“Life of an artist.”
Photo by John Fick
A lot of people don’t know, but back in the day I was pretty handy with a pencil and paper. I loved to draw.
As a kid I would design things – people, weapons, houses, whatever. As a teenager I went to a short-course in animation, and even contributed art to my high school’s monthly comic book. Then, for whatever reason, I just stopped.
And I’m not sure that it’s because I’m under the weather right now and around the house, but today was the first time in what feels like several lifetimes that I decided, “I’m gonna draw something…”.
So I dug the sketch pad that my baby brother, Andre, bought me out of hiding, and – not even knowing where to start – I just started drawing. And it felt good. Pretty rusty, but still got it.
Funny how revisiting a creative part of yourself like that can be almost therapeutic. Pretty cool. Think I might just have to start doing it some more.
Last weekend I had the pleasure & privliedge of performing at the Pinctada Cable Beach Polo 2014.
From the ace opening night, to heading out on the Paspaley IV mother ship, to performing at the Polo, to Dinner Under The Stars on Cable Beach, man… I was constantly pinching myself. Honestly felt like I wasn’t even in Australia.
Special thanks to Marilynne for having me out there & making me feel like a king, I absolutely loved it.
Some video/pic highlights…
It’s been a year to the day that I lost my beautiful second mom, Audrey Phillips, to cancer. This video is not only a tribute to honor her legacy, but to also uplift anyone facing a similar situation.
Love you, Audrey, miss you so much…
I recently hosted the JMA Entertainment’s Open Night.
JMA are responsible for forming Justice Crew and also for grooming talent. Jai Waetford, Omar Dean and myself all underwent training and preparation at JMA ahead of The X-Factor last year, so it was an honor to give back by hosting their Open Night.
Judging from the exciting new crop of talent I saw perform, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a few of them on our screens again this year.
Man, it’s a new page in my life in so many ways.
I’m learning a lot, growing a lot, living a lot and being challenged more than ever before. I’m becoming so much more OK with actually not having all the answers, and realizing:
“You know what, I don’t have to strive to be perfect anymore, or be anything other than just … me.”
A lot of times, I have to consciously fight and rebel against perfectionism, because for so long it had a strong grip on me. It’s not my natural bent. Perfectionism really enslaved me most of my life, but last year – after a series of events and a culmination of experiences – something just broke inside.
Ever since that moment, it’s been like meeting someone new for the first time.
2014 is all about continuing along that new path. Wanna thank everyone who’s been in my corner, whether you’re close to me or supporting from afar. That you love, encourage and have my back means the world – for real.
I’ve never been more excited about life. Let’s get it!
Aw thanks for the love, LEVI’s! Right back at you ;).
Wow what a cool moment having an iconic brand like yourselves show me support like that. Grateful.
Everyone else, you can get your own Where You At tees at my store.
To say that this past weekend has been special is an understatement.
What an incredible moment performing with my Jireh family again – more than a decade later – at Parachute Festival. We reunited in tribute of Audrey Phillips, who we lost last year.
Man… In so many ways, this past week has just set my 2014 up so beautifully. Here are a just a few of the many memories made…
Flew back into Australia to perform at the JMA Showcase 2013, along with my The X-Factor fam Jai Waetford and Omar Dean, as well as Sarah Ellen, Angel Tupai and Angel Tairua.
If you’re an aspiring singer, dancer, artist or performer wanting to sharpen your craft, JMA Entertainment is the place to go.
So grateful to perform for almost 200,000 people at Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park with Stan Walker, Vince Harder and Jakiel Mariner (from Fourtunate).
These guys aren’t just amazing artists, but also good friends, which made it even more of an awesome time.
Hope you enjoyed it as much as we did, NZ!