We were lucky to catch up with Mae Stone recently and have shared our conversation below.
Mae , appreciate you joining us today. We’d love to hear about when you first realized that you wanted to pursue a creative path professionally.
I’ve always been a performer. As a child, my parents would sign me up for theatre camp in the summers back home in Dallas. When I talk with people about my artistic background, I tell them theatre was my first love. Being on stage in full character, performing in front of an audience is so exhilarating!
I credit theatre with helping me build my confidence—which is necessary for the creative work that I do in the cannabis industry.
As always, we appreciate you sharing your insights and we’ve got a few more questions for you, but before we get to all of that can you take a minute to introduce yourself and give our readers some of your back background and context?
Outside of acting, I also work in the cannabis industry. I started in 2017, partly out of admiration for the cannabis community and partly out of curiosity. As soon as I started, I noticed there was an immediate need for more Black faces in the cannabis space. At the time, I was also freelancing as an entertainment journalist. I wanted to find a way to combine my love of journalism with my love for cannabis all while pushing forward the narrative that Black and queer women can be successful and still partake. During the pandemic, I linked with All Def and began working with the All Def Cannabis channel-one of the largest cannabis-related online networks.
Last summer, I founded WillStone Productions and began independently shooting episodes for a cannabis-related project I will be releasing on April 20th (420)
Let’s talk about resilience next – do you have a story you can share with us?
It’s been quite a challenge securing funding for my independent project. Last year, I had a couple meetings with networks and potential sponsors who were originally on board. Due to financial reasons, they had to pull support. I could’ve stopped there, but I decided to simply release my project independently on my own YouTube and website. I know it’s cliché, but don’t wait for anyone!
What’s the most rewarding aspect of being a creative in your experience?
I’m a Virgo, so I obsess over details and structure. However, once the project is completed it is the most rewarding feeling!