What does Success Mean to you?

The way I measure my personal success is extremely different than the next person. The idea of the American Dream has upgraded tremendously, there aren’t many hoping for a ranch styled home with a white picket fence and a dog. This generation sees and breathes dollar signs, meaning 8 bedrooms homes with walk in closets, an indoor pool, and an assortment of vehicles.

But my connotation of success is different than that; to me, success is obtaining my Bachelors and eventually Masters degree. Black people fought for decades for the right to get an education freely and I will not let it be in vain. Not only am I black, but I am a woman also and even today women are denied an education, so I will work hard for those who do not have this opportunity.

Success is taking care of my Mother, Father, and siblings. If I have wealth and a place to stay, so will they, and if they are taken care of I have did my job. My family will want for nothing if I am living lavishly because you take care of those who took care of you.

Success to me is enjoying my career and happy to go to work everyday. I don’t see myself working a 9-5, at all. I am a person who likes to be involved and to dabble into everything. I want to be a Publicist, Real Estate Agent, own multiple franchises and more.

Success is giving back to the less fortunate because I am humbled and know where I’ve come from. I never was the kid who had everything and never acted like it. There’s beauty in the struggle and I work hard for all I have.

Lastly, Success to me is to having a healthy relationship with God and knowing I would be nothing without him, giving him glory and praise constantly.

I want to live comfortably and not have to think twice when I want to get something for myself. But I also want to spend wise and not be greedy. It’s easy to get caught up in the hype but money doesn’t mean to success to everyone. Try to think of things with substance and that give you a sense of accomplishment.

What does Success mean to you?

#MotivationMonday: Your Work Is Worth It

When I tell people that I’m a film major, there are two different types of responses: one where they are supportive and think that’s really cool, and one where they kind of look at me thinking, really? You’re $20,000+ in debt to study film? Film is a hobby, not a career. Have fun being a starving artist!

In today’s society, it seems like people think that you’re wasting your life and devalue your work if you’re not pursuing a career in business or something in the STEM field.

Well, I’m here to tell you that without us, without artists, the world would be bland, colorless, and lack depth. From the books you read to the movies you watch, they all require at least one thing: someone with the mind and the original, imaginative, artistic ability to create them.

Art matters. To all the photographers, filmmakers, writers, musicians, painters, sculptors, dancers, fashion designers, graphic designers, drawers, poets…Your work matters. Your craft matters.

Don’t let anyone tell you what you can’t do and what you can’t be successful at. And don’t let anyone tell you to have a “plan B.” Will Smith says that there’s no reason to have a plan B because it distracts from plan A. He is absolutely right. It’s like you’re already expecting plan A to fail by having a plan B. So, stick to plan A. Stick to your art.

I think the best thing about being an artist is that you get to create something from nothing. As artists, we get to be new, unusual and inventive every single day. We all have something unique and special that we want to share with the world.

Your work is worth it. It’s not about the money. It’s about being able to integrate the mind, body, and spirit. It’s about cutting across racial, cultural, social, educational, and economic barriers. It’s about enhancing cultural appreciation and awareness. It’s about giving people the opportunities to express themselves. It’s about bringing the inner world into the outer world and developing new, concrete realities.

I’m glad that I am finally able to ignore all the noise and be true to myself. I love film. I am a filmmaker, and I will spend the rest of my days doing what I love. My work is all that matters.