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Check Out Grasan Kingsberry’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Grasan Kingsberry.

Hi Grasan, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I’ve always been one who followed my inspirations. As a child, I remember having so many interests in so many different things from music, dance, art, fashion, and sports. I was creatively expressive as a kid, and that has stayed with me into adulthood!

I am originally from Charlotte, NC, the youngest of three and the only boy in the family. My upbringing and the support from my family allowed me to explore any and everything I had an interest in. I drew and painted, I took dance class, I played musical instruments, I played sports, I sang, wrote songs, performed in small crowds and big crowds.

I moved to NYC right after I graduated high school. Charlotte is where I’m from, but NYC is where I really grew up. My career as a performer began with weeks left until graduating from The Juilliard School. My pathway to Broadway started with an open call for “Aida,” which was where I made my debut. From then, I went on to perform in 10 Broadway productions, including both the original production and Tony Award-winning revival production of “The Color Purple.” We received industry recognition with a Daytime Emmy, Grammy, and Tony award.

While living in New York, I was able to cross over as a performing artist and do television and film, like NBC’s “Smash” and “I Am Legend” starring Will Smith.

I moved to Los Angeles in 2018. The transition wasn’t the easiest, but thankfully I had my partner here to help me with that adjustment period. Shortly after moving to LA, I realized I could not wait for opportunities to come to me. I had to create them! That was the impetus to give birth to our company {subject to change}. We founded {subject to change} in 2019, and it is a gender-neutral streetwear clothing brand. We got tired of the status-quo way of success, gender norms of fashion and wanted to represent our LGBTQ+ community. Since our inception, we’ve had partnerships with HOT8Yoga, P-volve, and Barry’s.

As an interdisciplinary artist, I value the developmental and creative process, which is why I recently took a position as Lecturer in Dance for Musical Theatre at University of Southern California. I believe it is my duty to give back to my community of young talent and impart with them the knowledge and wisdom I’ve gained over the years as a professional artist.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
One of the biggest struggles along the path of my journey has been that thing we all have, experience hearing, and so loathe…the self-saboteur. That little (sometimes loud) voice in your head that tells you you can’t… you’re not enough… you’re terrible… or any of those other self-deprecating and limiting thoughts. What is has taught me is to be more mindful. Simply put, be mindful of where my put my attention to. I set daily intentions and affirmations to help establish a more on purpose with a purpose way of life.

Also, the most consistent challenge of working in showbiz and entrepreneurship has been learning to dealing with rejection and no’s. Sometimes rejection is (God’s) protection. What is ultimately meant for you will come to you in a manner of timing.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
What sets me apart from most other artists is that I am classically trained in music, voice, dance, and acting, which gives me the ability to move through various forms of performing arts. As an educator, those skills, talents, and experience allow for a more expansive toolkit to access when teaching young artists. I’ve used all of those skills and abilities in my entrepreneurial endeavors as well, as a co-founder, designer, and model.

We’re always looking for the lessons that can be learned in any situation, including tragic ones like the Covid-19 crisis. Are there any lessons you’ve learned that you can share?
I’ve learned the importance of discerning what is truth/factual and what is based on lies/opinion. It’s okay to have a different view or opinion so long as that view doesn’t cause harm or offense to another. I’ve also learned how to set firmer boundaries to protect myself for my spiritual and psychological well-being. Not everyone deserves access to you.

Additionally, you have to make sure your cup is full before giving to any and everyone else. So, I make it a point to fill my cup up so much that there’s an overflow onto my saucer/plate, and that’s where I give from. I meditate, journal, listen to music, do yoga and breathwork, vision-board, sit in the sunlight, laugh with friends, and anything that nourishes me and gives me tonic feelings of love and light.

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Felisha Tolentino; Blake Eiermann; CLI Studios; Betsy Struxness; Kyle Kleiboeker

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