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Check Out Dequonte Maxwell’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dequonte Maxwell. 

Hi Dequonte, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
Growing up on the east side of Detroit was all but a great experience but all in all I’ve learned some great lessons. I learned what not to do by seeing other people fail, inviting peer pressure was not something that ran through my body. God blessed me with the mental strength and willpower to leave my comfort zone and get a higher education. And even more, he gave me a dream, a passion to follow. I’m living out my dream and passion now. 

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
There has been some potholes along the road. Literally, Detroit had some of the worse streets ever. But with all seriousness, I had to overcome my fear of not being loved or paid attention to. Started at a young age taking care of my 3 sisters and little brother. Mom was around but there was money to be made. And us having to fend for ourselves made me the person I am today. Resilient, passionate but worst of all emotionless. I struggle with showing emotion for several reasons I won’t be mentioning but some of those reasons also made me a better man. Then heading into college joining a predominantly white private school was pressure in itself. I wanted to make sure that I represented my people in a good way without trying to lose myself in the process. 

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am a filmmaker and everything that comes with it from Pre-production to post-production. Being an award-winning film director is my drive. I am known for my short films, skits, and music most of all. I am most proud of my the people I have around that support and help me through every project. It’s very few but those people me want to go further. There are so many talented people not only in Detroit but in the world. Nothing sets me apart from them besides the fact that I can run a one my production in which I’ve done before. There are creatives out here that want it just as bad as me and work hard if not harder than me. But I know I still have a plenty to offer to the entertainment business. 

Any big plans?
I’ve always wanted to stay and Michigan and continue film and music but it turns out that Detroit is just not where it’s at. Support is low, resources are scarce and there aren’t many opportunities that come to Detroit. So, with all that being said I plan on moving to Atlanta pretty soon. From a few visits, I’ve met so many helpful and passionate creatives and can’t wait to pack my bags. 

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