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Inspiring Conversations with Marcus Isaiah of All Hail The Creatives

Today we’d like to introduce you to Marcus Isaiah.

Hi Marcus, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
It started with the question “What do you want to do?” – I realized that my mother sparked something in me from such a simple question. I’ve always been an active being and had my hand in multiple pots from creative arts to basketball, karate, playing the piano, swimming, bowling, track, and horseback riding. I was all over the place but something about dance just stuck with me, it just made sense. I love music and my body would always move to sound organic so one day, I just decided that I wanted to take dance classes and that’s what I did. I’ve been dancing since I was ten years movement, self-expression and entertainment have always kept my attention. I love artists like Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, and Missy Elliott.

Once I started, I didn’t stop – I attended a performing arts high school and obtained my degree in dance & choreography. I am fortunate enough to have humans in my life that exposed me to different things and disciplines that allowed me to explore my dance techniques but through the teachings of the discipline, I fell in love with the process. It was something about the production and creative aspect of it that chose me, I didn’t choose it. I love to choreograph movements on bodies which opened the door as I started to look at everything as an opportunity to be creative and from there, I discovered my passion for storytelling, branding, marketing, and production. This has propelled me into a career of creative direction/producer for multiple brands, campaigns, events, and live performances. I bring attention to detail to the coordination and execution of local, destination, and international projects.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
It hasn’t been a smooth road but it’s been a road worth traveling. I oftentimes share my experiences as I create or connect with people. I use my struggles and success as fuel and inspiration to move forward not only in my work but in my life. I’ve learned so much to get where I am now. I know I have much further to go but I’m grateful for my struggles it’s built character. I’ve struggled with clarity, sacrifice, confidence, and relationships just to name a few things but I’ve never let those things defeat me those experiences shaped me.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
In 2016, I founded All Hail The Creatives an organization with a mission to explore community through the creation of a resourceful grid for artists of color and those wanting to access their creativity. My vision is to curate mindful moments and experimental experiences that aim to heighten inspiration, enhance projects and expand businesses. My brand serves as a movement for creatives dedicated to interactive experiences that are immersed in development, direction, curation, and events. I have two series under the All Hail umbrella Squeeze, and The Blkr The Berry the newest black-owned pop-up marketplace dedicated to increasing the net worth of Black families.

Risk taking is a topic that people have widely differing views on – we’d love to hear your thoughts.
Risk-taking is all about your willingness, hope, desire, and results. I think as people we’ve been conditioned and raised in captivity to think there’s nothing out there better or it’s better to play it safe, that risks are dangerous. I like to think of myself as an explorer, I’m going to find out, I’d rather take the risk than wish ‘what if.’

I’ve been able to not only use my experiences as fuel but also my instants as motivation to do what I feel is best for me. There is no job, life, or situation that can stop me from trying something new, expanding my thought process, or limiting me to being caged in – I just won’t accept it that’s a risk within itself. I am no longer afraid of losing something. I’d had to unlearn those losing things, money, or people is a bad thing. I’ve found that better always comes along for me so I don’t regret I appreciate that job, that person, or items for what it was and what they did for that time.

I’ve taken so maybe risks with my career, with my love life, with friends & family. Every aspect of my life has been a risk I don’t just trust ol’ anything or anybody. I have experiences and when I no longer want that experience, I take the risk of moving forward and finding something else that’s out there. That doesn’t mean there isn’t an emotional attachment it just means there more risks I need to take.

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Photo Credits: Troy Mattison Brandon Alonso Corey Fletcher Rodney R. Rice Jr. Kemar Wheeler

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