We had the good fortune of connecting with Okoye Phelps and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Okoye, what do you attribute your success to?
Having the ability to recognize personal life experiences as the key to creativity. Everyone’s walk through life is different, and we are taught to aspire to be our own individual selves, but some of the best creative projects are transformed from an artists’ ability to present relatable experiences in an entertaining way. Through my early years of writing, I found myself constantly looking for a main subject matter, hence why my first book was more of a compilation rather than a set theme. But after being presented with my own real life obstacles, as well as attempting to help other through their own, I realized experiences may be different but it’s natural for people to find relatable aspects within others. This allowed me to dig deeper into my own life and influenced a more developed and centralized style that could be both entertaining and connect with the audience.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
From the success of my writing, I think I’m most proud about selling copies of my latest book overseas. I worked hard on trying to develop the concept, especially knowing I’d have not only my own personal stories within the book, but other’s as well. So being able to see someone on the other side of the planet appreciate my writing opens up a new perspective and overall goals. My writing ability is somewhat natural, however most of my “studying” came from my obsession with reading rap lyrics when I was young. Doing that allowed me to easily catch on to the concepts of poetry and how it should be written. So in regards to my actual ability to write professionally, I wouldn’t say the process was hard because I genuinely love doing it. However, when it comes to keeping a format for a book and having to remember the structure you planned over a course of years, it can become difficult. But desiring to push through and complete the task at hand ultimately taught me lessons along the way. After completing my last book, I discovered everyone desires to be vulnerable to their upmost ability; most people are just afraid or was taught to work against it rather than with it. So with that being said, I hope my writing is able to encourage others to let some guards down and present a their own artistic vulnerability to the world.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d honestly have to say anyone I’ve had a extended moments of communication with. Whether it was for a few minutes or years worth of interaction, I try my best to learn from everyone. Everyone’s story is different and everyone’s views on life has an ability to increase another’s success. It’s just a matter of knowing how to apply the right parts to your own life.