Being a 20-something artist is bananas. You’re either balancing your day job with your passion or trying to carve out a place for yourself in the world. You’re not alone. Afrolatina Dash Harris, who is known for her documentary Negro and her travel business AfroLatino Travel and her creative pals dropped jewels for creative millennials on the journey. She sits down with fellow creatives, Marc Promax, a photographer, Evie Robbie, founder of Nomadness, Kali Baker-Johnson, a film maker, Steven Chew, a television producer and Rondel Holder, a marketing manager. All of the people mentioned above are artists and entrepreneurs who are living out the magical time that is the 20s. And whether us artists like it or not, we are a business.
“Our generation is a generation of dreamers,” Rondel Holder proclaimed. He pointed out that many of our parents worked jobs that they didn’t necessarily enjoy. While we are grateful and owe our success to their sacrifices and support, we want more. Our big dreams of making it to Broadway can be daunting. We wonder how we are going to get to them, or we think that we should settle for a goal that’s easier to obtain. Now is the time to be able to really put all your time and energy into your dreams.
Moving back home is okay!
You are taught to be independent, but sometimes you have to come back home. There is nothing wrong with that. Dash noted that many of her family members in other countries lived with their parents until marriage. What’s wrong with that? If you are blessed enough to have parents who will allow you to stay with them for free or reduced rent, take them up on it. There is no shame.
Make sure that you are a whole person before you get into a serious relationship/marriage.
Divorce is a real thing. I can’t tell you why. I’m not a relationship expert. One of the tidbits from this article was that you need to take the time to be whole and know yourself before entering into a serious relationship or marriage. Why? Because you get the time to get to know who you are, what you love and what you bring to the table.
As a 20-something, I can relate to a lot of what these folks are saying. We are in a time of discovery and progress. What is your advice for slaying?