“You don’t need to know a person’s whole background before you have a conversation.”
What are you?
I’m an artist who’s come from a long line of creative folks.
What is your mixed experience?
My family has Irish, African, and Native American roots. Often friends thought either me or my brothers were adopted because our complexions are different. My parents taught us to love and respect all different people. I’ve been in a few interracial relationships, including the one with myself. After learning about my genetic make-up, I’m appreciative of my own diversity.
What is the most important thing you want people to know about the mixed experience?
Learn about other cultures and treat people with respect. You don’t need to know their whole background before you have a conversation.
Do you remember when you first started thinking about the mixed experience? Was it because of a certain moment or event? Please tell us about that.
I’ve always thought about it because people have asked me if I was mixed since I was a kid. Looking at my family history and our diversity, it’s always been on my mind. When my father said he identified as mixed-race, that sparked more investigation.
Is this your first time attending the Mixed Remixed Festival?
Why did you want to be a part of the Mixed Remixed Festival? What do you hope to gain?
I’m looking forward to being in a room full of people who get asked similar questions as me and from whom I can learn a lot.
What are you looking forward to most at the Festival this year?
The films and the stories.