The Wiz


This past weekend, I watched this movie with my  PopPop. As a child, I could never really get into the film, not sure why, but it just never captured my attention for long. However, as an adult, I find the film to be rather enjoyable.

Over the course of the year, my interest and knowledge regarding metaphysics has grown, and this film had elements of metaphysics sprinkled about. One of the main mantras was about using your imagination and recognizing that everything that you need, is within. It’s so simple, yet so challenging for some to get this. It took me a while, but I internalize and accept that I was born with all that I need. We have the freedom to dream big dreams and fantasize about the life we wish to live. It is our responsibility to ourselves to use the freedom wisely and attract the life we desire.

Though, society doesn’t often encourage fantasy or abstract thinking, that does not mean that it isn’t useful. Much of the work that we do is very linear and quite strident (random, this is one of my new favorite words and I was wanting to use it.) However, there is so much fun in letting your imagination run wild. Of course, as adults we have to manage our priorities, but I think it’s equally important to remember that we owe it to our inner child to explore.

Read a book. Write a book. Watch a movie. Make a movie. Do something creative.

Enjoy the fun in letting go, and just surrender.



Von Powell…Triple Threat

As a writer, nothing makes you feel more immediate satisfaction then writing the phrase “The end,” at the closing of whatever project you’re working on. It makes your heart jump and you release all of the pint up emotions you’ve been holding inside, in order to allow the characters a chance to breathe, a chance at life. But no matter how sweet it fills to complete one project, as an artist, your mind is always thinking of new ideas to explore. Once upon a time, I thought that I would live life traveling from continent to continent while my millions of fans waited for years for me to release my next project. However, I am too fervent and determined to accomplish the goals that I have to relax so much, that I forget about honing my craft. And as I’ve come to learn through experience, the only way to become better is through critical review and study of your craft. That, coupled with actually practicing your craft. And as a writer, I do a really great job at living my life and enjoying the people and experiences around me, but I am becoming more skilled at studying my craft more. I realize I know nothing, if I ever believe, I know everything.
Feeling my first book in my hands now, feels so much more special than when I first held it. I think that’s due to the fact that I can actually talk about the book with other people an hearing their reactions is remarkable. Publishing has also made me more concerned with product packaging. I examine every book that I see now from a more critical lens. Why was that paper chosen? That font type or that cover design? Things that intrigue me…
As my big homie NAS has told me so many times that I can’t even begin to recall them, “The world is yours (mine)” and I have a brand to build. And whenever I put my mind to making something happen and I really want it…it happens. And as the time passes, I become more clear of what my legacy is to become.