We had the good fortune of connecting with Randy Corron and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Randy, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I chose to pursue a creative career to help represent youth in minority communities. Music, Television and film are some of the most influential things in America. We receive our news, entertainment, and a great deal of our perspective from the media we consume. Therefore, being able to help control the narrative is a way to help accurately depict the lives and truth of minorities. I also want to show Black youth that they are free to be whoever they want to be and to not be bonded by these systematic chains that have been holding back for centuries. The same way Black Panther showed Black kids that they can be a superhero. I want to create and perform art that Black kids can not only relate to but be inspired by. I chose to pursue a creative career because we live in a society that continues to tell minorities that they are interior, and sometimes being able to see someone who looks like them on a screen can show them that they are worth more than society will tell them.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My art and ability to create art is definitely something that was given to me by God. I am never searching to emulate another artist or creative, but rather figure out ways to create my own “lane”. Whether it be in my music or my visual projects, I am constantly looking for ways to display something that is either uncommon, or has not been done before. Reason being that in the society we live in, you are always taught to operate in a specific format or a box. Although, that is necessary to tell a clear/concise story, it tends to create a ceiling for artists. Now my goal has never been to “break all ceilings” or anything, but rather just follow what your heart/spirit is guiding you to do. Because I have and continue to follow my spirit when creating my art, I have seen success and it has connected me with people that will help me advance creatively. I am most proud as a filmmaker is my webseries VICES, it has been the one piece of art that I created from the ground up and have been able to broadcast as a starting point to what I can do. I have received nothing but love as a result of the show. Now what I am most proud of musically is the new music I am working on. I am not only collaborating with other artists, but I am also developing new styles and growing as an artist. This truly makes me happy because I remember where I started. Making music with my cousins and friends in my cousin’s basement. Constantly working on music and having to teach myself how to improve. Working until I couldn’t keep my eyes awake. Taking leaps of faith and just giving all my trust and faith to God. That is truly what brought me out here, and gave me all the connections I have now. It was not easy, it was very mentally taxing . However, it was more than worth it. When you’re working towards something you’re passionate about sometimes you have to put your emotions on the backburner to achieve success. The biggest lesson that I have learned throughout this journey is to have patience and understand that you are not meant to do everything alone. I want the world to know that when my heart and mind are set on something, I will not stop working until the task is complete.
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.
I would take them to The Grove first! So we can grab some food from the Farmer’s Market then get some candy from See’s Candy! Afterwards, I am definitely taking them to TeaPop for some boba and pastries.Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to first shoutout God for guiding and protecting me and allowing me to have the passion I have. Shoutout to God for keeping my head on straight. Without God as well as the love and support from my family and friends I would not be where I am today, I also want to shoutout artists like Donald Glover, Kanye West, & Tyler the Creator for being those innovators who just carved their own lane and fought against the critics to always create art that is 100% them. These artists inspired me to not limit or second guess myself. They always remind me to hold confidence in what I do and to overall follow your heart BUT to also be smart with your decisions. I would like to give a HUGE shoutout to Baybe Blaze and A-Tone for being my support system and mentor in Cali, allowing me to constantly watch and learn from them. They are truly phenomenal people. Also have to give a shoutout to my support out-of-state support system for being the reason I pushed myself and stayed focused to be out here. Shoutout to Tee, Max, Skeye Kolour, and the rest of my family back home, as well as my friends Dallas, Jus.T , Leader J, and Dan Jor. Of course my final shout out has to go to my father for always giving me support no matter what I did and making sure I remained focused.
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