We had the good fortune of connecting with Verlenzo Hawk and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Verlenzo, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I believe you, “gotta risk it to get the biscuit”. Of course your thoughts may try to talk you out of it, but that’s when calculated risks come into play. I’ve learned that taking the initial move, will lead you to take more risks as you progress down a certain path. For me: that initial move was taking a break from school when I used to be an accounting major. I contemplated for months and I honestly still wasn’t sure it was the right choice at the time, but the decision was made. That leap lead to the risk I took to move to Atlanta for film school in Fall 2018. That risk has put me in a great spot to elevate my career. My next risk is a streaming series I’m working on and honestly, I’m ready for it.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 believe the main thing that sets me apart from others is that I’m a weirdo and I’ll claim that title with a smile on my face. I make projects I believe should exist and I’m aware everyone won’t be a fan & that’s okay. Whether it’s a skit, short film, or one of our upcoming streaming series, I’m all about making something that can ultimately make me internally happy during playback. My main goal is to improve as filmmaker, including writing, directing, and acting. I’m very much so on the right path but it’s about time for another level of elevation. Attaining this level of confidence wasn’t an easy task & it honestly still dips from time to time. I’m learning that’s just life, and as long as I don’t dwell in that feeling for too long, I’ll be fine. My brand name is CurbSquad and under that same name is where I post all of my work on my website (both as a creator or an actor/crew member). The name is a high school thing that has always stuck with me and now I legally own it (trademark) and I love that for me. Lessons learned: always be adaptable and it’s better to have too much food on set than not enoughIf you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
CO Restaurant Iron Age The movie theater (R.I .P) Piedmont ParkShoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My mother. She’s provided for me in a way that can never be repaid, although I plan on financial reimbursing her for everything. She’s allowed me to able to be the person who can pursue this crazy dream of mine. My Virginia brothers – y’all know who you are. A very special shout-out to my friend, Celeste. She’s been a huge factor in my development over the past year and I can’t wait to share more of what we’ve been working on.
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