We had the good fortune of connecting with Ronald Emile and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ronald, what makes you happy? Why?
Living in my purpose makes me happy. I don’t have a memory of a time in my life that doesn’t include me creating, more specifically writing. Even though I produce, perform stand-up & improv, act and direct, at my core I’m a writer.
I take pride in my work. The fact that I’m able to provide for myself and my family without ever really feeling like I’m at “work” makes me grateful. That gratitude allows me to be happy even when things aren’t at their best.
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.
I run a media company amongst other dope ish. I got my start in college when I saw a flyer for a rally the NAACP was having for some teenaged black youths that were being overcharged. I saw myself in them and reached out to the NAACP and offered to produce a PSA without having any background in video production, I didn’t even own a camera yet alone knew how to work one. But they liked my pitch, gave me a budget and I figured it out. I was then asked to get it on air and developed a relationship with Comcast who started feeding me clients and the rest is history in the making.
I’m really excited about so many things but my movie Murder Beach is what I’m most revved up about because I know there has never been another movie like this ever made. If done right it will produce generational wealth for my family, that way with money never being an issue again we can focus on what’s really important which is each other & community.
The biggest lesson I have learned is always trust your intuition regardless of whether it makes “sense”. I have made alot of mistakes and missed out on some serious paper because I didn’t trust what was in me but once I started to trust that voice things have gotten better and better,
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are so many people that have contributed to my success but I don’t feel like thanking anyone right now. Just kidding. I want to recognize two organizations, one that helped me in my personal development and the other in my professional journey.
The first organization(school) is Friends of Crown Heights(FCH) in Brooklyn New York. I grew up in Brooklyn, NY in the middle of the Crack Epidemic when positive images of Black men weren’t being highlighted. FCH taught me from a young age that regardless of the obstacles ahead of me that I was capable of doing anything I put my mind to and I carry that with me to this day.
The other organization that I want to Shoutout is Dad’s Garage. They have been a tremendous resource for me in a multitude of ways. From giving me a scholarship to take classes, stage time, paid gigs, professional development and just being willing to learn and grow, they have have been nothing short of a God-send.