UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa .– Performing artist, poet, educator and writer Lacresha Berry spoke at the Penn State Forum Lecture Series on November 5 at the university park. Better known as “Bay,” the singer and the playwright gave a talk entitled “Finding Your Lane: A Crash Course on Believing in Yourself and the Work You Create”, exploring the themes of creativity, business, entrepreneurship and building a true career.

Berry started the conversation with his spoken poetry: “I am a designer. I have ideas in my head a thousand a minute. I am often overwhelmed by my own thoughts, wondering how I will swim in a world of sharks. But I also have layers and layers and layers of teeth. And this’ art-taker‘Life made me drink an infusion that makes breast hair grow. And you, no matter what mom, dad, any teacher, everyone tells you: you are, we are, you are an artist. Are you an artist. You will refuse to be broken.

During her discussion, Berry explained how she created a career she loveseven when the path was not always easy or clear.

After initially pursuing her passion for teaching after college, in 2014 she made the choice to follow her internal voice to become a full-time artist. She talked about the mistakes she made along this journey playing and singing every night for free, cashing in 401K and not getting enough sleep – and skills she’s learned over time that she thinks all creative people should know, including how to use social media as a platform, run a website, develop products, and negotiate a contract.

Since 2002, Berry produced three one-woman shows, including “brunette girl. Bluegrass “and” TUBMAN “, which she performed nationwide.brunette girl. Bluegrass “, Bay documented his life as brunette girl as an adult in the bluegrass state of Kentucky.

Most recently, she created “TUBMAN” to reinvent the life of Harriett Tubman, an abolitionist who drove hundreds of slaves to freedom along the Underground Railroad, as a young girl in today Harlem. In a time of political discord, Berry said the play arose from wondering what “Tubman would do in a time like this”. She said the game examined the life of the influential woman and the centuries-old struggle with race, gender and equality through a theatrical lens. ”

During the conversation, Berry encouraged members of the audience to “share your story, create art that works for you, ask for and get what you want, and define your own path.”“And shared How? ‘Or’ What his career definition Success has evolved over the years.

“I want to be able to create art and earn a living out of this. That’s it, ”Berry said. “When I was 20, I wanted to be famous. That’s what my job was going to be. Now it’s like, am I inspiring? Are minds changing? Am I experiencing my own journey? Am I being honest? Do I sleep well at night while doing the work I am doing? “

When she’s not playing, Berry always teaches oral poetry to middle and high school students in the Bronx, leads educational workshops and writes programs. Among his companies, she is currently writing his first novel for young adults “See Janelle,” and has a dedicated next of its content mode om her Instagram, style blog and YouTube channel.

Bay won her BA in Theater from the University of Kentucky and now lives in Queens, New York.

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Last updated on September 03, 2020