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Daily Inspiration: Meet Drew MacPowell

Today we’d like to introduce you to Drew MacPowell.

Hi Drew, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
My story could be summed up as the average middle-class American childhood. If you only stayed at the birds-eye view from the house, I grew up in a metropolitan town right outside of Atlanta, GA. Growing up as the sensitive, unique, creative, and relational extroverted one. People have told me I could talk to a tree and it would talk back, lol! But, never did I ever really see myself as an artist. The arts were never shied away from in my family but I never saw it as a profession. It wasn’t until I was in my mid-20s until I realized I don’t need to identify as an artist but it’s naturally who I am. Looking back, I see it’s been that way my whole life.

Once I set out for college in Minnesota, my life was far from boring. Spring boarding me into the chapter of a beautiful unforeseen future. Little did I know that studying culture and communications with other people from other countries would set a strong foundation for my storytelling. I will never forget my years spent in Kenya and Israel. Learning so much from people who think differently and tell stories from different perspectives. It’s been a big venture with many mountain tops but also many traversing caves. However, I wouldn’t change a thing to be where I am today.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
I would say my greatest challenges and obstacles revolve around the intersection of my queerness and my spirituality. Very few spaces in my life have allowed for my sexuality and connection with God to coincide in peace. We may never know why, but anxiety, panic attacks, and depression seem to be friends I’ve had to grow through. Mental health is so important to me, and I find transparency in being genuine and authentic to yourself. When the pain of life knocks on the door, dead bolting seems to be the most comfortable option. But I’ve learned to invite them in for a cup of tea and sit with them for a while instead. Sitting with uncomfortable emotions and experiences isn’t easy, but I’ve found that it helps me know myself better.In turn, it’s allowed me to bring the trustiest energy into the craft of storytelling.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
My work has been one of the things that always pushes me further than I expected it too. They have helped me grow not only as an artist but as a human as well. Whether it’s a passion project of my own or doing freelance, every project is an opportunity to gain knowledge and become a better me. Since 2012 I’ve been working with people from all cultures and backgrounds for most of my career. Focusing on video content creation, long and short.

In 2018, I established my film company, Uzima Studios. Which has a team base from around the world with all types of creatives. I have had the opportunity to grow by working in several countries and with professionals across all sectors of the entertainment industry.

While I was living in Israel, I got the privilege to pop my film director cherry by making my first short film. The success surrounding my film has been very affirming as it has garnered attention across the globe. Winning multiple awards from well-established film festivals in NYC and LA, including two awards for best first-time director!

We at Uzima are also honored to start and partner with film festivals. Along with being passionate about investing in independent filmmakers.

The coolest thing for me and probably the most important is learning it’s all about the team and people you place in your life. Whether it’s for a cocktail, patio hangs, or on a production set. Surrounding yourself with like-minded people and others who think differently is key.

How do you think about happiness?
Honestly, happiness to me isn’t always laughing or enjoying a moment, it’s a state of mind that I hold onto even in seasons of life. The emotion of being happy can come and go just like a dried leaf. However, to me being content with where I am and proud of how hard the work was to get to that moment is where I thrive to be. I use that contentment to propel me forward in the story of my journey, just waiting to see who will enter my life and how they will affect the art we create.

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Rachel Kathryn
Syd Brown
Michio Nagata
Dmitry Sun
Sam Roberts

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