We had the good fortune of connecting with Euseph Messiah and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Euseph, what’s the most important think you’ve done for your children?
First off, being a parent has turned into one of the most rewarding things to ever happen to me. I’ve always dreamed of being a father and parent because mine were so instrumental to who I am today – in a good way. I figured that obviously there’d be some adjustments and growth when raising kids, but regardless, my wife and I would be a great team, teaching our children everything they know, thus creating their own legacy from all of our fantastic teachings. BOY was I hit with a rude awakening when my oldest, Harper was born. Not that my middle child Charlotte and youngest, my boy Xavier won’t understand but from Harper’s viewpoint, he wasn’t born into having a father that “has all of the answers” or “is well put together”. Instead, I was a struggling, insecure young man with a dream and will to fight for what I believed I was meant to do, and Harper saw ALL of that. Not something I was hoping to portray but I couldn’t hide it. This industry can be brutal. You really have to get your mind right – constant rejection, inconsistent schedules, juggling the fight for settling versus pushing on and having some of the closest people in your life telling you that you’re making a bad career choice, just to name a few. But I’m so proud of myself for moving forward, and again Harper has seen so much of that. Early on, he used to ride with me to auditions, be around when I’d be up late rehearsing lines for an independent project, watch me prepare for a 10 hour roundtrip drive the next day for a callback, etc. When I started LeagcyReign Studios, he was around when I had to start somewhere with late night editing, early morning shoots, business cold calls – he has seen and been around for all of that, and THAT is the impact I didn’t know I’d have but proud of. My children have seen what it means to love yourself and trust yourself. They’ve seen the joy one can have when you believe in your value and then apply focused, consistent hard work with proper preparation. Over the past year or so, I’ve relayed a quote from Denzel Washington to my kids – ease is a greater threat to progress than hardship. You want something, go get it. My children, especially Harper, know that it won’t be easy but it’ll be worth it.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Without knowing it, I believe I’ve been setting myself up for this art and career path for a long time. My whole life, I’ve always loved the performing arts – singing, acting, dancing, etc. but since my first love is football, that took precedence. While studying and eventually receiving my communications degree from Iowa State University, I decided that I wanted to pursue a career in Sports Broadcasting. I had enjoyed an internship with the ABC affiliate sports team in Des Moines the following summer and knew that path could be a realistic one. So then my fiancé, now wife, and I moved to Atlanta because of her job opportunity and I began to search for the first step towards becoming an ESPN anchor. But because of a failing economy and slim openings, many organizations informed me that job cuts were actually happening, forcing me to make ends meet as a restaurant server. I’ll never forget this crossroads because it changed everything. I’d often take walks with my dog and take a deep dive into what I should pursue in my life, always coming back to the idea that the arts have always been a part of me. For whatever reason, I mustered enough courage to look into acting classes. This was a big step because I had no idea the industry tidal wave of opportunities that were coming to Atlanta. After a few weeks of classes, I had an extras casting director sit in my section at the restaurant and she convinced me that I was definitely making the right decision with my pursuits. I remember her distinctly telling me that I have a gift and God-given tools for this art and I should protect it. She then got me on set as an extra within a couple of days and I was bit by the bug – immediately started taking more classes, workshops, and theatre to sharpen the craft. Eventually I landed an agent within the year and booked my first professional gig, One Tree Hill, shortly after. During my childhood, my father instilled in me that “proper preparation prevents poor performance”. With the tools that I learned through training and the idea that I can always be in control of how prepared I am, I was truly able to protect my craft and make moves. It has now been 11 years since that “crossroads” moment, and I’m proud of myself because as a SAG-AFTRA actor and performer, I continue to stay active in the industry with 25+ professional credits such as “Mindhunter” (NETLFIX) as well as recurring roles on “The Resident” (FOX) and “Black Lightning” (The CW), among other prominent appearances. Then, In June 2015, I established LegacyReign Studios, LLC with the goal to be about producing high quality films and developing passion projects. My latest proof of concept short film “Day 8”, has won several awards including BEST COMEDY in the Georgia Shorts Film Festival and currently moves towards funding for the feature! In early 2020, I partnered with my good friend and talented entrepreneur Trey Duffey to establish Black Bear Collective, LLC, a digital marketing agency. With our extensive experience in all aspects of filmmaking and storytelling, we bring a unique perspective to assist organizations to tell their story the way it should be told! It’s simple – everyday I’m trying to win. I want to become the best artist, actor and producer I can be and that will only happen by me constantly testing my limits. My goodness, I’m so thankful for that “crossroads” moment – I was given a moment to either pursue what I believed to be my destiny or settle for the safer road. I’ve had many voices in my life tell me what I should really be doing or what they would’ve done, and I’m proud of myself for continuing to protect my art and craft as those voices come and go. I’ve learned to not let anyone put their life limits on me but I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I don’t welcome it, because their doubt will only motivate me.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my best friend came to visit, I’d definitely have to show the places that mold and motivate me! First, we’d get up really early to go workout with my incredible coach and friend Justin Key at CrossFit Coweta. There’s nothing like an absolute butt kicker and challenge to start any day, I love it! We’d drive around and I’d hope to run into the amazing people I’ve come to know from working at Taco Mac and World Gym/One Life in Peachtree City – many have been such a positive aspect to my life and easily reflect the kind of love I’ve felt while living here! As far as food, so many places come to mind because my wife Brittanie and I love some comfort food! Make sure to ready the appetite for Fat Matt’s Rib Shack in Atlanta, Spondivits near the airport, any Waffle House, Two Urban Licks in Atlanta and then finish off with amazing donuts from Heirloom Market Co. & Bakeshop in Sharpsburg, GA or ice cream at Rock Salt Milk Bar in downtown Newnan, GA! Not gonna lie, those places bring me so much happiness and comfort. Check them out if you haven’t already, they’ll bring you joy as well. I’d hope that any of my kids would have some type of game or activity to watch because I’m so proud of how much they love to play! Harper loves football, Charlotte loves gymnastics and Xavier already has better footwork in soccer than the older two at his age so any opportunity to cheer them on, let’s go! Almost yearly, our cousin Samantha will visit and we’ll all go as a family to Centennial Olympic Park. I’d love to show the fun nightlife near the Ferris wheel in the city! Without a doubt, we’d go check out a show at the Laughing Skull Lounge. We have some funny and talented stand up comedians in Atlanta! On Sunday, we’d spend the morning at SouthCrest Church – another place with incredible people!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are SO MANY people that I’m very thankful for that deserve credit to my continued thrive towards success and happiness. My mother will always be my day one – I cherish our special bond and love when we speak everyday. My wife Brittanie has been a huge aspect to my journey and I’m incredibly thankful for her in my life but because of his encouragement, teachings, push and support, I’m proud to also share this shoutout with my late father. For many reasons, I wouldn’t be where I am today without him. Love ya daddy.
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