Monday, August 1, 2011

Speaking what you want Mondays!

Transitions in life, whether smooth or bumpy, always are a good thing. Nothing is constant but change. The last month has really turned my world upside down. Do you remember the oppressive cubicle job that cried and worried over? The one that attempted to drain all my creativity? The one that sent out a snarky memo instructing us to only get up from our seats twice in an 8 hour day? Well, they ended my employment, along with two other ladies two weeks ago. *cue the dance music*

While, I am a bit stressed about some bills, I am truly happy and relieved that I now have the space and time to find new ways of income that are aligned with my love of writing, performing and education. I have this strong, deep down feeling that things will be fine and that I will soon be very successful doing my art. Ever since I moved from Chicago to Atlanta last year I have had this strong vibe that I am about to blow up real, real big with my Lady Terror work. I have vivid dreams and visions of standing in a very large theatre on stage. I can picture every detail down to the carvings in the wood on the seats in audience. I see the light sequences on the stage as I perform, I see my outfit and I get this tingly feeling in my heart when I perform and write. I know that my purpose in life is to write, perform, educate and empower others to live creatively.

For months now, I have been not focusing on what I want, instead on what I don't want. I meditate for 20 seconds each day on what I want my life to be. I have been creating little snapshots of the end result in my mind. I wrote down all the key qualities I want in a career on a sheet of paper and taped it to my box of Wisdom Meditation Cards. The list reads:
-creative
-flexible
-employee centered
-relaxed
-artistic
-flexible
-empowering
-ability to travel
-humane and fair
-outside of the box
-unique
-involves writing and teaching
-social justice is important
-great pay with ability to help others make money too
-visionary
-innovative
-stable
-honest

One of the main concepts of my Lady Terror Performance Art is Ranting. I am so passionate about ranting and believe in the power it holds to create change and empower. The act of ranting puts your concerns and wishes out into the universe in a way that's so intense it creates this ripple effect and rhythm which is necessary for movement. You have no choice but to hustle and hustle hard(shouts out to Ace Hood). I see graduate school, radio shows, books, teaching, producing and performing theater pieces in my future. I see large checks being deposited into my mailbox and bank account. I see grants, scholarships, fellowships and blessings. I will not take anything less. I'm screaming into the sky and holding my hands out and up to receive. It starts now.

WHAT ARE YOU CLAIMING TODAY? WHAT INTUITIVE BELIEFS DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR FUTURE?

3 comments:

Mano y Metal said...

this was amazing.
just what i needed to read today... (types from cubicle) RantLOVE.

Des.

Mama Violet said...

I'm claiming a move to the coast of Kenya, a relaxed lifestyle, and small business ownership. I claim it today and all my tomorrows.

Tricia Hersey said...

Des:
thanks. i totally understand. your cubicle days are over soon. i feel it. your jewelry is too amazing. keep husling.

Letroy: i love yours, except moving away. i will have to follow you there. claim it.

Artist Statement

I create art for the ones who lost their voice a long time ago. I believe that impromptu spectacles can bring awareness to social justice issues that paralyze our communities. Lady Terror examines the relationship between public space and performance space and also explores ranting as a medium to address social issues and as a tool to empower communities. My art is local and neighborhood specific in its execution but global in its ideas around poverty, injustice and violence.