Mele Tulua-Thompson is our featured artist this week for her “Spoken Word”
Q: When did you first discover your talent?
A: Well, from elementary school I’ve written poems. As I’ve gotten older my material has become more genuine; and I didn’t really start “performing” until this past year. I never thought it would turn into “Spoken Word,” so to say, but it was all God.
Q: In your “Spoken Word” you are very transparent, are you ever worried what people think?
A: I’ve learned that there’s no way in hiding the truth or uncovering it unless I just tell people myself. I would rather give them the truth than sugar coat “sweet nothings” just because that’s what you think people would want to hear. Besides, I can’t please everyone, so why not only please God.
Q: Where do you find your inspiration from?
A: The things I thought I’d never talk about; my trials. But as an artist? I look up to Janette Ikz, Ezekiel Azonwu and some more from the P4CM (Passion 4 Christ Movement).
Q: Where do you hope your passion will take you?
A: My dream is to be able to travel and do this for a living. But you know, our God is always bigger than our dreams; so I’m hoping that whatever it is, I’m able to do it along side my husband and continue to bring people to know God!
Q: In what way are you hoping to encourage people through your videos?
A: In the smallest and biggest ways possible; whether it’s helping them smile after a long, rough day or letting them know it’s okay to cry and be broken so that God can come in and heal them completely. Also, I think my daughter plays a big part in making appearances and instantly making someone laugh.
Q: What does your husband think of your Spoken Word?
A: He’s supportive of it all. Most times, the first time I perform a piece will be the first time he hears them too. Then afterwards he’ll let me know how good I did or what I need to improve on. Of course, if I’m sharing something more personal I always ask first if it’s okay if I talk about those things.
Q: And what do you hope to teach your daughter through the videos?
A: I hope that she understands she is loved and never would I have imagined how great of an impact she has on my life. I hope she sees truth in it all and understands it was all God who got us this far.
Q: What is your advice for someone who is afraid to speak the words God has laid upon them?
A: To just do it, even if you’re scared, nervous, whatever… at some point you’re going to have to do it. One of my favorite poets, Jackie Hill Perry, said, “Speak the truth even if your voice shakes.” Just start sharing a little bit at a time and before you know, you’re running full force in what you thought you’d never be doing. That’s how I did it. Besides, if God really gave you the words, then Honey, you have nothing to worry about. Just obey and He will do the rest!
Be sure to like Mele’s Facebook page here to see her latest pieces!