Today we’d like to introduce you to Malcolm Worthy.
Hi Malcolm, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I’m originally from Virginia Beach, VA, and for as long as I can remember, I’ve always had the desire to make my own money, help others, and to be in entertainment some way. I’ve always loved making people laugh or smile even by just doing something silly to brighten the room. And honestly, since I was eight years old, I knew that I would find a way to make that happen. I’ve always had the confidence to push myself toward pursuing my dreams. I was always interested and intrigued by TV, getting most of my inspiration from Will Smith on the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. I was also passionate about sports, especially basketball. I even wanted to go to the NBA, that’s how much I loved the game. As I got older and those NBA dreams started to dwindle, I started leaning more into my other passions of film, acting, and writing. When I got to college, I actually majored in and got my Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Accounting. Outside of class, I took an interest in modeling because I love fashion and taking dope pictures was a natural talent that I enjoyed. I began to appreciate using photography to tell a story and to create art. My college roommate and friend encouraged me to start taking the steps to make these goals and dreams a reality. After graduating from college in 2017, I lived in St. Louis for a few months doing Accounting and Finance and even though I was making a decent amount of money, I was miserable and constantly thinking that I didn’t want this to be the rest of my life.
While in St. Louis, I remained active with modeling by doing fashion shows and brand collaborations. Knowing that I had to at least give myself a real chance to pursue making a career from my passions, I took a leap of faith and moved to LA in the summer of 2018. As soon as I was settled in this new city, I got straight down to business with challenging myself to learn all there is to know about the industry. I’ve been studying and developing my skills in filming, directing, writing, and acting and applying those while creating various projects for my company and for other creatives. I’ve had the opportunity to collaborate with notable brands like Riot Society, Zumiez, FYE, Tilly’s, and LoveBling Jewelry. Knowing that there are many creatives who don’t get the opportunity to use their voices or share their stories in the industry, I launched my company 1STRANGR – a creative powerhouse, in 2018 to give those artists a platform to share their art. We open our arms to those who are willing to receive love through our original content across various mediums in hopes to enrich as many spirits with the ability to maximize their own unique potential. I’m proud of the work that we’ve been able to accomplish so far and I look forward to continue creating a new lane, challenging ourselves to be authentic and allowing our art to make an impact on and inspire others.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
This road has NOT been smooth at all. As a creative, you put yourself out there and you’re expressing yourself through an art of some sort, and not everyone will understand or relate to your vision. In this industry, sometimes your art is left to others to determine whether it’s good or entertaining or worth being seen or heard by more people. Going through that so many times can start to create doubt, especially if that criticism is coming from the people you love too. It’s enough to make you want to question everything and consider doing something else entirely. I mean, that plus saving money to move into your own space, working multiple jobs to fund your projects, being across the country and away from your family, and making enough time to really work on and perfect your crafts…it can really take a toll on you. And this is just the start of the journey. I’m still not ultimately where I want to be in life. But, even with all that, my passion for creating art and telling stories that leave an impact and that can help someone else makes it worth it. I’m motivated by the liberating feeling of creating art and letting that art be a resource or tool to help the next person. I just make a conscious decision every day to take the challenges for what they are, continue to learn and develop my crafts, and create my own lane. That helps me to stay focused on the bigger picture.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I think if I had to sum up what I do, I’d say that I’m a storyteller. I enjoy telling stories in different ways that allow me to express life, thoughts, and ideas. Having the freedom to do that is my best form of therapy and self-love. Over the last couple of years, I’ve really opened up and trusted my instincts to learn how to express myself in so many different ways. Modeling was my first creative outlet, and I’ve been a part of various campaigns and collaborated with many brands and photographers to artistically express myself through imagery and photography. Modeling has also allowed me to use my art to convey the story of others and bring their visions to life. Since 2018, I’ve submerged myself with telling stories through photography, directing, screenwriting, and acting. And as of 2020, I published my first book, titled UNIDENTIFIED, which is a fashion lookbook and poetry journal. I started my creative journey while in college and I’ve been dedicated to continuously learning, growing, and applying myself ever since. My love and passion for creating art and storytelling actually inspired me to create a space for other visionaries and storytellers. I’ve worked and studied to really understand the process of being in front of and behind the camera.
In 2018, I launched my own production company, 1STRANGR (pronounced as One-Stranger) where we share all types of stories and content with the purpose of being real and authentic and sharing that uniqueness with the world in hopes of leaving an impact on those who come in contact with our art. Since its inception, my company, 1STRANGR, released its first music video short film “Brackets” in 2019 which made the semifinals in the Film Freeway Festival’s Artists Emerged category and we’ve just completed the production of our second project, “Blue: The Short Film”, which will be releasing this year! What sets us apart is that we really push and support true authenticity, individuality and encouraging people to be the best versions of themselves. At 1STRANGR, we’re humans first, and we want to provide a space where you can be just that. We have so much content and a variety of unique stories in the works and we strive to give other visionaries a platform to share their stories and voices with the world. I think what I’m most proud of is being able to learn, grow, and apply myself and giving other people the freedom and opportunity to do the same. I can’t wait to see what the future has in store because there are no limits and I’m only just getting started.
What do you like and dislike about the city?
I love LA! It’s given me everything that I thought it could and more, and it has allowed me to really hone in on my crafts. One thing that I’ve learned since moving to the City of Angels is that time, opportunities, and success wait for no one. You have to wake up every morning and go after everything you want in this life. It’s all up to you. It’s definitely not easy here. I mean, the cost of living alone makes it hard. Plus, I’m on a different coast and away from my family so it gets lonely as well. But, it builds a different type of hunger and drives for success…at least for me, it does. And, while I’m here…I’m going to keep pursuing my goals, making an impact, and enjoying the paradise.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: www.1strangr.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/malcolmworld/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/malcolmworld?s=21
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