When I first met Idris Elba at the Oscars NY screening of Mandela 2.5 years ago, I was at the very early stages of my first feature documentary, The Bushwick Diaries which you can now support on kickstarter. As a West African born female entrepreneur (and now filmmaker!) in media and entertainment, I not only admire Idris, who also hails from West African parents, but I'm also inspired by his journey in the film industry. To me he embodies the raw energy and faith that is necessary to rise not above others, but to rise to your greatest potential, which is my goal.
Coming from a modest background, Sierra Leonean dad who worked at Ford motor company and a Ghanaian mom who was a secretary, Idris, like myself, was multi-passionate—an entrepreneur building his own business as a DJ while he pursued a career in the film industry. I first became an Idris fan when he played Stringer in The Wire. In my dorm at NYU we NEVER missed an episode. Since then, I've loved his work and amazed at how he has organically grown in the industry.
At the screening, I was so incredibly moved by his performance and his presence in the room that I boldly walked up to him after, looked him straight in his eyes, and told him how much his performance as Mandela made me want to change the world. I told him that I had just began working on The Bushwick Diaries and it was artists like him that made it crystal clear why I'm in this industry in the first place. His agent and pr team were pushing him to keep walking but he was humbled and felt how sincere I was so he stopped, had a short convo with me, thanked me and even posed for a photo! Now with the help of friends, my community and from others in the industry like Idris Elba who inspire me to keep pushing forward, my first film is almost completed.
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love and gratitude,