in the urban community but for the sake of this article, we’re going to emphasize the lack of “encouragement “.
It is true that the start to transformation begins with self but in many cases a push from someone in a respected position of authority can lead a once misguided fool to a path of enlightenment.
Take for example Jason Mitchell. Jason Mitchell is an actor whose breakout role was playing Eazy-E (or Eric Wright its all the same[that was an Eazy lyric] ) in the film STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON.
During his promotional run for SHOTIME’sTHE CHI, Jason spoke on how he made his way onto the acting stage.
His transformation started with self when he wanted a change of scenery because his childhood environment was ridden in violence and poverty.
Finding new friends was his goal and through acting this goal would be met. An instructor informed him there was something special about him and if he kept with it he could be something special.
He kept with his craft and now he’s on one of the biggest cable television networks and is acting in cult classic films.
Lena Waithe can serve as another example. She ended up writing one of the most critically acclaimed episodes in television history and was given encouragement by her 5th grade teacher to continue writing after being told how enjoyable her writing was.
Through her burning passion for television and writing, Lena has crafted a career anyone in Hollywood would be astounded to have.
Imagine if these two artists were never given that extra push to be great. How different would their lives have been?
Without proper support our hobbies would remain hobbies and we’d be forced to a lifestyle of mediocrity and disappointment.
Everyone starts somewhere, first start with yourself, and you’ll be able to verify you’re on the right path when the right help start coming at the right time.