As I sit in Los Angeles, reflecting on the journey from Augusta, GA just two weeks ago, I find myself contemplating the whirlwind that was 2023. This post is a reflection on the past year's challenges and triumphs and a glimpse into the promise of 2024.
Part 1: Reflections on 2023
- The Augusta Experience:
In 2023, I immersed myself in the rich history of Augusta at the Lucy C. Laney Museum of Black History, portraying a role in 'The Augusta Black Caddies experience.' This opportunity not only deepened my understanding of our heritage but also honed my acting skills under the guidance of Tyrone Butler. It was more than just a performance; it was a journey into the past, shared with a friend of my father and an icon of Augusta's cultural scene.
- Developing Floor62:
The birth and growth of Floor62 have been the cornerstone of my year. This creative hub for music, media, and shared ideas is more than just a project; it's a part of who I am. With the support of a talented assistant, adept in Apple's intricacies, Floor62 has transformed into a platform where creativity meets technology seamlessly.
- Musical and Community Involvement:
Sundays have been my solace, playing sax, drums, or organ at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church. Music is comforting, especially during the many funerals we had to endure. These moments, though tinged with sadness, reinforced the power of music to heal and connect us. And a special shoutout to my virtual church, Empowerment life, where I am the technical director of the YouTube Broadcast led by Bryan Michael.
- Professional Transition:
The year began with a setback – losing my corporate job. However, this closed door opened a path to self-reliance and trust in my abilities. The post-pandemic world nudged me out of a comfortable work-from-home arrangement, setting the stage for a year of independence and self-discovery.
Part 2: Notable Achievements and Experiences
In September, a heartwarming homecoming of sorts occurred. I reconnected with my Alma mater, Augusta University. Reaching out to the faculty, I was warmly invited to meet with students and deliver a presentation for the media production club. This experience was not just a chance to share my journey and insights but also a moment of pride, seeing the enthusiasm and potential in the next generation of media professionals.
- Acting Opportunities:
A special performance in March at Coach Spry's church, Second Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, for their Friends and Family Day, marked a significant point in my acting journey, leading to Mr. Tyrone Butler, who was in attendance with Mrs. Butler, casting me in the play at the Laney Museum. These experiences were not just performances but a testament to the growth and versatility of my craft.
- Technical Direction and Voice Work:
My role as the technical director for Georgia State University’s Read-a-thon, focusing on studies of Africa and its Diaspora, was both challenging and fulfilling. Doing voiceovers and managing the technical aspects of the broadcast expanded my skill set and introduced me to an incredible network of professionals at GSU. This opportunity was brought to me through my good friend, Alima, my college classmate who has worked with CNN ever since 2007.
Part 3: Looking Ahead to 2024
- Future Goals:
The upcoming year is brimming with potential. My focus is laser-sharp on performing, creating music, and nurturing Floor62. The journey ahead is exciting, with endless possibilities for growth and creativity.
- Personal Life:
On a personal note, my family has been my rock. My daughter, brother and his fiancé, and my mother are all thriving, adding to the joy and fulfillment of my life.
As 2023 draws to a close, I'm grateful for the lessons learned and the strides made. If you're interested in being part of this journey, particularly as a blog writer for Floor62, do reach out. Here's to a 2024 filled with more growth, opportunities, and shared successes.