We had the good fortune of connecting with Stephen ojo and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Stephen, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
For anyone to fully reach their full potential, you must take the risk. You have to be able to push yourself further than what your mind/body is trying to limit you to. Taking the risk and believing that everything will be just fine at the end of it all even if all fails is a mentality you have to instill into your system. I know personally for me, I would not be who I am today if I allowed fear to dictate my life and future. I have lost so many jobs to my career choice. There have been many occasions where I get last-minute auditions, last-minute bookings, and I never hesitate to leave whatever job is paying for my livelihood to make those casting calls, auditions because that’s where I’m truly happy. Even if I know that there is a possibility that I won’t book the job I’m auditioning for and I will most likely lose my current job, I always bet on myself to excel no matter what. That is the reason I can confidently say that without risking your all now to achieve your all, you’re only playing games with yourself.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My journey as an afrobeats artist has definitely not been easygoing but I love and cherish each and every bit of it. I’m not where I want to be yet as an artist yet but I’m happy with the exponential growth I see. A major problem that I still till today face is that most people who know about me, know me for dancing and I believe they have allowed themselves to box me in as just that. I am more than just a dancer, I have so much more to offer and show the world but it seems like everyones eyes are closed when I’m not posting dance videos. I’m currently working on my first E.P which touches on many different things like heartbreak, love and gratitude. 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’m a co-founder of a dance group called the A.V.O BOYZ. I owe a lot to the members of this group because without them, a lot of the things I have accomplished would not be possible.