We had the good fortune of connecting with Tyrone Blassingame and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Tyrone, let’s start by talking about what inspires you?
This is a good question, I’m still adding things on to my inspiration list. When I was younger I thought people inspired me. You know the Lebron James, Spike Lee and Denzel Washington”s, but as I start to have my kids they have been my main inspiration. Them 3 little ones is why I wake up everyday and pursue this creative career. I want to show them anything is possible if you work hard enough and be consistent.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Growing up in the urban community of Philadelphia filmmaking was not a thing. I never thought it was possible to make movies. I got into filmmaking after college, I was on the set of Jamal Hill’s “Brotherly Love” and I just study him. The way he directed the actors that I grew up watching. I seen how they trusted his vision. The impact that movie have on black culture is amazing. That’s when I said I want to do that, I want to be that guy and make people feel and understand our thoughts and culture. I feel like the thing that sets me apart from others is I love to give the voiceless a voice. Either through filmmaking, interviews or even clothing. It’s a lot of things I don’t speak on maybe because I feel like people don’t care most of the time. So I try and show it through my art. The thing I’m most proud about is my children. To be able to see them grow and turn into these little individuals who have their own opinions about life is crazy. I’m starting to see what all my kids are interested in and excited to see what’s to come in their future. I’m also excited about the path I’m walking now. It’s been ups and downs while I been out LA but loving the process. I got to where I’m at today by trusting God and his promises and taking that leap of faith and moving to LA. Can’t forget all of my family and friends who supported from the jump. When I came up with ideas the believed in it and helped me every step of the way and for that I’m forever grateful. This journey has not been easy at all. The fact that I live in Los Angeles and my family and kids still in Philadelphia has been harder than you can imagine. During them times I pray and use my children as motivation to work everyday so I can bring them out here for a better life. So of the things I learned during this journey is take care of your mental health. It’s most important, I use to just run around and work work work but my mental was all messed up. I’ve learned to slow down work smarter not harder. Remember what’s for you is for you. As long as you continue and keep pushing, learning and keep your faith strong whatever your pursuing will come to pass. The thing I would want the world to know when it’s all said in done is that anything possible. Where I’m from a lot of kids don’t think dreams are possible. They think it’s just a dream and I want the world to know if you truly put the work in and believe you really can achieve anything. Speak it, write it down and make plans of action to attack it. Stay “Overly Dedicated” to your dreams and goals in life. Also remember it’s your dream God gave it to you for a reason so don’t let people tell you it’s not possible because they can’t see it. God you the vision not them and I want the world to know that.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Not going to front I don’t really go out a lot. I moved to Los Angeles during the pandemic so I haven’t really experience LA to the fullest yet. Some places I would recommend is definitely going to Little Amsterdam Coffee A black owned coffee shop that mix art and coffee. It’s a great vibe and the coffee is very tasty s/o to Josh the owner. We would definitely go to Griffith Observatory to see the crazy scenery it’s definitely peaceful up there for me. While we there mines well hike to the Hollywood sign. We would definitely check out Melrose & Fairfax for the dope streetwear stores and dispensaries if they’re into that lol. It’s a lot of dope restaurants to eat from can’t really pick one because I’m still trying them all out. Los Angeles have a lot of beautiful art work so we would just go around and find murals and take pictures all day.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
All the recognition and credit goes to GOD. Without him I am nothing. He equip me with the talent I have to share with everyone. He allows me to get up everyday to pursue this dream/purpose. So all the credit goes to GOD he has given me a supportive family and friends that uplift me when I’m down. Venus Andaya who I took this LA journey with she’s been my partner in crime. I have family and friends that inspire me through the work they are doing in the world. S/O to both my mothers Regina Robinson & Annette Tillery. My Pastor Carl Day and Ryan Harris who putting work in to better our communities something I’m feel very strong about. My 6 brothers who supported me from day one. Last but not least my children Gabriel, Nai’lynn & Liam who are the reason I wake up and go so hard. They are my inspiration during my hard times and I love them so much.

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