Tell us a little bit about your artistic journey.
I started writing poetry at the age of 14. I always wanted to have my own open mic night. I’ve looked up to artists like Mos Def, who has done everything I aspire to do in life. I grew up a shy person and performing during open mic nights gave me the confidence to do what I’m doing now.
If you had to do it all over again, would you still choose this career? Would you do anything differently?
I’d choose to do a lot on my own. I’ve always been the type to include everybody in what I’m doing but I’ve noticed it can also slow me down. I like to help people but i don’t like to rely on people either. If I can go back, I guess I would have started this a lot earlier and put a lot more work into it.
How do you market and promote WPW?
It’s grown so much in the last year. I’m excited to see the growth and to get people from different parts of the city to come out and perform. The goal is to eventually obtain sponsorships. We have sent sponsorships letters and we’ve had members of my team as the sponsors as well but now we are moving to have brands like Under Armour. Any time you have artists, it is an opportunity for any brand to be able to promote their product. SSO is also an entertainment collective that I am a part of and my production company, RVYPowered.Productions, partners with members of SSO for sponsorships. I also have a tax business with my older brother called R.D. Blair & Associates. Right now, R.D. Blair & Associates is one of the official sponsors of WPW right now. I also feel that the artists who participate in WPW, hold me accountable and every month they push the event as well.
How do you plan on growing this event?
With the growth of the platform, I would like to include FCLA (Family Community and Leadership in Action), which is a non-profit organization my older brother started in 2012. Since then, we have been doing community service projects in Dayton, Ohio and I want to incorporate that with WPW. I would love to bring FCLA to Los Angeles and get artists involved for example in areas like Skidrow and different parts of the city. I’d love for FCLA to create scholarships and even book vouchers. Even spread it throughout the arts district to give back. It’s an opportunity for students in need.