We had the good fortune of connecting with Kanithea Powell and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kanithea, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
Success is a funny thing, we all view it differently. It depends on where you set your goals, right? My goal was to walk more into my purpose. To be more of who I agreed to come to this world to be. My brand is an extension of that. My values, my beliefs and my ability to just step out there and go for it, gave my brand the legs it needed to walk into success. The more I lean into my truth and stay the course; success and abundance will always be the end result. It’s about the journey, the Qwest.Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a storyteller. I make stuff up, It’s one of my favorite things to do. I am an award winning screenwriter and filmmaker. I am an Author, with a book in over 23 countries (Butch: Never Judge a Butch By Her Cover). I have helped other indie authors get their work out there as well. The thing that sets me apart is that, as my grandmother would say, I operate within my ministry. I know what I’m good at, so I do that. I don’t exist in a world of limitations. I enjoy allowing my creations to manifest into what they desire to be. I just work to get out of the way of it. That’s hard as a creator, we like to believe we know what’s best for the art and we try to control the outcomes. The art knows what it wants to become. Just be a vessel that’s here to help the art get to its final destination of perfect expression. Creating and becoming more of who you are is never an easy journey. We have been conditioned to be everything but our authentic selves. As a creator, everyone isn’t going to see or understand your vision. That’s okay. The gift/vision came to you. As long as you see it and you’re committed to allowing it to manifest, that’s all that matters. It’s not always going to be easy, especially if you are entering into a field that’s new to you. You have to become the learner. Take the time to build your network and gain knowledge and experience in your field. The more you do, the better you will become. It doesn’t matter where you start. Do what you can where you are with what you have. It’s like sowing a seed; you don’t put it in the ground on Monday and expect to see fruit on Tuesday. You have to nurture it, water it and give it time to grow. When its ready, it will bring forth fruit. When I put out my book I was at my lowest point, but I kept moving forward and from my tiny apartment, I was able to touch the world. I have had a few perceived failures in life. It has not been an easy journey, but as the old folks say, I wouldn’t take nothing from my journey now. I believe that every person and failure has been a golden link in the chain for my good. I’ve learned that there will be peaks and valleys. Both are important. Remember, when you are on that peak, appreciate it. It’s a gift. When you are in the valley, appreciate it. It’s a gift, because now you get the opportunity to grow and learn something deeper about yourself. Hopefully, people will be inspired to step more into their authentic selves and find the courage to speak those things that aren’t as though they were. And to keep speaking until there is evidence of what they desire all around them. I believe nothing is impossible. Everything around us started with a thought. Therefore, if you can think, you can create. We all have a purpose. Don’t be afraid to walk in yours. I want people to know that Qwest Films is a company that creates art that allows its audience to see themselves through a lens of authentic truth and perfect self-expression.e themselves through a lens of authentic truth and perfect self expression.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
This city has some pretty cool spots to hang out and catch a cute drink. Some of my favorite places include: 1. Surya India – Some of the best Indian food I’ve had. The atmosphere is warm, casual and so inviting. The owner is awesome as well, he makes a point to talk with everyone that dines in his restaurant. I love that! 2. La Lucha – God, I can’t say enough about this place. The atmosphere, the greens, and the oysters are all delicious 3. Dak & Bob – Umm I love all things Korean, especially the food. The best soy garlic wings you will ever have. And they make a decent old fashioned as well. 4. Hardy & Nance Art Gallery- They have some really fun art shows. 5. Sawyer yards – They have an awesome 2nd Saturday that lends itself to some great finds and a lot of indie artists are there in the pop shops as well. 6. Peli Peli- South African food ranks high on the list. Cool spot after shopping in the Galleria. 7. Foundation Room at the House of Blues- It’s cute. The decor and lite bites, yum 8. Julip – Is a must. I am a huge fan of a good old fashioned and let me tell you, they make the best of them. 9. Kulture – a super cute bar and the atmosphere is spot on 10. Lucille’s – This place is perfect after a day at the museums. 11. Pearl Bar- Because how my gayness is set up.
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 would be remiss if I didn’t give a huge shout out to Juanita. She was a beautiful soul that was everything that I ever wanted to be. She gave me perfect examples of what a writer, a performer should look like. I have so many memories of her work ethic and her dedication to creating art that was worthy of the price her audience paid to experience her gifts. I still see her sitting at our dining room table with her notepad, glasses and typewriter, creating. When she finished, and it was time to perform, she stepped on stage with so much grace that you couldn’t help but be mesmerized, in awe of her presents. I remember watching her and saying the words along with her as she spoke them. Mimicking every move, every drop in tone, I watched and gathered up every morsel she left behind. I put them in my lock box for safekeeping. So when I was ready, I would know exactly what to do. My mom was an amazing woman. I am grateful for her. She gave me all of her best gifts, whether she wanted to or not.
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