Ari HotepWho says a person can only possess one passion? Definitely not Ari Hotep. Individuals can find themselves in tune and in love with many things and want to live them all out loud. Ari Hotep is a man of many passions and today I’m sharing his passions with the world. Check it out below and be inspired to begin or continue living your passion out loud!

Passionista: What is your passion?

Hotep: Well, I can’t just give you one (he replies with a humble laugh). My passions are writing, painting, barbering, filming, and photography.

Passionista: What a spectrum of passions. How do they play into some of your past or current projects?

Hotep: Recently I finished writing and recording my debut album “The Mennefer Project” that will drop Spring 2014. About a year ago, I entered a character-like painting of Tupac Shakur into a silent auction that raised money for a sickle-cell event that raised approximately $100.  After tracing my family history I discovered both of my grandparents actually styled or cut hair. Once I found that information out it was important for me as man to have a license as a barber. Barbering allowed an opportunity to show my skills as an artist to groom men, women, and children. I recently filmed a music video, “Child of the Blues” for an artist by the name of Jam Young from Queens New York and another video titled, “Levitate” for an artist from Memphis, Tennessee by the name of Trey Graves.

Passionista: If you could describe the way you feel about your passion in one word, what word would you choose?

Hotep: Learning.

Passionista: That’s a powerful word to recognize, Ari. It’s never-ending and reflects the point that you’ll always be doing that no matter what you’re doing. Your passion. Your life. Do you ever think you’ll stop living your passion out loud?

Hotep: No, because I’m always learning something new and I can enjoy the journey.

Passionista: Can you recall when you first realized your passions?

Hotep: I first realized my passion of  drawing at the age of nine. I realized I loved writing around the age of thirteen or fourteen years old. My other passions were discovered as I got older.

Passionista: Who/What inspired you most to live out your passion?

Hotep: Life is what inspires me to live out my passion. A list of people inspired me. My father, grandparents, aunts uncles, mother, sister, brother, children, Gordon Parks, Bill Cosby, Andre 3000, Tupac Shakur, just to name a few and people who chase their dreams by all means.

Passionista: Do you train others on your passion?

Hotep: No, because my passion is personal to me.

Passionista: Do you feel others are inspired by your passions?

Hotep: Of course. People begin to look into the mirror at themselves and begin to be confident about passions they may have or want to do.

Passionista: What have been some of your greatest challenges, if any, in following your passion? How did you overcome those challenges?

Hotep: Support and finances have been major challenges in following my passion. I overcame the challenges by knowing I can do whatever I put my mind to. As I take one step there is a higher power that takes a step right along with me. Surrounding myself with like minds has also helped.

Passionista: If you could give some advice to individuals that desire to live their passion(s) out loud, what would it be?

Hotep: Excuses build bridges to nowhere!

Passionista: Ouch. That one might step on some people’s toes, Ari. It’s so easy to come up with reasons on why something can’t be done. I love that. What do you hope to be doing with your passion in ten years?

Hotep: Honestly traveling the world as artist, movie director, photographer, and have my paintings for sale.

Passionista: Sounds like a passionate plan, Ari. Thanks for sharing your PASSIONS and I definitely wish you nothing but luck.

Until the next time passionistas, be inspired and keep living out loud!