Φ Do you remember what you were doing when the light bulb went off in your head that said,”I want to be a writer”.
I didn’t have that “light bulb moment“, it was more of a looking down a long dark tunnel and seeing a light, you know the light is very far away but, you know you must walk towards it to get out that dark tunnel. As I was walking towards the light I was constantly thinking what am I going to do once I reach the light. I had many ideas and somehow writing was a natural fit for me, cause I was able to articulate what the experience and journey was like walking down the tunnel to the light.
How do you dissuade those negative voices that other people put in your head and keep it moving?
As I decided to make some real and significant changes in my life I decided I wasn’t gonna let negative things people think or said about me, have an effect on how I was going to live my life, how I pursued my dreams and how I thought about myself. I was tired of trying to be what other people seen me to be so negative stuff didn’t mean nothing.
When did you get your first big break; the one that led to the most notoriety?
I guess I started to gain notoriety when I appeared on Comedy Central’s Colbert Report. I was a guest on the show and did an interview about my book, Changin’ Your Game Plan: How to use incarceration as a stepping stone for success. I have been on the Wendy Williams Experience, in The New York Times, The New York Daily News (Twice) and numerous other media venues. But I still have to grind. I think we’re all looking for that big break, but we have to be prepared to put the hard work in to make our own big break.
Writing requires a lot of discipline, how are you able to find time and the mental fortitude to sit down and write a complete book? And have you ever had writers block and what’s the cure?
To be honest with you, I’m working on two books right now at the same time. Of course when I was in prison I had all the time in the world to write, so it wasn’t a matter of discipline. Now that I’m out, it’s been very hard to write cause I have so much going on. I tell people to write three pages a day and after a hundred days you have your book complete. But I need to follow my own advice. I wear many hats and as an independent author I have to write, publish, market, promote and sell the books and that leaves time for not much else. I never really have had writer’s block, cause I write non-fiction I don’t have to create characters and scenes and so forth. I write with the passion to convey a message and/or information which can have an impact on someone or groups of people.
When you first got out of prison what was the biggest adjustment for you; did you feel like you were out of style or that technology had changed? And what was it that you found the most awkward in your readjustment back into civilian life?
I didn’t have a big cultural shock when I got out of prison. I had pretty much stayed abreast of all the advances that were taking places while I was gone. I read a lot and though I never been on a computer, I knew how they worked and all I needed to do was get in front of one and I knew I would catch on fast and I did. Learning to use a cell phone was a lil’ challenging at first. I didn’t worry about being in style; I was worried about building a life so style was the last thing I was worried about. When you’re a real man, doing real things you will always be in style.
Tell us a about your most recent work?
I’m working on a book and documentary titled, From Prison to Prosperity: The Randy Kearse Story. Can you give me a brief description of what it’s about? It’s the autobiography of my life, before during and after the trials and tribulations.
What is the point of in-sighting interest in your book; the most compelling, the part that you read and it just hooks you?
That, I’m not your stereotypical black man; come from a broken home, dysfunctional family, fatherless, household story of a young black male who got caught up in the streets that I’m not; a product of my environment. I’m a product of my choices.
How did you survive in prison?
I focused on the future. While some guys were glorifying who they used to be, I was striving to become. To rise above the circumstances and walk away a new person. I stayed to myself and stayed out of frivolous prison nonsense.
What resonates the most in your mind when you think about prison?And how do you use that emotional recall to help guide you through the rough patches in life?
How people are wasting valuable time. How the street and prison mentality is so poisonous. I use that emotional recall by remembering that time is our most precious commodity, something we are given as a birthright, but we are only given a certain amount of time, and if we squander our time, we’ll look at the time we had and realize we have nothing to show for it.
In closing; for those brothas and sistas out there headed on that one way path to destruction what’s the one prison story you could tell them that would make them just abruptly change course?
One day a guy called home and his girlfriend told him that she was leaving him, he yelled at her, he screamed at her, he threatened her, he cried to her, but when it was all said and done, she left him. He went to his cell and hung himself later that night. Prison is not a joke, people die in prison, prison is not this glorious cultural place that makes you a man or woman, it’s a place of pain misery and suffering.
If people wanna learn more about Randy Kearse, you can visit www.randykearse.net where you can order his past and most current works. He is currently available for speaking, workshops, and presentations.
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