Mike's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    San Jose Team

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Austin, TX

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 4

  • ON DVD:

MIKE HENRY

Slam Poet
Austin Slam Poetry

“I found quickly this world of poetry and performing: this is it; this is my juice. This is what drives me.”

INTERESTS:

Art Writing

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Community Culture Dedication Determination Family Individualism Talent Exploration

FOUNDATION:

Being Creative

TAGS:

exploring options, open mic, performing, taking a leap

BIOGRAPHY:

  • After school, he did what he says a lot of people do: tried odd jobs, thought about grad school, played music with his friends.
  • Had an interest in writing and poetry, but had never found a community where he could pursue it until he moved to Austin.
  • Decided he'd sit back and watch open mic performances for a year to learn the craft.
  • Says the first time he took the leap and performed, it probably wasn't great: "the angels might not have sang."
  • But after that first performance, he knew he'd found his "juice," the thing that would drive him.
  • Dedicated himself to building a career and a life where he could support himself with his art.
  • Says his parents didn't understand his craft; to them, his slam poetry was like "speaking martian."
  • But even that added fuel to his drive; he was determined to get to a place where he'd be happy and his family would be proud of him.

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