Tuesday 29 September, 2020

WATCH: LaShawna Griffith conquers the big stage

Prime Minister Mia Mottley and LaShawna Griffith at the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) Conference.
(La Shawna Talisha Facebook Photo)

Prime Minister Mia Mottley and LaShawna Griffith at the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) Conference. (La Shawna Talisha Facebook Photo)

It's hard to believe that LaShawna Griffith turned 25-years-old less than a month ago.

The poet, journalist, author and performer has been making waves across the island for some time now, and she has no intentions of slowing down soon.

That was most evident on October 26, when she faced the biggest stage of her life during the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) Annual Conference.

 

She told Loop Lifestyle about her reaction when she first learnt of the request for her to perform at the conference:

"When I was contacted to do the piece at the BLP conference I was honoured. I remember telling my mom about it and I was just shocked and honoured. 

"I mean there are so many talented artistes Barbados and to be selected to perform for the Prime Minister was mindblowing.

"Now that it is all said and done it is still like a dream as the video on my Facebook page has 977 views and counting and over 60 comments. People are really happy for me and appreciate my success."

But was it all easy for this budding performer and young social-shaker? Not quite.

LaShawna explained that she was very nervous on the night of the performance, to the point where she had to calm herself down just to proceed:

"When I got on the stage and I looked down I saw John King and the Acting Attorney General and other dignitaries staring at me. So, I decided that I will just take my time and perform my piece.

"I read it slowly and took my time to tell the story and at the end I was mind blown with the response. I even spoke to the Prime Minister - she was pleased and said she was proud of my talent."

Prime Minister Mia Mottley and LaShawna Griffith at the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) Conference. 

 

 

And things are only looking up from here:

"I am looking to build on my brand and I am working on having some new merchandise for my new book - I have a book signing next Saturday at Sky Mall."

So just what inspires this young woman to live every day to fulfil her dreams? Almost anything:

"I am inspired by a lot of things - experiences but also life itself. 

"Like I can see someone in the bus going through a tough time and think, 'hey that is something I could use for a piece'. Other times I am in my feelings and I just write - for example, the piece 'What I Lucinda Remeber,' is inspired by my late grandmother as she died after battling Alzheimer's Disease."

Now as she uses this inspiration to realise her goals, she would like to see more opportunities for those in the cultural industries, something which Prime Minister Mia Mottley recently stressed she believes can help to drive the Barbadian society forward. 

"Investment! A lot of us have a lot of ideas and we can be the future of the world but we desperately need funding.

" We need to be seen as good as a Machel or a Whitney Houston. Because we have a perspective here in Barbados about funding certain things and Bajan's mindset that we are not as good as everyone else, it leads to some of us not believing in our craft and in some cases giving up on a dream," LaShawna lamented. 

And just what does she have to say to other aspiring artistes who may be facing many obstacles right now?

"If life gives you lemons make a freakin' lemon cake. I know the adage is lemonade but why make the easiest thing when you can create something unique. My advice to artiste is to be yourselves and go after your dreams with no apologies as you have the key to release the energy within."

 

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