It's Wise Women Wednesday, each week I interview a woman that I believe is inspiring, living abundantly and following her passions. These are all women who live a life of abundance and bring creativity into the world.
Q. Who are you? What is your background?
A. I am Kerri Mubaarak. I was born in Danville, VA. Both my parents were educators and so I followed their pursuits. I taught elementary school for a few years before I realized that the arts was where I actually belong. I tell people I walked backward into theater in 2001 while working for a non-profit company. In 2005, I began working for City Arts (Greensboro) at Caldcleugh Arts Center. The experience at the non-profit changed my course. Working for the city gave me direction.
Q. What is your work?
A. I run Scrapmettle Entertainment, but my work is really about building community. Most people that look at what I do from the outside think it's solely about theater. Theater is a powerful artistic medium, but creating theater from concept to performance is a collaborative effort. It takes community to build it and I figured out that reciprocally brings community together by offering a common goal that they work together to achieve. The sense of purpose, accomplishment and camaraderie that happens in the process has a lasting, profound effect on them individually and collectively. People are valued in that space which in and of itself changes the way people perceive themselves and each other. Theater is just the tool. For me, the finished piece is really what happens within the individuals that help create it, not the performance.
Q. What is one project you are excited to be working on right now?
A. I am exactly head over heels in love with Blueprints | ON AIR™. It's a brilliant project that introduces children to radio broadcasting and garners an interest in the study of ecology all at the same time. Between now and the end of April 4th and 5th graders in Dakar, Senegal and Greensboro, NC are working collaboratively to create a podcast about topics related to the air--air pollution, climate change, etc. These kinds of projects are a part of Scrapmettle's arts education arm. Our focus is to give young people real world experiences in the arts and entertainment industry because we know that there are so many academic skills that are reinforced there.
Q. What is one thing you've done recently that's scared you and took courage, but you're glad you did?
A. Most of what I have to do to keep Scrapmettle going scares me. I feel scared almost daily because of some unknown challenge that presents itself. The most recent scary thing has been to ask complete strangers for money. Blueprints | ON AIR was the impetus.
Q. What is the work you most want to be doing and are you doing it? If not, why not? What's stopping you?
A. This is the work I most want to be doing. I can't imagine myself doing anything else at this point and there are so many more projects and subjects to explore using this medium.
Q. What would you tell your high school or college self?
A. Don't take any opportunity for granted. Every experience is useful so have as many of them as you can.
Q. What's one piece of advice or motto you love and use in your daily life that you would like to share with my sweet readers?
A. “Start a huge, foolish project, like Noah…it makes absolutely no difference what people think of you.” Jalaluddin Mevlana Rumi
Q. Anything else you'd like to share with my sweet readers?
A. Scrapmettle Entertainment Group, LLC creates new theater and develops talent. We also have an arts education arm called Scrapmettle Blueprints that designs programs for the next generation of creative minds. You can find us at scrapmettle.net, facebook.com/scrapmettle and on IG and Twitter @scrapplenet
Q. What keeps you creating when you don't feel like it?
A. In theater we talk about getting the "theater bug." Once you get it, you can't stop so I always feel like it, but I don't always have the time anymore now that I'm running the company. What keeps me creative is the people. They are the ones that push the envelope and give us ideas to craft. I am able to keep my finger on the pulse of creativity because of them.
Q. What's your favorite yoga pose?
A. I'm really into mudras. Abhaya Hridaya is the Fearless Heart Seal. It keeps your heart open when times are hard.
Q. How do you live a life of abundance?
A. By remembering that abundance is not about money it's about what you carry inside you that makes you a resource of wealth.