We had the good fortune of connecting with Kadeem Isaiah and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Kadeem, why did you pursue a creative career?
The arts chose me. I’ve always been passionate about the arts since I could remember. Music was my first love. I wrote my first 16 bars at the age of 6 with my older cousin over the “Money Ain’t a Thang” beat with Jay Z and Jermaine Dupri. It’s crazy because I can still remember the verse and chorus I wrote. When I moved to Atlanta at the age of 7 I found myself playing around with drawing and painting. I still have paintings from high school in my room and at my parents house. You can sometimes find me at splatter studios here in Atlanta. At the age of 12 I joined the band. My primary instrument is the snare drum, but I’m an overall percussionist. From the snare drum to the drum set, to the guitar and even the marimba or piano I can play them all. This skill helped me go to college, receiving a band scholarship at South Carolina State University where I became a Drum Major for the Marching 101 my sophomore year. During my attendance I realized that God had another plan for me that I couldn’t ignore or push away. I can’t really explain it but I was lead back to Atlanta and decided step out on faith. I had faith that I was being lead to my purpose in life. I honestly didn’t know what it was I wanted to do but I knew I wanted to create. My mom always told me I’d be an actor but I would always shut down the idea. I honestly thought it was corny. As I grew older I found out my mom also was a creative at heart. She had a passion for narrative writing and modeling. Her journey was put on pause because I was born; s/o to you Queen. She never pushed me into the arts but she KNEW I’d excel in it because I’ve always have. Once I moved back to Atlanta from South Carolina a manager reached out to me and taught me the business. I told my parents and they thought I should give it a try. My mom and my best friend at the time had this feeling from the beginning that this was it for me. They spoke life into me when I didn’t even believe in myself. I’ll always appreciate them for that. I didn’t believe in myself at first because honestly… I was lost. The same time I knew acting was for me was the same time I was put to the test; I got in some trouble with the law. Once I received a second chance at life I knew it was for a reason. I started to take the craft seriously and used it as my therapy to overcome the dark space I was in mentally and spiritually. Acting relieved stress, gave me hope, held me accountable, assisted me in helping others, and ultimately helped me get to know who truly am. Im blessed… pursuing the arts is pursuing my purpose and pursuing my purpose is living the dream.

Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
My trials and tribulations set me apart; but to be honest we all have a story. I’m no different than anyone else who has a dream and a desire to be somebody. Im most excited about the good karma that’s ahead of me. I feel as if the good energy I put out is finally coming back to me in the form of opportunity and success. I just wrapped a supporting role in a television feature film airing this year and a season regular role in a spin off show of a hit Daytime Emmy nominated series also airing this year. Both projects were booked by me due to just being a good, genuine, and honest person. We all face challenges in life. I overcome mine by remembering my why. My why fuels me and ultimately shines through me and my work. I want the world to know that my story is a prime example of how important it is to find your purpose and stick to it. It doesn’t have to be in the arts or broadcasted to the world. Your purpose is special regardless of the amount of recognition you receive. Acting is what I do… it’s not who I am. The ability to create is only a tool for me to be aligned with my purpose.

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?
The part about living in Atlanta, GA is that it is the best of both worlds. Its a diverse city. I like to be outside… literally lol. My favorite area is the belt line and Krog street. A great place to exercise and grab drinks and food with friends. I love a good day party on a rooftop. Nothing like bottomless mimosas and good food paired up with nice weather, and beautiful, melanated Queens vibing to their favorite trap music, mixed with a little old school jams you’d hear at a HBCU homecoming or even a family cookout. Atlanta also has the best wings… HANDS DOWN!

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
No one obtains success without the help of others. My mother and father both had a major impact in the success I’ve seen so far. My mom has given me the gift of unbreakable faith and my dad has given me the gift of what it means to be driven. My drive has a lot to do with my father. When motivation is nowhere to be found my drive makes up for it. As an artist it’s important to have drive; but that drive has to come from somewhere or something pure. My father is a real stand up guy and I admire his drive to provide for and protect his family. I work hard day in and day out to earn and receive that pat on the back from him. Ultimately I just want to make them proud.

Instagram: _kadeemisaiah

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCejZxhKCXW4VdnQvjjNo62Q

Other: IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm10135641/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_4 IMDB VANITY: imdb.me/kadeemisaiah

Image Credits
Tre Hazlewood Alex D. Rogers Mya-Bryana Morton Eralphia Trey Eckles III

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