| Adrian Jay Neil Jr.
WE ALL REACH a point in our lives where we have to reevaluate, be it careers, family goals, or living a healthier lifestyle. For me this has happened numerous times (and I am not even thirty), but it’s a part of growing. If we are not taking the time to think about where we are and where we want to be in life we are doing a great injustice to ourselves. This is something that Alexis Stevens (Steven Dunn) knows and lives by.
I had the pleasure of meeting Alexis a few months ago when she joined a committee that I chair under Columbus Urban Pride. Alexis has a light about her that draws a person in, but what really made me fall in love with her was the fact that she saw an overlooked need in the LGBTQ community here in Columbus. A need to be more inclusive, especially when as it relates to the LGBTQ community of color. She saw a disconnect and wanted to do something about it.
Throughout her nine-year career Alexis has tried to be mindful of diversity and inclusion, something that’s very clear in her shows. She showcases the talents of seasoned and new performers and makes a point to do performances that everyone can enjoy. Being this open only comes from the growth and revaluation of one’s life. “I believe that allowing yourself to learn and be immersed in other cultures only helps you grow as an individual.”
Coming back to my point, we all have times we have to look ourselves in the mirror and ask, “Who am I?” There have been a number of times I’ve had to do this myself: Take a step back and figure out who I was. I had to learn how to love myself enough to be comfortable with all of me, both personally and professionally. I had to learn my worth and it’s something that I find myself still learning today. It’s a lifelong lesson.
As we age we are supposed to grow and mature, trying to be the best us we can be and falling in love with everything that makes us uniquely us. Once we understand this concept we can begin to truly appreciate not only ourselves but others and their differences. Remember, “If you don’t love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love somebody else? Tickets for Dirty Little Witches can be purchased at EventBrite.com.