We had the good fortune of connecting with Kumali Neptune and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kumali, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Independence is key in a time of ever evolving business practices. The advancement of technology and social media has opened avenues for finding your niche and cultivating it into your own. The status quo of finding and securing employment are a thing of the past. This tech frontier is new, fresh and exciting offering a plethora of expansion and ownership. Find it, cultivate it, own it!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’ve been writing and storytelling since I was eight years old. I’ve always had a passion for telling unorthodox stories that represent African American voices in unique ways. Something I’ve always been proud of is the process of taking the scripts I write from pen to screen. I started this journey in 2017 when I was unemployed and living with family. As a form of therapy I would write a variety of fiction based scripts, one of which I sent to a friend to read a give their opinion. That friend sent my script to a director friend of theirs and that director ended up contacting me with an interest in bringing my script to life.
Through that initial experience of independent filmmaking I realized that I had found my passion and purpose which was the ability to produce and direct independent film. The independence of doing it your way with liked minded creatives without the parameters of being unionized or given stringent deadlines/budgets by major studios has definitely been a gratifying experience.
Currently, I’m directing my seventh independent project as well as writing a feature film for an established filmmaker. I would love to impact pop culture with high quality level storytelling told with my unique flair for edgy, envelope pushing narratives.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Starlight Drive In Ponce De Leon marketplace
Martin Luther King Memorial
Mercedes Benz Stadium
Twin Peaks bar & grill
Little Five Points
Black Ink Tattoo shop
Indoor Sky Diving
No Mas Hacienda and Catina
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Special Shoutout to: Mom, my son Nicolas, Phoenix Washington, Amarie Johnson, Ashley Simpson, my Hazadous LLC team and all the fantastic and talented people that have helped me throughout my journey.
Also, a special shout out and thank you to Ayanna Claybrooks, Devion Harris and Kuwsh Muhammad Martinez
Facebook: Hazadous LLC
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