USC Marshall Business Student/ Actor/ Poet on a journey to educate myself through every experience. My purpose in life is to take full advantage of the opportunities that God has so graciously blessed me with and it is beyond FRESH to have you join me.

 

Incredible year of #storytelling #GoldenGlobes #Greatperformances

Incredible year of #storytelling #GoldenGlobes #Greatperformances

"Think about it- when you’re in the process of building your lego creation, you pull from the clutter. You search through the chaos and you take what you need from it to build a better structure, one that is fashioned and formed purposefully." 

If you questioned the trajectory of your life in 2013, this post is for you. Click the link in my profile or visit beingencouraged.com to read the rest of this post :) @BeingEncouraged

"Think about it- when you’re in the process of building your lego creation, you pull from the clutter. You search through the chaos and you take what you need from it to build a better structure, one that is fashioned and formed purposefully."

If you questioned the trajectory of your life in 2013, this post is for you. Click the link in my profile or visit beingencouraged.com to read the rest of this post :) @BeingEncouraged

Be still. There’s a reason. “Time is a trainer.” #JesusCalling #Intervention

Be still. There’s a reason. “Time is a trainer.” #JesusCalling #Intervention

Good morning- someone needs these words today. Your problems are temporary & you will never find true peace in #understanding them. Peace comes from a greater source.

Good morning- someone needs these words today. Your problems are temporary & you will never find true peace in #understanding them. Peace comes from a greater source.

So I saw this movie this weekend and I got to say I was impressed! I have a tendency to fall asleep when watching anything over 95 minutes (including Inception, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises…etc) but I only knocked out for a total of 5 minutes! I think visually the movie looks great- the story was good too but I can tell the other two are going to be even better. I never thought of myself as a Hobbiter, but I’ll join the club!

So I saw this movie this weekend and I got to say I was impressed! I have a tendency to fall asleep when watching anything over 95 minutes (including Inception, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises…etc) but I only knocked out for a total of 5 minutes! I think visually the movie looks great- the story was good too but I can tell the other two are going to be even better. I never thought of myself as a Hobbiter, but I’ll join the club!

Here’s the first shot from my lifestyle shoot with http://michkimphoto.com/
Michelle and I go way back till when- so it was fresh to work with her and catch up!

Here’s the first shot from my lifestyle shoot with http://michkimphoto.com/

Michelle and I go way back till when- so it was fresh to work with her and catch up!

A few pics from my shoot with my buddy Herb Urquhart

There are some things that only the process will teach you and what I’m learning through trials and situations is that even the valleys and crevices that we come to are purposeful in the masterpiece of our life. Yeah it’s about 6am so you’ll have to forgive me for being so philosophical…but I just keep thinking about my long term goals and can’t help but recognize that at every step, it’s going to be an uphill battle. I strongly believe that God put me on this earth to help create content that provokes even the most narrow of minds. Traveling to Ghana last year and spending time doing research on the film industry helped me realize how powerful western media is.
It’s so easy to dismiss media as just a form of entertainment but it goes deeper than that. It’s the amalgamation of films, TV shows, etc that shape our perceptions and determine how we view ourselves and our environment. In Ghana/ Africa, western media has a huge presence. And what I recognized from doing research is that many people neglect to appreciate their own culture because of the oversaturated climate of western media. In Ghana street corners were decorated with bootleg DVDs, the major movie theatre showed predominantly U.S. movies, and of course music.
However, with that said- there is also the other side of the spectrum where western media has skewed Africa to be this dark, distant, and mystic continent where progress doesn’t exist. Some of my favorite movies- “Hotel Rwanda”, “Last King of Scotland”, and “Hotel Rwanda” are guilty of this. They tell compelling stories but are the only stories about the continent penetrating a global box office and creating a presence. And because of that- they are the only depictions that many people see of the continent.
It runs deep my friends.

There are some things that only the process will teach you and what I’m learning through trials and situations is that even the valleys and crevices that we come to are purposeful in the masterpiece of our life. Yeah it’s about 6am so you’ll have to forgive me for being so philosophical…but I just keep thinking about my long term goals and can’t help but recognize that at every step, it’s going to be an uphill battle. I strongly believe that God put me on this earth to help create content that provokes even the most narrow of minds. Traveling to Ghana last year and spending time doing research on the film industry helped me realize how powerful western media is.

It’s so easy to dismiss media as just a form of entertainment but it goes deeper than that. It’s the amalgamation of films, TV shows, etc that shape our perceptions and determine how we view ourselves and our environment. In Ghana/ Africa, western media has a huge presence. And what I recognized from doing research is that many people neglect to appreciate their own culture because of the oversaturated climate of western media. In Ghana street corners were decorated with bootleg DVDs, the major movie theatre showed predominantly U.S. movies, and of course music.

However, with that said- there is also the other side of the spectrum where western media has skewed Africa to be this dark, distant, and mystic continent where progress doesn’t exist. Some of my favorite movies- “Hotel Rwanda”, “Last King of Scotland”, and “Hotel Rwanda” are guilty of this. They tell compelling stories but are the only stories about the continent penetrating a global box office and creating a presence. And because of that- they are the only depictions that many people see of the continent.

It runs deep my friends.

"The Year of the Jordan": Turning 23

I’m normally pretty mellow when it comes to birthdays. For my 20th birthday, I remember treating myself to some Choco-Chip Rite Aid ice-cream, watching “Crash” (the perfect birthday movie), and calling it a night…But this year had to be a little different. After all, it’s my “Jordan-Year,” right? So I devised this idea last minute to make it an epic night- not P. Diddy “White-Party” crazy but just good times with good people; people that give me energy and add to my life. So I was originally thinking, BAM- rent a club, go on paint-balling, go-kart racing! But then I realized how much effort that would take to plan…and how much money it would drain- so I reconsidered. I switched up the game plan, but still made it FRESH! I had the best birthday with friends from all different walks of life but all with awesome spirits (it’s crazy when people don’t recognize how fresh they are…I have those kind of people in my life). Started off at one of my favorite restaurants- BOSSA NOVA on Sunset & La Brea- doesn’t get any better than Brazilian food (steak, plantain, & rice/beans- the best combo). Then on to “The World’s FRESHest Scavenger Hunt.” I spent a good day & a half coming up with riddles and things to look for on Hollywood & Highland- it was awesome! Then last but not least an Improv Show, which unfortunately didn’t happen due to some bad planning on my part but we did hit up Mel’s Diner for some post-bDay chillaxin time. One of the most memorable Bdays I’ve ever had. Shout out to my boy MoTown for the pics! Thanks brotha!

I feel blessed to be working with a new theatrical agent- there have been a lot more auditions and semi-close/ close-calls. It’s amazing how much more motivated I am now then when I first started. And I think part of that comes with an understanding of how I need to perform and also having a more pronounced process. Now I have a better method of dissecting a character (his motives, feelings, beliefs, etc). Above all else- if I’m progressing, I’m happy. I think often times, we overlook “progression” because it’s not the end-all-finished-goal. It might not be perfection but it’s an indicator that we’re heading in the right direction. Progress on my friends!

I feel blessed to be working with a new theatrical agent- there have been a lot more auditions and semi-close/ close-calls. It’s amazing how much more motivated I am now then when I first started. And I think part of that comes with an understanding of how I need to perform and also having a more pronounced process. Now I have a better method of dissecting a character (his motives, feelings, beliefs, etc). Above all else- if I’m progressing, I’m happy. I think often times, we overlook “progression” because it’s not the end-all-finished-goal. It might not be perfection but it’s an indicator that we’re heading in the right direction. Progress on my friends!