Today we’d like to introduce you to Xavier Beloved.
Xavier, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
My start with creation is a simple one. Of course, like most black children growing up in LA it was the music first. My older brothers blasting west coast essentials at the time; Kurupt, Snoop, Game, a lot of DJ Quik. My mother and father were older so I got Aretha, The Delfonics, Minnie Rippleton, and Luther Vandross. Music was first in my life but it wasn’t my first creative passion.
Late One Night or Early One Morning, all I know is I wasn’t supposed to be up, but I caught a Rerun of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. It was the episode where Will has the breakdown about his father leaving, it was almost like a light switch went on for me. I felt this feeling of I want to do that. I want to provoke this much emotion, this much thought. That scene made me feel something, I knew it was all fake but it didn’t feel fake, and that was the caliber of talent I wanted to have. I would play characters for myself, give them tragic backstories or mundane trivial lives it was fun.
Music and I got close again once I entered middle school, My headphones laced with 50 Cent, HSM soundtracks, Green Day, and a newcomer Drake. My first solo performance was my 8th-grade year, they only let us perform already popular songs, I wanted to be “The Coolest” and to me then nothing was cooler than Lupe Fiasco. Getting up on that stage and performing “Superstar” solidified every feeling I ever had before then I knew this is what I want to do for the rest of my life. I attended Hamilton Music Academy in West LA for high school excelled in anything theatre-related, found a new love for poetry and photography, and I finally started creating and producing my own content.
Fast forward to today, I’ve Graduated from Dillard University with a BA in Theatre Arts with a concentration in Performance, I’m represented by Spectrum Global LA, and I’m still creating across all mediums.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
There have been many struggles and usually, the biggest one is Money, because the industry and world revolve around it. I’m here to say it’s still a struggle funding your dreams is always going to be the biggest challenge but you stay resilient and never quit and most of all as the great Tim Gunn says “Make It Work”. Work with everything you got okay you can’t afford big lights and bounce boards or a fancy camera. I’ve done shoots with my iPhone and a homemade ring light outta Christmas lights. You are the master of your own fate so when you come across an obstacle you are the only one that will keep you from overcoming it.
Second biggest struggle that everyone who wants to create should get used to is rejection and hearing the word “NO”. I’ve been told no so many times. “No, that idea is too big” “No your not what we’re looking for” “No it’s not in budget.” You gotta take that rejection and not let it define you but mold you to become better. Every ”No” is not a personal attack on your talent, just like you the people working on projects have put their hearts and souls into something and they want it to be right the same way you would with your art.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the iiiNTELLEKTual Entertainment story. Tell us more about your work.
iiiNTELLEKTual Entertainment is a collective of Creative Intellectuals who make art that will help humans transcend “Social Constructs”. We’ve touched topics like Popularity, Pretty Privilege, Time, Mental Health in the Black Community and many others. I do not limit any of the people I work with but I always keep the reminder that this art is meant to educate, heal, and provoke thought and conversation. Intellects produce content for the stage, for film/television, and of course music. We are working toward finding more graphic designers both digital and on canvas. I am most proud of the fact that no one including myself is getting a check for the work we do. Everyone apart of our team creates because something inside them fuels them to create.
This is their passion and they wouldn’t have it any other way. Mae Jemison once said, “Never limit yourself because of others’ limited imagination; never limit others because of your own limited imagination.” Rising to excellence, while also being Black, in the business of entertainment I have a duty to bring out every aspect of myself to inspire, provoke thought, and heal. Never knowing what the person next to me has seen, experienced, has done, or have had done to them but remembering that at a basic level we all have thoughts, dreams, aspirations, goals that we want to fulfill. She also said “Don’t let anyone rob you of your imagination, your creativity, or your curiosity. It’s your place in the world, it’s your life.
Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live.” Entertainment has always been my playground for exploration; from stepping into boots of an evil magic man or challenging my peers to play devil’s advocate. There are so many stories waiting to be told, so many ways for them to be interpreted, and millions of possibilities on how it can affect the people of this world. I take my stake in that, in knowing that our voice and art could be the spark for another child, for our peers or elders to say I can see a piece of myself in this and choose to feed their souls through a creative passion or hobby. We are here to be servants of a craft that bring us pure joy and it is our purpose to create.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
Luck is when Opportunity meets Readiness.
There is no worst feeling than knowing your perfect for something and not having the tools to show whomever. Stay Ready always Stay Ready. If your ready when opportunity knocks at your door it won’t come late, you won’t be stuck in traffic on the way Becca you planned and you were ready to go when the time came. No need to check bags because you know you have everything.
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