Mohammed: “I realized this last night actually… yeah I’m an artist, yeah I’m a lifelong student, yeah uh - I think I’m also an educator. I also think I’m a great conversationalist. Y’know, like, all of these things are important to me but at the end of the day I think, like, the way that I love makes all of those things come together.”
TEOP: If you saw your younger self how would you respond? What would you tell him?
Mohammed: “I think mentally I would see potential. I would just see someone who was like hurting and didn’t know how to help them self. And what I would want to say to him, I think I would let him know that this is just the beginning. Like whatever you’re trying to do, whatever you’re trying to set yourself up for in the future, whatever you’re going through right now, this is just the beginning of your life. Like whatever you’re going through will pass and whatever you’re waiting for will arrive. I think that would be really good advice for me to hear.”
TEOP: How would you like to see your future self?
Mohammed: “I mean currently my biggest struggle, or the thing I’m chasing is content. I never wanna be like complacent but just like being very happy about the place that I’m in. I love where I am right now, it’s as far as I can get with the tools that I have right now, but for my life what I really really want is to be like really really content. Like, proud, successful in my own terms and very aware of the people around me and my surroundings and stuff. And very happy with the big picture.”
TEOP: Who is your biggest role model?
Mohammed: “Definitely Janet Mock is like a huge role model for me. Like, I don’t try to identify as gender non conforming, but it's something I relate with, I’m not that wow’d about the term - but to see someone who is trans and so visibly trans doing things for her community so proudly is a big deal for me. Cuz growing up we never saw that. We never saw trans people in media and if we did it was a joke, a mockery or a background character in a scene, or comedy. And so seeing her out here is really a huge influence on me, which is really inspiring.”
TEOP: What is your greatest fear?
Mohammed: “I’ve been thinking about this a lot… One of my biggest fears is failure, not living up to my potential. I have so many projects that I wanna do, I have so many, uh, things that I dream of constantly, like big things that I wanna do. And I’m also kind of like, I like to sleep in and I like to stay at home all day. And not like stress out too much and so knowing and trying to fill that gap between comfort and success is kind of like an interesting battle for me.”
TEOP: What is your favorite Song?
Mohammed: “D’Angelo is like my favorite artist, Voodoo is like the greatest album ever made, ever. Anytime I’m going through something, I can put on “Send It On” and whether it's really loud on my headphones or on the train or if I’m home lighting a candle or just laying down in bed after a shower, which is literally what I did last night, I can play that song. It's crazy, it just feels like that man, who’s so different from me, in so many different ways, but it feels like he wrote that song inside a little room inside my heart. Like, I have chills right now talking about it.”
TEOP: What is your favorite past time?
Mohammed: “Hahaha - I love just like laying in bed. It could be a friend, platonic, or just like a loved one or lover, just like chilling. I could be reading a book; someone could be drawing; we could both be on YouTube together… with something to sip on maybe something to smoke on. But not even something super sexual, y’know just like nice chill afternoon.”
TEOP: What's the best advice you've gotten?
Mohammed: “I think people have made it corny these days but like anything Oprah, super soul sunday kinda stuff, even like memes have some super profound stuff in them. But people tend to make it corny so you don’t listen to it. But the most single important piece of advice I ever got as an artist was by my friend Kim Drew and she told my friend Antwaun who told me, “The work always has to be good.”