(There is still work to do.)
In the matter of a year I have overcome more than my sub conscience ever told me I could. I went from a "maybe tomorrow" and "The world is against me" state of mind: to a "You're either with me, or against me" mindset.
Once I narrowed down the things that caused majority of my stress and unhappiness, I realized that I was the reason for all of my problems. Once I started pursuing photography, and film as a hobby, it was as if I started seeing things for what they are. With some deep soul searching, and support from some of the most important people in my life, I started to see the bigger picture.
Apple Blossom Da Moo-VEe
In my short film career, I have produced about a dozen or so films. Besides the first two “Welcome to the Trap” episodes, this film has the most sentimental value to me. “Apple Blossom Da Moo-Vee” is the sixth installment to the series, and the longest. I started the “Welcome to the Trap” series the summer of 2016, to showcase the highlights of my life's adventure to my audience, in hopes to encourage them to share theirs in any way, shape, or form.
The series gained a small audience that encouraged me to continue with it, and I am so thankful for all of you who continue to show support to the movement. This episode highlights the Apple Blossom Festival, held in Winchester, VA where I attend school. This was my third Bloom, and arguably my favorite. I did not do as much as I did the first two years, and...I was not as intoxicated, but the amount of toxic substances I did not put in my body is not why this one hit home.
To save you all from a long (and probably boring) rant, I'm going to tell you my reasoning in three categories
The Amount of Alcohol I Drank
(It is not what it sounds like, just hear me out)
Usually your boy would try to become the epitome of the word ‘drunk’. I'm talking about, falling asleep at the pre-game and never making it to the actual party - drunk. This year I have adopted a little more mature subconscience, and I actually wanted enjoy myself and the people around me.
The energy of the people I was around during the time of the festival was like none other. This Bloom marked the last for some of my brothers that I gained during my college experience, so it was a bitter-sweet moment to live through. I did not go out to parties as much as I did the previous years, but every time I was around a crowd of people the vibes were up, which lowered the negative thoughts of my sub-conscience.
This is not a typo.
Being around a bunch of people you do not know could be uncomfortable at times, but there was never a moment where I felt out of place during my adventure. In the scene titled "Partying With My Conservatory Family" I show one of my favorite experiences during the festival. The people in the scene are some of the most warm-hearted, welcoming human beings I have encountered in my college experience. We knew no one but only the people we came with, and few others at the function (party). The people in the film during that scene are people I have seen on campus, but never had an experience with before .
I hope you enjoy the film. It will be releasing at in the next few days on the site and on my YouTube (LegalTrappingProductions). I appreciate all of you, and the support you continue to give me.
Until next time my people. Oh yea, Welcome back to the Trap 🌕💕🖖🏻🖖🏼🖖🏽🖖🏾 🖖🏿.
Damon Mackin. 22 years of age. Mass Communications major at Shenandoah University 18'. Freelance Journalist/Photographer