Today we’d like to introduce you to Angel Hart.
Alright, thank you for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us how you got started?
I started writing when I was a little girl and learned quickly that it was my passion. The art of expression through poetry and spoken word has led me to three digital albums of my work and many platforms across the DMV.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I decided I wanted to own all of the material I produce, so I had to self-publish. Working through Copyrights, uploading, and all out-of-pocket costs have been a stumbling block at some point, but surely I have made it through it all. With each release, the process becomes smoother and smoother.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am a Poet/Spoken Word Artist.
As a black woman, I have a deep affinity for my people. I have learned how to capture the joys and pains of our stories and present them so that all can understand them. Whether you are eight or 80, my goal is to write in such a way that you leave feeling inspired, like you understood the message and are hopeful. To stand on my own two feet and conquer the fear of failing to release my work to the world has made me pat myself on the back many days. It mattered not when others gave me a ‘no,’ and I’ve been poppin’ since I gave myself a ‘yes’! I have read a lot of phenomenal poems and spoken word pieces where my imagination had to make me think of how the person intended it to be heard, you know? So I decided I wanted people not only to hear but also to feel the intentions behind my words as an artist in an art form that had only been printed in books for so long. What sets me into another category is that I allow my words to float around in a digital space.
Any advice for finding a mentor or networking in general?
Social Media platforms have been a gem to me since I started the process of digital recordings in 2019. Create content, and the people will come! Now that we are less restricted after the ravaging of Covid, I would say that it is beneficial to attend poetry readings, ciphers, and open mics. When you are in a performance space, you are guaranteed to meet people who want to connect with you and work on projects. Not only is it important to find a mentor that shares your passion for the craft, but it is also important to find a mentee with whom you will be able to bestow knowledge. Each of us is responsible for bringing up another behind us to ensure that the art form will be around forever.
- Website: linktr.ee/AngelHart
- Instagram: @AnAngelSpeaks
- Facebook: An Angel Speaks