Today we’d like to introduce you to Que Morgan.
Que, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
My passion for voice developed when I learn the power of speaking. The voice is the pathway to connect, understand and express one’s opinion. I’ve watched how words have built people up and I’ve watched as words ripped them apart. It’s true that negative self-talk can never help you live a positive life. As a native of Pontiac, MI., I was raised by father who struggled with drug addiction, anger and resentment. As a result, I took a lot of abuse physically and mentally. I have no flashbacks of the times I was beat but the words that scared me took a long time to heal.
They say the ones who have had it the hardest often try to make it the easiest for others. I remember being 11 years old when I would stand in front of my bed as if it was an audience after getting into it with my dad and telling the crowd of pillows looking at me that… “it hurts now but you will see the sun and better will come.” I don’t know if it was the pillow crowd conversations, spelling bees, talent shows or church services that stripped away my low self-esteem, but confidence started to finally conquer at 17 years old. Before I knew it, I was licensed as a Minister, hosted my first official event for $175 and was inspired to spark the word through speaking. Whether as a speaker, officiant, hype man or host, today I understand that muted words never moved anyone.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I guess it’s only right that I quote the famous lyric by J.Cole which say’s “it’s beauty in the struggle, ugliness in the success.” In 2015, I started my own radio show through a local college which focused on sharing individuals’ passions, products and perspectives. In 2017, I said goodbye to my show and took on the task of being in front of the camera. I was offered the opportunity to host a Facebook live show on The Word Network called Millennial Meal. This was the best of times and the worst of times at the same time.
I remember during the last few episodes of the season getting news that my grandmother had two days to live. This was the women who stepped in when my dad was gone, when mom never came back, when my heart was hurt and when life left me with a lot of questions. I was struggling, and I didn’t know how to balance a personal life, building a brand and trying to stay mentally solid. I think that’s the battle we all face as creatives but personally, I was losing myself and no one even knew it. But I had to realize that sometimes things go wrong just so that things can go right. It was hard, but I had to show up, confront my truths and put in the work even when I didn’t feel like it.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
Today, my passion for voice is often expressed in a few different ways. Some of them include being an emcees’, event host, motivational speakers and moderators. I share in the value of turning mundane moments into memorable ones through the art of conversation. They say the ones who have had it the hardest often try to make it the easiest for others. I’ve had the pleasure of being a part of over 45 events from retreats to mental health day gatherings. I guess you can say my high-energy and inspirational perspective helps people to connect and challenges them to change the world they impact. I would have to say the thing that sets me apart from most is my enthusiasm, passion and professionalism.
I’ve watched so many people do things out of gaining a name or trying to increase their income but that has never been my focus. I love people, connecting and impacting communities. I’ve been affording the chance to be featured in Miami Community News, The Michigan Chronical, Black Christian Influencers Blog and Speakers Magazine. As well as connecting with some incredible brands such as Bank of America, BuzzFeed, Think!, 910 AM Superstation and The Word Network. My motto for myself when it comes to events has always been “I’m coming early, I’m leaving late and I’m driving myself.” I truly am all about building a culture of empathy and accountability. I work hard to assist my clients with advance event program development, strategic content for discussions and setting a tone for events that everyone can connect with.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
I’ve always been an open book if you ask but certainly, I have pages that were written in private. A lot of my own healing journey was documented privately before it was ever shared publicly. I think it’s important to protect your heart, mind and your craft. I talk more openly now because I realized there is no power in the old hush and heal method. When it comes to some of my success I think it would have to be taking on the approach of speaking up even if my voice shakes. I am not afraid to talk about black mental health, healing or standing alongside companies I know are fighting for Diversity and Inclusion. My goal in life is to show people what they are capable of & I think that’s what the art of communication does; it holds up a mirror that allows you to see what really matters and find meaning. Therefore, it doesn’t matter the platform the delivery will always be the same from me.
- Website: www.QueMorgan.com
- Email: Connect@QueMorgan.com
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