We had the good fortune of connecting with Noah Washington and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Noah, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
My family. Growing up my parents instilled artistic expression which they received from their parents and so on. Every friday night, my Dad would sit me and my siblings down for a family movie night. It would be a different movie every week, ranging from classic noir to Studio Ghibli. This variety informed a lot of my creative expression later in life.
When I turned 15, I went into the hospital for bacterial meningitis. I lost the ability to fulfill certain skills, such as reading and basic speech. My Dad then took it upon himself to read with me every night and re-instill those basic skills in me. During those moments with my Dad, I realized the power of storytelling. Seeing the beauty of the narrative unfold was astonishing and in my most dreadful moments, they would fill my heart with hope.
My Grandmother then pushed it even further. We would listen to classic artists like Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, and Chet Baker. She was also in love with the visual arts and would often look at nature and say,
“Look at what God did. He just took his paintbrush and made all of this”.
She passed a few years ago and whenever I think of that saying, I tear up a little.
For a few years in college, I lived with my Mom and she further pushed my artistic endeavors (if you tell her that, I will deny it). She served as my counsel and gave me wisdom that I may not have wanted to hear, but needed to hear. I come from an artistic family with artistic sensibilities and those were carried into me.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a Writer, Producer, as well as a Journalist. What sets me apart from others is my unique brand of self- identity. I am quirky and I am not afraid to acknowledge that. I love bossa nova and classic romance movies. I will always try everything at least once. I do this to broaden my horizons and learn something that I usually wouldn’t do. I got here with the help of others. It takes a village. For anybody starting out is difficult, but when you are authentic and know what you want it gets easier. I learned a lot of lessons, but the most important one is, “Never give up. Never give in”. Adversity is the name of the game. Just remember Rome wasn’t built in a day. When, I think of what I want the world to think of my story, I want them to say, “He never gave up”.
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?
I have so many people to thank, it’s absolutely insane. So I’ll keep each one short. First, I have to say, my Grandmother. She loved art, no matter the medium and made sure that my siblings and I were informed on art in many different cultures.
The second is my brother. He always has something to say (good or bad), but is never unwelcomed.
The rest are in no particular order.
My Father, who I often have long discussions on literature, film, and any other medium that art is expressed with.
My Mother, who was my day one homie.
My creative partner Solomon Simmons. He is an absolute and definitive creative genius. Whenever I have an idea that I do not know how to execute he always has the answer on how to do it. I can’t say enough about this king. We would spend hours just talking creative direction and if he didn’t have the answer his Dad most certainly would.
My mentor/mom, Lisa Ferrell who always has my back. She is another person who I just can’t say enough about and I couldn’t possibly leave out of this group.
My Grandfather, who showed me how art can impact a community.
Finally, Eboney Wiggers at Southside Dash Radio. I just couldn’t operate without her.
There are so many people and they know who they are. So please know that I appreciate every single one of you.
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