james woods
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This week’s Passion Living: In Living Color interview will be candid to say the least, but more importantly just as inspiring. When you believe in yourself; your passion nothing can nor will stop you. This week’s interviewee mimics this very idea. With a camera in one hand and passion in the other, James Edward Woods, Jr. has proven that without faith and perseverance, passions can be merely dormant thoughts. Check out his interview and see how he’s undoubtedly living his passion out loud!

Passionista: What is your passion?

James: Storytelling and film-making are my passions. I love them the most of all that I do.

Passionista: Have you always known that you had a passion? Have you always been aware of it? Can you recall when you first identified it as your passion?

James: I’ve always known I had a passion for storytelling because of my ability to make others pay attention and the laughter I have received throughout my life.

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

James: My parents are the ones that gave, and to this day, give me inspiration to be everything I’ve wanted.

Passionista: It’s a blessing to be able to say that James. It sounds like they have been very supportive of what you do.

James: They have.

Passionista: What are some of your past or current projects that display your passion?

James: I recently directed and produced a project my girlfriend, Abby Harris, created called “Sons Of Hip Hop”.

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

James: Eager.

Passionista: Very intriguing word, James. Why did you choose that word?

James: I’m eager for the world to watch and listen to the stories I have to tell.

Passionista: If your closest friend had to describe you in two or three words, what would it be and why?

James: Decent human being.  I try to live my life by the Ten Commandments but sometimes I make mistakes.  I don’t attend church every Sunday, but I make an effort to treat my fellow man or woman with kindness and respect.

Passionista: I love that answer, James. That’s probably more important than any passion a person could have. What’s a passion without being the best person possible? On another note, do you consider yourself to be living your passion out loud (whether in private or public)?

James: I think I’m finally living my passion out loud for myself. No one else. I stopped talking about it, and started living it.  I talked for years about moving from Mississippi to Los Angeles  to work in the entertainment industry because it would never happen for me in Small Town, USA.  I didn’t make that move until I was 31 years old. My journey has been positive. Interesting, but positive all the same. I can’t wait to see what is next.

Passionista: That’s what this blog is all about, James. I’m glad you’re sharing your story with the readers. If you’re going to follow your passion; whether its to move to big city LA or just to do something you love in your backyard, the first step is just to do it. There’s no other way around it. Do you train others on your passion or do others come to you looking for insight on how to do similar things like your passion?

James: From time to time I have had others ask for advice and I share what has gotten me to where I am in life.  I’ve learned though that everyone has a different path.

Passionista: How do you feel your passion inspires others?

James: I really don’t know if I’m inspiring anyone else, I’m still working on myself.

Passionista: Well, let me be the first to tell you that you have inspired me. What about some of your greatest challenges? How did you overcome those challenges?

James: Well, if you believe the starving artist theory, it’s real. Finances have been a struggle and of course being so far away from my family in Mississippi. What keeps me grounded though is knowing that with time and hard work it gets greater. Heck, it already has gotten better since my landing in LA.

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

James: Just do it. If you fuck up, so be it. It’s better than saying what if?

Thanks for doing the interview with me James. This has been all of what I wanted it to be and more. Your story alone is inspiring. Everyone can’t say that they’ve stepped out on faith and followed their passions. I’m sure the journey hasn’t been the most comfortable, but yet in still, you seem very appreciative of it.

To all my Passionistas, James’ story is one to remember that doubt has no place in your journey to following your passion and LIVING OUT LOUD!