Organized by: Levey Saintil
I've always wanted to start my own entertainment arts company that not only obviously is entertaining but that gives people an outlet to really and truly be themselves. Growing up, I moved back and forth from Florida to New England and then continued to move constantly throughout my adolescence and up into adulthood. I've lost my father to murder, I've been homeless most of my life and I have been ridiculed for being half-Haitian, for being half-white and for being all gay! It took me so much hardship just to know that I deserve to not be ashamed of simply breathing and expressing myself. All the crap I just listed is something that I am grateful for living through because it proves to me that you can heal through self-expression.
Not unlike say, just about every human who has ever lived, I have had my share of struggle and hardship and the one reason I avoid even thinking about resources such as CrowdRise is because I am not one for being pitied. However, help is not a foreign term for hard-working successful people. The last thing I ever wanted to do was to ask for help in my endeavor. The sad fact is, it's taken me so long to gain the confidence enough to be proud of who I am and actually not be ashamed of my creative pursuits. I've learned I have to love myself and I hope I can teach others through performing and my works of art. I want to help change the paradigm of music, arts and the world at-large hopefully the same way performers like Robyn and Brandy have helped me to evolve as a human.
I don't want to do this on a small scale. My dreams have always included family and friends and anyone who has suffered and just want to be heard. Music and art have helped me to get through so many hard times that I can say with certainty that I would not be here without that freedom of expression. Sadly, if it wasn't for the fact that assets and money that were owed to me through my hard work in my creative endeavors were in recent years stolen from me, I do not think I would be making an appeal to strangers.
I'll be heading to France with my boyfriend of almost eleven years and not only will I be going with nearly three grand in the red, I'll be going without the resources to continue my music, and graphic comics projects. I know that me asking for ten grand is way more than the few grand I lost but I realized that not only will I be able to survive (food and shelter) with a potential donation offered to me, I can finally afford to pay for my own music/video studio (via macbook and digital camera) as well as pay for dancers for my music video project.
I am also asking for help with a condition called keratoconus which fails to hold the shapes of my cornea in place, resulting in near-blindness. I was diagnosed when I was thirteen and have been wearing gas-permeable hard contact lenses since. Per a recent eye exam, it was determined that my lenses do not seem to be fitting my eyes any longer and are in fact very painful to keep in. I was referred to a specialist that handles a procedure called corneal cross-linking. It is a simple operation that could potentially prevent the need of contacts or even the need for a corneal transplant in the future. Sadly though, cross stitching is $4000.00 an eye and since the FDA has not yet approved the procedure, I will have to pay out of pocket. So in this case, my vision and my creativity go hand in hand. I appreciate in advance any and all help. Thank you.