We had the good fortune of connecting with omó pastor and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi omó pastor, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Surface level, life is lowkey, highkey a risk. Anything can happen at anytime. The “risk” gets higher depending on race, class, gender and how they intersect. Most folx are winging it. Going with what feels right to them and what their intuition tells them.
On a deeper level, it is not 100% a risk, but stars simply aligning, and we may not know nor see the final way it all aligns because we have not elevated to that level yet. As you elevate the “risk” level lowers. It becomes alignment.
However, pushing forward is the resistance. It is telling the world you trust and believe in yourself regardless if you do or don’t.
My whole career is what folx might call a “risk”. I could be working somewhere for folx. Doing something I love on someone else’s schedule. I could play by my parent’s rulebook. I could play by my culture’s adopted rulebook. But I don’t. My career endeavors are mostly me waking up, or reasoning with myself, and deciding I want to embark on this journey. Then I’d pray about it. And watch everything fall into place.
Or I start to peep some kind of signs that align with this specific journey. I know what my goals are; I know what my passions are. I know how to execute. So I do that, and most the time I do not know where I’m going, but my head is guiding me, so I go.
I took so many L’s in this life that most folx don’t know about even my family, but I keep pushing and embarking on new roads along my journey. I moved around plenty of times. I do not know for sure where I’ma be in a few years, but I know I’ma be elevated doing what I love because I got the sources of life embedded in me. Not knowing is the risk, but I just be like, omó, everything go make sense one day Everything is aligning. And that’s that.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m a storyteller as a filmmaker, photographer, curator and writer.
Each aspect of my art is interconnected.
I grew up around a lot of different people on different journeys in life. I make friends with different folx from ex-convicts to doctors. If you’re dope with calm vibes, we straight.
My work embodies all of this. I create for the streets and the scholars and all those in between. I believe in both worlds and highlight the beauty in all things considered ugly or abnormal.
I am bringing out the authentic narratives.
I have had many challenges along the journey.
Challenges come for a reason, and sometimes you just have to chill and realign yourself. When things get hard, I’m finna cry and refresh my soul. That feels good, and gets me recharged.
That’s what I want the world to know. It will get rough, but if you built for it, you gon’ elevate regardless. It’s in the stars. Fab said “The best thing about coming from the bottom is that the only way to go is up.”
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I just will shoutout to my tribe. Both physical and spiritual gang.
Photographer for portrait of myself in brown coat is @nii_okaidja Model for second person in green: @kizzington_ Model in dry cleaners: @o.ewola