Toussaint Jeanlouis

What I Create is: Where, When, and How I Live.

Actor, Certified Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Boxing Instructor.

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"I yank down my shorts and shit." When it hits you 'AFTERWARD'

There are many questions I'm asking myself now. But something I've learned is, sometimes, no matter how hard it is, the best you can do is just listen. Most times there isn't a hero; there are loved ones. Let them know you love them.

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DevisingHub with Ping Chong + Co

Tonight is the first night of a five week workshop with Ping Chong + Company and Associate Artist Ryan Conarro. I will be among ten creators - interdisciplinary artists, who are all devising new works as individuals and/or groups. I've already gotten the readings for the first day and it's like I'm back in grad school which is exciting!!! 

My Project:  

HOME B.A.S.E.

"We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly." - Martin Luther King Jr.  Art and creation is the network of mutuality that saved my life, helping me realize who I am and what I can be while living in a world that would tell me what it thinks I should be. I am a Creator. I build skills and create situations to help others create. What I Create comes from the essential realization and acknowledgment of How, When, and Where I Live. Working with Casita Maria's Bronx community I would implement a series of generative community workshops built from my creative model of HOME B.A.S.E. combining Acting Training, Martial Arts, Dance, Writing, Visual Arts, and Music to Build Artists through Somatic Education. Through this series of workshops I would guide participants in exploring the rich theme of COTTON, this elemental and earthy thread that builds the garments that bind us. "How do you want to dye/die?  What is the history of this fabric, this essential crop that unites and yet divides us? What legacy do you want to leave behind on this thread of existence?” It is our duty to shape, stretch, color, and fashion our world. Through an exploration of COTTON, I hope to indirectly examine the racial, social, economic, sexual fibers of our contemporary lives, working with the community to arrive to build a stronger fabric of creative sustainability.

That's a Wrap!

 

After a year I finally had the pleasure of finishing a shoot for "The Fouth Day" with Director Cai Hall! We did it! 

Last scene. 

Last scene. 

What a wonderful reminder of what it feels like to do what you love. Thanks to the cast and crew for such an amazing time! 

The Best Short Stories by Black #Writers

I'm reading a story a day from The Best Short Stories by Black Writers 1899 - 1967 edited by Langston Hughes. There are so many writers I never heard of before and certainly not their stories. It's interesting because each one tackles the diaspora of the Black Experience from different angles: Caribbean, Mulatto, English, Native American, etc. the list is long!

Sometimes you have to take a #Risk.

There are so many things I want to say, but the main thing is: I'm thankful for the experiences I've had and the people I've met and been inspired by. 

The hardest lesson I've learned is to not take everything, especially yourself, too seriously. Still a lesson being learned and practiced. Let go. It's not going to be perfect. Put the effort and dedication in, and stay open to what comes back. Know it's okay to let go.

A Change Gonna Come - My Cover