We had the good fortune of connecting with Randy Aaron and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Randy, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
I was born in New Orleans, LA., but grew up in Decatur, GA. I was raised by a strong, compassionate, patient black woman who didn’t take shit from anyone. I am the man I am today because of my mother. My mother single handily raised three kids. I have an older brother and a younger sister. That puts me in the middle. And she never asked anyone for anything. We always had clean cloths, food to eat and a roof over our heads. And every Christmas there were presents under the tree. My mother sometimes had three jobs to make ends meet and they were always met. She had a ‘we’ll cross that bridge when we get there’ attitude and that’s what we did, together. My mother taught me how to stand on my own two feet literally and figuratively by way of example. She was always there when I needed her but let me come to her. She gave me just enough space to make mistakes that would make me the man that I am today.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m a Broadway actor who is currently in The Book of Mormon. A few months after graduating from high school I packed two suit cases with a $1000 in tow and boarded a plane headed to NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. To say the journey through NYU was easy would be a lie. New York City tried to break me in more ways than one but they had no idea who I was or how bad I wanted to be there. The entire time at NYU I had 2 to 3 jobs and was always tired. My mother helped out a lot. She sent me money and told me quite often how proud she was of me and encouraged me to keep going. She was my rock. She taught me how to thrive in any the most dire of circumstances. “The trick is to handle the world and don’t let the world handle you,” she would say. How do I overcome challenges you might ask? I don’t take on other people’s shit. I stay in my lane. I understand that’s what I see is true and what I don’t see is also true. Everyone has a story to tell and I choose to listen more and talk less. I find when you are centered you don’t have to talk so much. You are more inspired to listen.
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.
Oh that’s easy…We would head to an all inclusive SPA. I’m at that age now where when my friends visit all we want to do is relax in each other’s company.. We would probably start with a meditation followed by a light breakfast. Next we would do some kind of friend massage for at least 90mintes and after head over the the wadding pool jacuzzi combo and Kiki until it was time for lunch and vino. After we would do some kind of mud or seaweed wrap followed by a lavender bath to rinse off. Dinner would be followed by a Broadway show and we would end the night off with a nightcap at jazz bar to hear our friends do what they do. And then we would repeat!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I dedicate this to my mum who had a huge part in making me the man that I am today. Not only did she raise me, she also paid my way, single-handedly, though NYU and taught me everything I know about surviving and loving.