Going Back to School and Gender Roles
Well many of you know that I have a BA in music from the great Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC. I graduated in the Spring of 2009 and that was one of the happiest days of my life. However, Fast Forward 4 years later and I'm not wear I desire to be but I am getting there.
This past weekend, I've resolved it within myself to go back and pursue my Masters Degree in Music or go for cosmetology once I get settled in DC. Now a little bit of background about cosmetology. When I was a little boy, I wanted to do hair. I would try to style my sister's baby doll's hair or imagine myself with some intricate hairstyle and modeling on the walk way, but sad to say I let good old Society's gender roles hamper me from that dream. I was told only women and "Funny Men" did hair. Even in college when I attended Hold My Mule Holiness I was told "men don't do hair. They get talked about." Well honey people are gonna talk regardless so why not give them something to talk about.
If I knew then what I know now I'd probably have my own business. However, even as a musician gender roles, much to my chagrin, chased me. As a male singer, I was expected to cover male artists all the time and not female artists and I love me some Phyllis Hyman, Dorinda Clark Cole, Patti LaBelle, to name a few. However, now that I'm grown, I'm going to do what makes me happy. Not my family and not church folks.
This move to DC is very important to me and I do believe that I'm blossoming here and I'm going to further blossom when I move. However, I will further my music career by taking classes concerning audio production, music business, and other aspects, however, I still want to do cosmetology. I refuse to let a childhood lie and dumb people tell me I can't do what I desire to do. I can actually see myself owning a hair salon and doing not only hair, but make up as well. I learned a few things other than music while in college and from being a female impersonator for a while.
I do also plan on taking some acting classes as well. I want to get back into theatre, however, I'm taking it one step at a time. That's why Destination DMV is important to me. I can't stay in this place any longer. It is time for this little bird to fly and get away from Egypt.
Honestly going back to school will do me some good. Now I am dreading the application process. I haven't applied to a college in Ten Years...DANG I'm Old lol However It will be very rewarding.