2021 MENTORSHIP PROGRAM
In a year of challenges, loss, and dramatic shifts in the world, I must say that 2020 held out until the very end to show me it wasn't done with me yet. I had an intense feeling that I wouldn't make it out of 2020 without one last surprise. Somewhere around midday on December 31st, a message came through....I had been accepted into the We Need Diverse Books Mentorship Program!
Excitement is an understatement for what I experienced in that moment. I'm glad they couldn't see my response because there were many joyful tears and praises to unseen forces coming out of my mouth. My daughter witness all of that. She thought some one died. I could hardly tell her what was right through the lump I had stuck in my chest because my heart was about to burst wide open!
Ya'll lemme tell you. I have been working at this craft for a long, long time. I have received a tremendous amount of support along this journey to keep me on the path and I have given a lot along the way. All I want to do is tell great stories. I can see how my work has grown, how my vision for my career has become more clear. I know it will grow more and I'm here for all of that. But sometimes you just need a little nod, just one more pull forward when you think you can't take another step. Being accepted into the mentorship program was that BIG push forward to say, "TeMika, you can do this."
So a new leg of the journey begins. I am so happy that Higgins Bond will be my mentor this year! Her work is phenomenal and she has had so much success in there career. I look forward to soaking up every ounce of it. I'm ready to do the good work, the passionate work, the purposeful work. I'm here for all of it....you just wait and watch.
I am an artist, arts advocate and artrepreneur here to share my journey with you in hopes that you will be inspired.