We were lucky to catch up with Marcus Dickerson recently and have shared our conversation below.
Marcus, appreciate you joining us today. What do you think matters most in terms of achieving success?
I’ve always thought that being successful was subjective. One person’s measure of success is not the same as the next person and as I’ve gotten older, I have realized that my definition of success is peace and tangible legacy. I am immensely proud that I have gone against the wheels of society and decided to bet 100% on me. The first leg of my success is making the conscious decision that I can do this on my own. I have the tools and networking ability to make the appropriate connections to see these projects through to completion. The second leg of my success is not to listen to those who are telling me that I’m making the wrong decisions about my life whereas they’re only jealous that they have never tried themselves to bank on their own gifts. Being independent is NOT easy. I will reiterate, it is NOT easy. There have been many days in which I didn’t know which was was up, but through prayer and proper counsel of close friends; those factors have pushed me to be a better me. Unknowingly, I have made the decision to become independent at the one of the worst times in our society in the last eighty years, but I’m thankful that I have the gumption to keep going. I have achieved the tangible portion of success, but I’m currently just working on the peace portion and I know with more time, resiliency and experience it will come.
Awesome – so before we get into the rest of our questions, can you briefly introduce yourself to our readers.
I am a Black man who loves to write who just happens to have Bipolar II Disorder. I am the author of two books: “It’s Hit the Fan: A Disheveled Mind in Print” and “September 22nd”. I talk openly about my diagnosis and how I am dealing with self-managing this mental health disorder. I started my writing career because ultimately, I was unhappy with my job. I had been wrestling with myself for over two years of finally striking out on my own and trying to make things work in a creative space. I have always been good at expressing myself through the written word, but now I was seriously considering writing a book and telling a portion of my story. I knew nothing about putting a book together, but I made it happen. While on a working trip in Yakima, WA; I took a week to myself and prayed to God about what I needed to do and He told me this: “Leave this job and I will continue to take care of you. This is the assignment I have for you.” I listened and approximately four years and a pandemic later, I’m still here and I’m grateful for it. What I would love to tell folks about my brand and my writing is that it is not glamorous. It is raw, uncut, but filled with love and emotions. I talk about life from the way I see it and I believe that many others may change their viewpoints after reading my work or at the very least spark a good conversation.
Do you think there is something that non-creatives might struggle to understand about your journey as a creative? Maybe you can shed some light?
I believe what non-creatives can learn about working in the creative space is that life is not linear. The ebbs and flows that a creative goes through is meant for those who can effectively move with the tide. We can have a spell of three great months and a period of five bad months, but everything will even themselves out at the end. Creatives are willing to take the risk and bank on themselves to let their art speak for them. When you go against the grain of society there are far more obstacles of having a traditional job, but life becomes an adventure instead of being a monotonous routine. There is a certain fire that we have that cannot be extinguished because our expressive sides is our lifeline.
For you, what’s the most rewarding aspect of being a creative?
I can breathe. I have found a way in which I can express my thoughts and emotions and not care if anyone understands me. My books also give a timestamp of what I was going through in my life while I was creating them. It gives people a peak into my mind and the chaos that goes on in there.
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/heedthewarning/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marcus.dickerson.940/
- Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marcus-dickerson-m-a-6541082a/
- Other: https://www.amazon.com/September-22nd-Marcus-Dickerson-ebook/dp/B097Z1H3G7/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1OIW5XTFAG5OO&keywords=marcus+dickerson&qid=1661794391&sprefix=marcus+dickerson%2Caps%2C164&sr=8-1 https://www.amazon.com/Its-Hit-Fan-Disheveled-Print-ebook/dp/B07NDM9TLS/ref=sr_1_2?crid=1OIW5XTFAG5OO&keywords=marcus+dickerson&qid=1661794428&sprefix=marcus+dickerson%2Caps%2C164&sr=8-2