Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday
6:30- 8:30 pm
Delores Duffie Recreational Center (ROSEWOOD REC)
1182 N. Pleasant Valley Road
During this time we will discuss the topics of mental health awareness, bullying, and write a script together based on the dialogue during the workshop. In April 2018, our workshop will move forward to the rehearsal process with the completed script. During this time we will begin rehearsing and planning for the production of the script we wrote.
Participants will learn acting technique and skills as well as emotional learning skills that are beneficial to mental health wellness. The production of the script will take place July 19-23, 2018 at the Santa Cruz Theatre in East Austin. It will be a six-show performance that will include teens and young adults who participated in the workshops as well as actors and artists from the local Austin community.
MENTAL HEALTH MINUTE Interview with Keith Paris, Make-up Artist and Amputee
When you first go to Keith Paris Instagram page you will see a vibrant young man who truly loves the art of make-up and life. Little do most know that he has been on a unique journey as an Amputee all of his life. He wasn’t born with a Tibia, a stronger part of the shinbone of the body resulting in him wearing a prosthetic leg. Immediately when this Brooklyn, NY raised make-up artist reached out to me through social media, I knew I had to write an article on him for Mental Health Awareness Month and help tell his story. These are a few questions I asked and his responses:
Tarik: If no one knew your story what would be the best three words to describe yourself and why? Keith: I would describe myself as Confident, Brave, and Kind because I always strive to be confident and embrace every day and I always treat everyone with kindness.
Tarik: What are some challenges and blessings that you experience in your childhood due to being an Amputee? Keith: Some challenges I face was really not fitting in with kids because I was an Amputee. I didn't have role models who were Amputee, so I felt like I was like the only species on earth. And a blessing is just releasing my book and being my true self.
Tarik: According to your book on Wattpad, you explored self-harm as a child. Why do you think children use self-harm i.e. suicide as an option at such a young age? Keith: I think children explore self-harm and suicide at a young age because they are alone and have no one that feels the pain that they going through at that moment. I know when I was in the dark mindset I didn't feel comfortable talking to no one, I felt disgusted with myself.
Tarik: I’ve followed your page on Instagram and I see you are a make-up artist and into fashion. How do these things influence self-esteem? Keith: These things influenced my self-esteem because it makes me feel confident and it just makes me happy. I started experimenting with makeup during sophomore year and I never looked back. I love expressing myself with fashion and YouTube and my book was a big part that influenced my self-esteem. It just made me in control of my happiness and confidence.
Tarik: You inspire to motivate young adults in the LGBTQ community Why is that important? Keith: This is important to me because I feel like it's not a bad thing to be Gay, Lesbian, Transgender or anything you are. My family is from the West Indians and there is so much negativity for LGBTQ community. In some parts of the world, we still have a lot close minded people that just can't see that it's okay to love the same gender. I remember when I came out, I felt so good about myself and I felt free.
Tarik: My organization, Whatsinthemirror? recently had a Children’s Mental Health Day that focused on bullying. What are some ways to eliminate bullying in our schools? Keith: One way we can eliminate bullying is by children not being afraid to speak up if you see your friend or your classmate getting bullied. Stand up for your classmates! Also if you know any one that dealing with eating disorder or self-harming make them talk to a guidance counselor and make them get help before it's too late. Lastly if you have social media block the bullies on Instagram. If you go to setting you can block any negative words you don't want people to comment on so that's good!
Tarik: Any last words that Keith Paris would want the readers to know? Keith: I just want to thank Tarik Daniels for writing this amazing article on me. I'm so blessed and so happy he took the time to write this and interview me. Thank you so much and also I want to thank my friends Joyal & Amiya & Arianna & Ezri & Randolfa , Rangelina for always loving and supporting me. Also my cousin Bryce & Camisha for being amazing role models I look up to you guys so much and thank you for giving so much love over the years. Make sure you guys follow me on Instagram at @keith.xpx, Twitter is @MUAParis, and my YouTube is ParisMUA Also; make sure you guys come to Harlem Skin and Laser clinic in Harlem New York I'm The Brand Ambassador Go to http://harlemskinclinic.com/ to book your Appointment! Love you guys and stay strong.
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