We had the good fortune of connecting with Jonathan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jonathan, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
You absolutely have to take risks. I grew up in a place where the only way out is through education, sports or band. We really didn’t have an arts programs that deep in the south, so I knew I would have to take a risk and move out of my hometown to make it. Being from North Carolina and blindly moving to California without visiting was one of the biggest risk I took. But I weighed the reward versus the risk and the reward was weighed so much more if I believed in myself enough to go through with it.
With music and movies, the entire ordeal is nothing but a risk. Putting time, energy and money into a craft that seems impossible is one of the biggest risks ever, but I love what I do and I believe and have faith in my work. You won’t make it out here if you’re not ready to risk something, you’re going to have to take a risk to break the glass ceiling.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I like to tell people I’m a screenwriter by day and a musical artist at night, makes me feel like I’m living a double life or something. As I grow as person and real new heights in my career, I know coming from such a poverty-stricken place is what sets me apart from most people in these spaces I attend. I’m really excited about my upcoming movies were filming and my new music as well.
I put in a lot of work in music, and none of it is easy when you’re on a budget, a lot of the problems come from the lack of resources, so I managed to overcome that by being more invested in myself and things that could make me money.
I’ve learned that this world turns a blind eye to people like me and places where I grew up at. You know the saying “Out of sight, out of mind”. I want my artistry to be a constant reminder that we have work to do as people and as a community, this won’t change in my lifetime or maybe even the next, but my art and vision will last and spark the next individual to keep the fight going.
I want the world to know that my art is all about balance. Once you master balance, you can master anything and everything. Light and dark, good and evil, heaven and hell, once you understand that there’s a blanch and we’re all battling it, then you can see this world in a different light.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My family! All of them from my mom, aunties, uncles, brothers, sisters, dad, cousins, Everyone who I call family as well, that would be my community that I grew up in!
If we were to focus on a particular person who I would love to give a shoutout to, it would be my mother. She taught me how to express myself at an early age, taught me patience which goes along way, and the most important was making the best out of every situation. She’s one of the most admirable people I know, everyone loves her!
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