UpClose with Erica Watson, Producer/Director, Actor, and Comedian
DT: Thank you, Erica for taking the time to speak with us at Soulivity. I would like to introduce our readers to writer/director/actress and Chicago native, Erica Watson.
My intention as beauty and fashion editor is to show you the beauty and diversity of all the talented souls I encounter throughout my personal, professional work and career in the creative arts.
DT: Erica, how long have you been in your chosen profession? What was the turning point for you to call it a career?
EW: The turning point in my career, it was with my comedy and other people started to celebrate. It was the last thing on my mind, always wanted to be an actor/director.
During my move to NYC for theatre, a friend suggested I do stand-up comedy. Which ensued a comedy class at Carolines.
My true passion is always to write and direct for film and theatre.
DT: In a business where image is key, share some of your favorite beauty products or regime for yourself? You can name drop here (smile).
EW: Right now, I am loving rose water spray and scented shea butter. Clients, men and babies LOVE IT! (laugh)
In particular, I love TGIN spray which is for the hair. And the scented shea butter I love is called WHIPPED from a local Senegalese African Shop in Chicago called Goree. Particularly the mango and or pomegranate shea butter. And the “lick me all over” and “pink sugar” roll on oils found in ethnically diverse neighborhoods from West African or Middle Eastern vendors.
DT: How important is your personal style or fashion trends for you?
EW: I love fashion, but I don’t see myself as the most fashionable person. I buy exactly what’s on the mannequin, so kudos to the visual display people.
I think when you look good, you feel good!! I find most people out of the industry are more judgmental.
My “go-to” are a t-shirt, leggings and combat boots when I’m not working. I do think how you present yourself is important.
It’s important that your insides match your outsides.
DT: As Spring 2020 approaches, also the beginning of a new decade…what intentions have you set forth this season/decade?
EW: This season, decade and beyond is really important for me to fully love myself. Accepting the beauty in me, the flaws, and being kind to myself first and foremost.
By doing that, I believe I will attract all the blessings to come. No more being mean to myself, or second guessing my intuition. And loving yourself is truly a revolutionary act.
DT: What great lesson would you share with younger people or younger self?
EW: The greatest lesson I learned is to never take anything personally. Other people’s behavior is their responsibility not yours.
I don’t make assumptions in a positive or negative way. Simply never assume.
DT: What is your purpose?
EW: I think my purpose in life is ever evolving, I think I’m still finding it. It can change from situation to situation, or minute to minute…I don’t think we always know. I trust in the flow of the universe, and living an authentic, loving, and resourceful life.
DT: Finish this sentence, “The shift I would like to see in the world is…”
EW: “I want people to stop hating each other. I think hate/fear feeds a lot of pain, suffering, violence, etc. I want hate banished, gone. It feeds racism, homophobia, sexism, and so many wrongs in the world.”
DT: What does your life look like in the next three to seven years?
EW: In three to seven years, my life is full of love, amazing health, happiness, and I’m glowing in the overflowing abundance of love. This is my truth.
DT: Thank you for chatting with me this evening and being so honest. I think your story will inspire many.
D’angelo Thompson is a three-time Daytime Emmy Nominated Hair and Makeup Artist, “Guest Hair” Daytime Emmy Award winner for the Wendy Williams Show, an accomplished Author, and Podcast Host.
His most recent credits include Law & Order SVU, Season 21, MTV/VH-1/LOGO (Viacom), Amy Trask (CBS Sports), Food Network, Joy Mangano, Amber Stevens West/Andrea DeBordeaux for Run The World (Starz), and Author, James Patterson. His expertise extends to bridal, editorial, commercial, film, and television. Additionally, for over 20 years, D’angelo has been a consultant and educator in partnerships with Il Makiage, Glamour Dolls Makeup, Chic Studios, Makeup For Ever, Calvin Klein Cosmetics, LORAC, and others.
As an Author, D’angelo penned and published “Enhanced Beauty”, “Enhanced Beauty for Teens “, “Enhanced Beauty: Men’s Grooming”, and “A 100 Days of Gratitude”. All are available on Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, and other online retailers.
He is also the host of “Gratitude Is A Journey” available on Anchor.fm/dangelo- thompson and “Beauty & Gratitude” a series on Soulivity Magazine’s ‘SoulivityTV’, available on Youtube.
D’angelo was educated at Pratt Institute for two years in Fashion Merchandising and Fine Art and through mentorships with Alfred Fornay, Byron Barnes, and Sherry Lee. He further attended The Makeup Institute of California, MAC Pro, Makeup Forever Pro/Academy Workshops, Lash Extension Certification through NYIB, and Basic FX lessons from Daytime Emmy Award-Winning artist, Ingrid Okola. He also holds practitioner licenses and accreditations in Emotional Intelligence, Reiki, Crystal Healing, and Hypnotherapy. Currently attending National University, studying Psychology.
As a community activist, he organizes yearly fundraisers to support AIDS research, education, and advocacy with The Latino Commission on AIDS (2009-2017), youth initiatives, domestic violence, and sex traﬃcking awareness (2000-Present), social justice, and LGBTQ rights & safety (1990-Present).
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