Following My Passion

My life is not what I thought it would be at this point.

That statement hit me hard a few weeks ago. If I went back to the 8 or 9 year old me I seriously doubt I would have said, “I want to be in my thirties trying to figure things out.” But, that’s where I am.

Following your passions is not for the faint at heart. It takes courage, guts, determination, and patience. To be a playwright, I sacrificed a lot to follow my heart’s desires…and it hasn’t been easy.

In 2014, I packed up my car and with no job or permanent place to live, I left my hometown and moved to Atlanta to pursue playwriting and producing. While that was the hardest thing for my Type A self to do, it has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Many doors and opportunities opened up when I moved to Atlanta. I was accepted into an apprenticeship program which stretched and pulled me, making me a better writer. It also afforded me the ability to meet some great and influential people. One result was becoming a part of the WTP community. Through this membership, I have increased my network, heard some amazing and interesting pieces of work, and created another avenue to develop and cultivate my personal works.

I’m grateful for my journey. I am not where I thought I would be at this point in my life, but I’m happy with how things turned out.

Tramaine Brathwaite

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