We had the good fortune of connecting with Andre Harrison and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Andre, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
Minstrel King Entertainment presents a new opportunity for creative minds that was either non existent or difficult to find before. Bringing the power to more freely and effectively spread creative ideas, it empowers the community to continue to use their minds to push humanity forward to a more effective and enjoyable future. And it does not just stop at the community, because soon the entire world will have access.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My creative story is not too different from some, although I am very proud. I have personally dedicated myself to learning any creative possible for my own personal satisfaction from arts and crafts, to music and production, photography and film making, graphic design and websites, and even programming. With every new creative style I learn, I feel more complete and with everything I master, I gain more purpose. It’s never been easy and the hardest part was finding the necessary resources to learn these things. Even with scholarships, I could not afford to go through schooling on my own, so most of everything I know, I taught myself. I have learned that patience is a very important thing to learn and understanding others and their styles will expand my own creative mind. What I could not afford to learn in school, I learned from personal experiences and from others; which I find more valuable than any curriculum, although I still wish to attend school. What sets me apart from others is I have created an entire company and digital network around my personal aspirations to share these feelings and goals with the rest of the world, and hopefully provide resources and tools to those who are like me but could use the extra push that I did not have. I want the world to know that I support the creative minds of humanity and utilizing those minds for the furthering of our society.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Arizona is full of great places to experience and enjoy new things. In my area, I would first warm up with a weeknight in Tempe and on Mill Avenue and visit some of my favorite restaurants and recreational spots.: Cornish Pasty, Loco Patron, Caffe Boa, Freezer’s Ice House, Yucca Tap Room, and Final Round. Then head to Old Town Scottsdale later that weekend and got to a few places: Maple and Ash, Geisha A Go Go, Loyalty Restaurant and Lounge, Scottsdale Fashion Square, and take a stroll down Saddlebag Rd. Early in the week, spend a few days in Sedona, take some keep tours and wine tours, relax and watch the sunset and try some local delicacies, visit slide rock and take a trip down to the creek, and ride my motorcycle through the mountains. Lastly, spend a few days at Lake Havasu and enjoy the great vibes on a boat at the lake. If we have time left, maybe visit Canyon Lake at Tortilla Flats and the old ghost mining town. I have the best memories of Arizona in all of these places!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Over the past few years, a lot of the success I have seen has come from a closely knit group of creative minds and personal friends. Things are still progressing and there is so much more room for growth, but let me not overlook the success I have achieved and to whom recognition is due. Antonio and Amber Hall, owners of the fashion line Pastiche La Femme played a huge role in the beginning by being a strong support in resource in my endeavors as far as a space to operate from and general business advice. Raphael Hamilton, a well known actor and business man who is the owner of Monologue Mixer played a huge role and helping me to find talent and execute many key projects of my success. He was introduced to me as well as many other important people, including the one and only Vaughn Willis and his band Ear Candy by a very close friend whom I have known for a long time, Ashley White. They were both a part of Black Theater Troupe and have been my professional solid foundation from the very beginning. Then there are the important members of my team who saw my vision, followed me, and stuck with me through it all, all of whom I am extremely grateful. One in particular who deserves special mentions, and one of the most talented people I have ever met, Peter, who goes by The Snare Ghost. Denour Hicks, a promoter by trade, from my home town of Detroit (as are most people in this shoutout), and internationally known, was a hidden Gem and a great boost to everything we were doing, who also deserves special mentions. Last but not least, some of the amazing talent who has come through my space multiple times and has really shown extraordinary potential, 2WaRiot, Sapphire, Vanessa, Jason Butler, and Aaron Christopher are just a few to name. There are far too many people who have been apart of the journey to mention, but with them included, I owe all of my success and confidence to all of these wonderful people.