Always Be You
“Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner.” — Lao Tzu
In group homes in high school, they taught that art and writing wasn’t a true form of employment. I’m sure everyone here has heard it “You’ll never make any money”. These people never stop to think that money was never the motivation, freedom of expression was! A cry for independence on its own right. Listening to the ’70s and 80’s punk like The Clash and Misfits, I was awakened to more than my share of truths at a young age. Systematic shrinking along with Racial oppression at the forefront of my expression and desire to represent who I was and what I felt.
I started to wear how I felt on my clothing, as I spent all my allowance on patches and designed my own clothes. I took various art classes in school from sculpting to graphic design and excelled. When I spoke about going to art and design schools. I was told by counselors and case managers, that it wouldn’t be I career someone like me would excel in. At the time I didn’t know what “someone like me” meant, shortly after I failed out of my AP arts courses with 30 credits left and never walked the stage.
The Light on the other side
I truly felt what’s the use I could never achieve my dream and no one supported me. After High school, I got my first job at a cooking school at 19 in Santa Monica. I started off as a dishwasher and soon after a month became a prep cook teaching students. I worked with vegan chefs to chocolatiers and learned from the best. I even worked on Master Chef for a while and baked the studio workers treats in their test kitchens! I spent the next years working in every single inch of a kitchen and restaurant. From toilets to French Macarons I learned it all. After all, I always thought about how else would I learn stuff, so I do it all. For me, this has always been very fulfilling!
When I do things I’ve always loved despite, what I was told in earlier years things always work out for me. In the best ways and I believe it’s due to the fact I love it from a deep place! This is how I have been able to reach heights and work with professionals without the degree. Having no family or support never stopped me and it should never stop you. Support can be just a state, town, or email away just look for it and be ready to give it in return!
Commit to self
Still every day of my young adult life I’ve made the time to document in music and record 7+ years of my life. I still do art in a garage just about every day in some form or fashion and a lot of reading! The biggest thing I’ve learned is, although many will tell you that you can’t achieve a goal don’t listen EVER! Many have always told me starting in school when I made comics that I was meant to tell stories.
Little would I realize my life has been a big magical story and as I continue to create and affirm my vision I no longer believe I am my past? All that I was ever meant to do is what I have always been doing. As I dig deeper within and reflect this love. The truth I seek, the places and people to speak with appear. The universe meets you halfway when you seek what you are with unwavering faith within.
Affirm always and believe “ I am what I want and I attract what I am” …I believe in you