IMDB, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Time!
Yesterday, I was to speak at a Sport Communication class at Oregon State University. The plan was to watch the "Business of Amateurs" documentary, and speak about it with the class. In the back of my mind, I was like I hope the DVD they have works...If not, I will just buy it off Youtube. The last thing I wanted to do was deal with technical difficulties. I'm already working two part-time jobs, paying for school, starting an independent creative studio, studying for the MCAT, and trying to inspire creativity in the African American community. I don't think I'll have the capacity to take on any more stress.
So I get there, the facilitator starts playing on the computer, and asks me if I knew what was wrong with the computer because the video wasn't working. I thought to myself...Damn, knock on wood, right? I went over to the computer screen, and low and behold she was on Hulu. I looked at here and asked why she was on Hulu...(What I didn;t know at the time was that the doc wat on Hulu) She said that it was added not too long ago, and I almost lost it.
Mind you, I am a guest lecturer in an undergraduate class. I was standing in front, and everyone was probably looking at me wondering why I was so ecstatic. Little did they know the significance of this moment...
In 2015, I moved to LA after I finished playing football at Oregon State. With no job or place to live, I was sleeping on my sisters couch in a 4 bedroom apartment that already housed 7 girls. I was "not hire-able" in the industry that I was trying to break into (illustration and animation) because I had a Master's degree, but no work experience. That is the reality that most athletes face. I remember sitting down in meetings, and showing them my demo reel. They liked my stuff, but they couldn't do anything for me. Because I had a Master's I was overqualified for entry level positions, but I didn't have any internship or work experience because of football, so I was under-qualified for positions that required a Master's. The ultimate crappy situation.
So I would go back to my sister's couch day after day to my computer where I worked on the animation and illustration that you see in the documentary. That was the only I got to show my skills, and to finally see it pay off is the ultimate example of persistence and perseverance. The icing on the cake was when I went on iTunes and Amazon Prime to see the movie available, too.
Now that I officially have an IMDB page, I think I'm going to try and get twitter verified. That would be cool. Definitely a self esteem boost because this whole medical school journey ain't no joke!
I set out on a journey 3 years ago to start a legacy that transcends my career as an athlete, and I am proud to say that I am traveling in the right direction.
Create and Conquer!