Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Artist On The Rise: Langston John Blaze
My government name is Langston Northington but I go by Langston John Blaze or simply Blaze to keep it short. I named myself Blaze after a Missy Elliott song titled John Blaze, featuring my favorite singer, Aaliyah. The song is about a man that exudes the confidence I aspire on a daily bases. I am a total entertainer through music, writing, dance, and acting. Entertainment is a passion of mine that means more to me than anything. God gave me these gifts to give people away to relax from their day to day duties and be entertained.
I began to audition for music reality shows like "So You Think You Can Dance" and a solo act reality show Diddy was putting together back in 2008. Yet, my entertainment career truly kicked off with my erotic short story series called "The B.E.D. The Bold, Erotic, and Dangerous".
I have been a performer since I was very young but consciously realizing I desired to be an entertainer didn't occur to me until after Aaliyah's death in 2001. I was 13. Her death devastated me and truly made me realize how we can be here one moment and gone the next. She was a perfect example of that. She did so much in only 22 years.
I've learned from every mistake I have made. So no regrets.
I am very goofy and playful. I keep everyone laughing when I'm in the room. Yet I have this dark edge that completely throws people off since I'm normally a ball of laughs. People expect for me to be happy-go-lucky all the time but some times I have my moody days. I separate the different ways I can be with my name, Langston John Blaze. Langston is the friendly, happy, humorous side I described before. John is moody, serious, rebellious, and an attention-seeker. He's like the child in the middle, some where between lost and found. Yet, Blaze just doesn't give a fuck! Blaze is my very sexual-sensual side who's adventurous and lives life with the ego of a rock star. Blaze is romantic, blunt, and highly erotic which is evident when you read my book, The B.E.D. I thrive off romance and intimacy. It's special to me to show love to someone without having to buy anything. The only thing about me that I wish I could change some times is this uncontrollable need to analyze a situation til the point of worrying myself too much.
The best advice I've been given is to not stop. When people who I know have read my work or seen me perform are telling me directly "Don't stop," my motivation goes sky high. The best advice I can give future entertainers is shoot from where everyone says you will miss. In other words, go beyond what others say you are capable of and stay away from the mind set of those who say, "Be realistic." In particular to writers, read about self-publishing verses major publishing. My favorite authors, Zane and E. Lynn Harris, self-published their first books. Going the independent route is challenging but being able to market yourself is essential because no one should be more passionate about it than you.
Follow him on twitter.com/IamJohnBlaze