We had the good fortune of connecting with Ron Evans and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ron, how do you think about risk?
Risk taking is a gamble, meaning, risk taking can go your way or the very opposite.
I think about RISK as being a challenge to overcome. Risks are tricky, but WHEN it works in your favor, the payoff will give you so much gratification, because you OVERCAME that challenge.
As for the second part of that question, what role has risk taking played in my life/career? Risk taking in my life and career has been phenomenal! As challenging as the risks were, they had BIG payoff attached to them. Making the risks worth every second endured.
For example, me relocating to Atlanta from the Midwest, all by myself in 2017, with no connections. It was the BIGGEST risk/leap of faith that I had ever took, at the age of 26. Yes, it was scary. Yes, it was challenging, but I knew that the risk was needed, and I also knew that that risk would be a life changing experience. Coming from the Midwest where my personal and career growth was limited.
Because of that risk, I am now a Georgia State University graduate. Because of that risk, I can work with/meet other talented creatives like myself. Because of that risk, I am now on the road to fulfilling ALL my dreams as a Creative Artist/Entertainer. Because of that risk, I have become a better me!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
What sets me apart from others is my drive, my personality, and my creativity. When it comes to my art, my art is meant to captivate its viewers. Color x Architecture x Clothing is my specialty. What sets it apart is the composition, the vibrance, and the style of the photo.
On the contrary, I’ve been pouring a lot into my acting/blogging/production cup. My entire life I’ve explored my behind-the-scene talents (with photography, fashion, writing), in 2022, it’s time that I explore my in-front-of-the-scene talents as well. And that’s exactly what I’ve been doing.
Lately, I’ve been using my voice to recap and review some of the hottest tv shows on my YouTube channel. In addition to that, I’ve been auditioning for acting roles, and working on some MAJOR tv/movie sets doing background and stand-in acting.
So, to answer the question, how did I get to where I am today professionally? By simply just going for it! Taking that risk. Putting one foot in front of the other, despite the pace of progress. Life is too short to sit on your gifts, and this pandemic has REALLY awakened me to that matter. I’ve lost both my father AND grandmother to this pandemic; I refuse to let either of them down. I can choose to sit and mope around, OR I can choose to use that pain as fuel to climb mountains that I’ve dreamt of climbing. I choose the second option.
The 3 lessons I’ve learned through it all:
– To keep going.
– Stive for better.
– Any progress is better than no progress at all.
What do I want the world to remember about me and my story? Is that I NEVER gave up! No matter the obstacles I’ve endured on my journey, I kept going. All in the name of feeding and staying true to my soul and spirit.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
For starters, to feed the creative mind, I’d take my friend to the “High Museum of Art”. This is the biggest Art Museum in Atlanta, with phenomenal art displays from different Artists all around the world.
Restaurant wise, we’d go to “9 Mile Station” for brunch or dinner, on the rooftop of Ponce City Market. That alone is a PHENOMINAL experience, with food reasonable prices. (Just make sure you make a reservation in advance)
At some point, we MUST go to “Mary Mac’s Tea Room” in Midtown, for the AMAZING soul food. Try ANYTHING on the menu, you won’t regret it.
You can’t come to Atlanta and NOT get some chicken, that’s law! (Laugh out loud) That being said, you MUST go to “J.R. Crickets” in Midtown. Their lemon pepper AND barbecue flavored wings are to die for! A 10-piece wing with fries on the side will set you over the top. I assure you!
As far as the club/lounge experience, I must take my friend to the “Boogalou Restaurant & Lounge” in Midtown (preferably on a Friday during happy hour). Their SWING chairs at the bar is a unique and unmatched experience, and their DJ’s are phenomenal.
To get my Midwest food fix, I’d take my friend to “Harold’s Chicken”, to the Downtown – Egdewood location (during the day). Their chicken is good as well, but I typically go there for a pizza puff (being the only place I can find that in Atlanta). This place has a lounge setup and typically have a DJ. (Beware of the sticky parking situation at the DT location. This place turns into a lounge/club experience at night, especially weekend nights)
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to give recognition to a handful of my art/entertainment peers! Because without their support and presence, I probably wouldn’t have made it as far…
Lastly, I must thank Georgia State University for help steering me and assuring me of my path.
S’Maria Gray Giovanna Qadriciana