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Welcome back ISINA Music! Before I continue, I just want to personally thank Oleg Shmelev for inviting me to The Finale Event in 2017. I love him for that because he didn’t have to do that. I wasn’t one of the chosen ones. He made me really happy and I was excited to be there. I flew out to Los Angeles, CA from Saint Louis, MO on February 23, 2016 with my income taxes, unemployment benefits and food stamps with no where to live. I didn’t have a clue what I was doing, I just did it. I performed my single "Fake Shit" the same night I arrived at a Open Mic Venue. I almost didn’t get to perform. It still amazes me that I did that to this day. I was practically homeless the whole time I was there and I had to learn the city very quickly. Has anyone ever told you that Hollywood is expensive? LOL! But after many shelters, a night on the streets and several homeless youth programs, The Los Angeles LGBT Center took me in with open arms and I took advantage of the resources that were given to me but one day I decided I wanted to leave and come back home to be with my family. Although, I didn’t go as far as I would have liked to I have to give myself credit for going as far as I did. It was really brave of me. I wanted to make it so bad. I remember watching myself on BET October 13, 2016 for something I did in 2015. It was so surreal. I was like WOW! That’s me on TV. I just knew deep down in my heart, mind and soul that I could do it but it just wasn’t my time and I didn’t know myself. Thank you ISINA Staff for a memorable experience! You guys put on a show!!!!! I felt like a star being on the red carpet for the first time! I’ll never ever forget it. It was truly a night to remember. Someone please tell Lani I said Hi for me. It was so nice to meet her! As of March 2020, I moved back to my hometown, I have my own apartment and I work part-time. I moved in the day Illinois went on Government Lockdown due to COVID-19. Thank GOD I am alive, healthy and safe!!!! I can truly say I am ready to put myself out there and be a star now and I would love to be apart of your mentorship program. After all, I found myself. Love you Ra!!!!!!!!
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