1. What is something not too many people know about you?
This is a hard one for me because I try to remain as much of an open book as possible. However, one thing that many people may not know about me is that I love instruments. I’m so fascinated by wind instruments in particular. Now, I would say I played the saxophone when I was younger, but it was more like ATTEMPTED to play the saxophone because I was incredibly horrible at it. Nonetheless, I digress. I have deep connections with musicians, a lot of my close friends are musicians. I feel as if they’re the easiest to relate to in terms of this craft of the arts because I primarily look at scriptwriting like writing a symphony.
2. What are your biggest passions?
My biggest passion would have to be inspiring. I am primarily a screenwriter, but I say inspiring because I don’t want to limit it to just one facet or action of my life. I want to inspire people in all that I do. I don’t necessarily want to be a role model, but more so that supporting teammate for your goals and aspirations. Whether it is through a script that I write, a film that I direct, or my actions that lie outside my career choice, I want whoever my work encounters to feel inspired to diligently pursue what they genuinely desire and to take it seriously. Furthermore, I want my scripts and films to move people, and to further their growth and understanding of this complex life we all maneuver through.
3. What are your goals for the future?
I believe this question relates back to the previous one because I believe that my only goal, as a human being on this planet, is to just keep growing in understanding. It’s imperative to me that I do not fall into a single scope of living. I want to be mindful of those stories that people lug around with them due to societal standards, ignorance and/or fear. Correspondingly, I want to be a better screenwriter and filmmaker. I want to grow in this craft to one day win an Emmy or an Oscar.
4. What is your definition of success?
My definition of success is growth. We often have this misguiding perception that success is the ending of a road when, in fact, it is an extension. Growing and evolving is success in physical form. In other words, you are a success. Becoming who you are, your purpose, is success. This is why it’s so imperative to not marginalize success to accomplishments, but rather previous state of beings. In other words, how are you better than yesterday? What do you know today that you didn’t yesterday? How will you enact that previous uncertainty? That’s success to me.
5. Tell us something about the projects you're working on.
I’m working on a few different projects right now. I have a short film I’m working on about a deaf man with synesthesia. The team behind this film is very hungry and talented. I’m very excited to be working with these type of people. In addition, I’m working on a mini series that deals with racism starting with the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This project in particular, I’m very enthusiastic to be working on because I believe it reveals a dual perspective through a narrative describing events in American history and contemporary times. Another project I’m working on is with my identical twin brother, Justin Crump-King. We have a twin Instagram account called “ @Crumpkingtwins .“ We will be doing a bunch of comedic sketches that I’ll be writing alongside with my twin as well as my good friend Feranmi Fakorode, aspiring comedian. I don’t want to give too much away, but those are just a few of my current projects that I’ve had the pleasure of cooking up.
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