We had the good fortune of connecting with Rebecca Vaughns and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rebecca, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
In actuality, I didn’t choose a creative career. It chose me. What I did choose to do was believe I could make it work. It has been an unforgettable 18 year journey, especially, this year 2020 found me on the porch of uncertainty. This year was slated to be one of my best years ever as a full-time poet~spoken word artist. Exiting out of 2019 into 2020, I was booked from January to December. Some dates were high profile events and private events. My season runs from January to May and September to December. During those times, my busiest months are February, March, May, and October. Everything came to a pause on March 14, 2020. I would not perform again until June 10 and it was for a graduation party for a male senior that was a student in the Class of 2020 from Miami Carol City Senior High. I started to feel like I was slowly back in stride in the month of September. I had 6 bookings considering I was used to performing 20-25 times a month. Saturday was my longest day of the week performing at a minimum of 3 times in the day to a maximum of 7 times in the day. October saw me doing 7 events. The month of November was pretty good. As a creative soul, I’m out of the box. My slogan is I Go Wherever Words Are Desired! In doing this, I was able to see the extreme change in how we say goodbye to a loved one. I performed at funerals held at the burial site, the chapel, and the church. I’ve been serenading the deceased for 19 years. I was used to the service lasting 2 hours at most with the exception of who was being celebrated. I’ve attended services that lasted 3 plus hours. Now, funerals are over within an hour and thirty minutes. One funeral I attended was finished in 45 minutes. With 29 days remaining in the year, I give thanks for choosing to hold on and see what the end will be. With a grateful heart to have been able to survive doing what I love and was born to do, I look forward to my career as a poet~spoken word artist to continue soaring into the future. I couldn’t see myself doing anything else!!!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
What sets me apart is my ability to freestyle my poetry. I can create a poem on the spot for any occasion. I’m most proud of being consistent and committed through the many voices telling me to GET A REAL JOB! I’m super proud in how I believed in ME and what I do! At the moment, I’m excited about the release of my 14th album Storm Survivor. I finally have a favorite. And I think it is because the time it is being birthed from. Also, I didn’t want 2020 to be a total loss. Walking out on crazy faith to do this project plays a big role too in why it’s my favorite. I arrived to where I am today through confidence, passion, love, heart, soul, and GOD!!! Along with the appreciation for my work by the people of the world. The road wasn’t easy but I refused to give in. There were moments I wanted to but the Universe and God always showed me signs of why I shouldn’t. I overcame the challenges thanks to words of encouragement and knowing that nothing of greatness and achievement is ever earned in an easy manner. Lessons I’ve learned is that walking in your purpose and anointing will be a lonely walk but STILL WALK AND DO IT WITH A RHYTHM!!! I want the world to know that the sky is NOT THE LIMIT but a steppingstone. There are things beyond the clouds. I am a rebel with a cause. My story would have never been in motion if I chose to listen to naysayers. I am very humbled to know that I’m a household name. In these 18 years, I exercised the word NETWORK to the fullest. It’s been an honor and a pleasure to turn people on of all ages to this artistic form of poetry.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I couldn’t help as I eat at home. I hardly go out for food. The only time I go out is to perform. I’m one for staying home.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d like to dedicate my SHOUTOUT to Langston Hughes. Because of him, I put pen to paper at the age of 10.
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