Building A Better World With TREL OL

His name is Trell. He's a 23 year old fiery Aries from Chicago. His favorite color is blue. He's a full time actor, future entrepreneur, and the life of the party! Here's his story.

"What is it that you do?" Trell's response: "I’m an actor here in Chicago. I’m not a business owner just yet, but in due time. I’ve been studying Theatre for about 10 years now. Started as something I did for fun in elementary school, but now I'm a full time working Actor. I recently signed with an Agency here in Chicago that also works out of Atlanta, New York and Los Angeles. So I’m pretty busy these days juggling Theatre gigs and my “real” world job."

"What inspired you to pursue it?" Trell's response: "So around 3rd grade, My parents got a divorce! It seems like everyone’s parents got a divorce around that time. Bad year! Anywho, I became super mean and super bad. Found myself in tons of trouble and just was extremely rebellious. At the time, my mom was a single parent and was working crazy hours. So, I spent a lot of time after school playing catch up on homework or in after school programs. Well, one of the programs helped students study African American poetry and plays. I wasn’t in that program but one day I snooped in and I got caught. So with me being caught out of my class I was about to get in-school detention. However, the instructor told them to make me come to her program for the remainder of the program as a punishment. From that point, I was reading Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou and August Wilson. Fast forward; so around 4th grade my school had the “Oratorical competition” for young scholars. Essentially it was memorizing a poem or monologue and reciting it amongst the audience. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners would receive bragging rights, trophies and gift cards. I think those were the rewards. It's been a minute, but stick with me. I know it was definitely an incentive. Long story short, I never won but it was good practice for what was to come. I continued to try out and perform for the remainder of elementary school. Which prepared me for what was to come. High school came around and I was able to audition and make it into one of the top performing arts high schools here in Chicago. And since then, Theatre and Acting has been my passion and bread/butter. A couple bruises and bumps along the way but I wouldn’t change a thing."

"What experiences in life made you stronger?" Trell's response: "After high school, I went to a school named SFUAD. It was a university in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The 1st half of freshman year was great. In the 2nd half I found out that the school was closing due to lack of funding. They were hoping to sign a deal to go International at the time and hoped that the money from it would pull them out of that rabbit hole. Well, the deal fell through and we all had to go home. I felt robbed of my college experience and I still do! For the entire summer of 2017, up until the recent year of 2019. I struggled with depression. I felt like it was my fault. I should’ve listened to my family and stayed in Illinois instead of going all the way across the country. Any negative thought one can think, I thought! I spent years beating up on myself until one day I just was like fuck it! I’m tired of being sad! I’m tired of blaming myself, I was just tired of not being happy and sitting in that darkness! One of my best friends was taking classes at this theatre named “The Artistic Home”. Where my talented, beautiful, theatre instructor from my performing arts high school is one of the owners. Everything I explained and touched on in this blog I told her. My depression, my loneliness, my constant blaming myself etc. And from that day, she took me under her wing and helped groom me into the Man and Actor that I am now. I can’t thank the entire Theatre ensemble and faculty enough for their patience and commitment to bettering me and helping me overcome that hurt and fear."

"If you could change one thing about the world what it be and why?" Trell's response: "If I could change one thing about the world it would be implementing superpowers! Imagine living in the world with real life Avengers and The Justice league. NUTS RIGHT? If you don’t know now you know. Superheroes are my thing! Growing up, that was my escape from my reality living in the hood. It’s my happy place. It's a comfort and protection mechanism for me. I think everyone has their own favorite superhero or maybe super villain. I don’t judge. But think how amazing it would be to grow up as a kid and really be able to have powers. Imagine being overwhelmed and just needing to fly in the sky in the clouds to clear your mind and just breathe. Sounds pretty cool to me. Only a lame would disagree."

"What does a life well lived look like to you?" Trell's response: "A life well lived for me doesn’t have a look. Looks can be deceiving. A well lived life to me feels and sounds like wisdom. Hearing another person's journey. Hearing their trials and tribulations and how they got to the point where they are. I don’t think anyone is perfect; I know that we all have some bad in us, but it’s about identifying that bad and suppressing it to still be a good person! Being able to give and receive love and light. Being the person for someone that you once needed. I don’t give a shit about your money, cars, or how big your house is. How do you treat people? Are you respected? Are you loved? Not the other shit people are so easily wowed over."

Lastly, "What is it like to be you?" Trell's response: "WHATS IT LIKE TO BE ME? TRETRE? Trell Mix? Lol, it’s definitely an adventure. I fight, I yell, I scream, I curse, I’m not a role model whatsoever but I lead with my heart with everything that I do."

Thank you so much Trell for taking the time out to build a better world!

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