Monday, August 1, 2011
You Think You KNow But have No Idea: The Dwight Allen Oneal interview
First off I want to thank you for doing this interview for me. No Problem :-)
Who is Dwight Allen O'Neal?
Well I like to go by my full name, because I do love, honor, and respect my father; however my middle name Allen is the one thing that separates the two of us. Dwight Allen O'Neal is my strength and I want people to feel a since of hope, love, entertainment with my name. Dwight Allen O'Neal is a GAYlebrity who is leaving his mark on the world... I want people to know that I am here.
As a child I was a hopeless romantic. I had my first boyfriend at 3 and he broke up with me at the age of 7 for a little girl name Katie, because in church he was learning that liking boys was wrong. Most people giggle when I share the story of how we had a commitment ceremony in front of a tree and exchanged ring pops; however for me it was my first true love and that romance really meant something special to me. After that breakup I decided that I did not want to be gay and that it was wrong and did not love again until I was an adult.
What is your coming out story?
I am coming out to different people in my life at different times. I guess my largest coming out story would have to be with Facebook. With social networking people within my life can see all layers of me. I am a huge force online and I don't camouflage myself for anyone, I refuse to be someone who marks their page private for this person and unlocked for others (too much work). I guess the most challenging person to come out to was my mother, because I thought she would take her love away from me; however she decided not to judge me and allow me to live my own life for myself. Being the drama queen that I am I had to be over the top with the situation, so I told her right before I walked through airport security before traveling back to New York City for college. What a great way to end a college summer visit.
When you came out did your family and peers change towards you?
Some people changed; however I don't live in Arkansas anymore so I don't know the conversations that have been had over who I am now. If anything I think most people are proud of the success that I have had in my career. I did have a cousin who thought I was going to be her gay mascot, but I am no one's mascot... I am the captain on the team!
What prompted you to start Off The Clock Productions?
When I first started working on Christopher Street The Series, my business manager said I had to start my own production company. So at the time I was working a job that I clocked in and out on and one day I was clocking out to go do some editing for my series and I thought "Oh wow, what a wonderful name for my production company!" And here I am today... We have produced several events, photo shoots, two series, and in the works on a few other things.
What would you say is your overall mission of Off The Clock Productions?
Off the Clock Productions was created to create content that is social responsible and entertaining. Anything that we will ever do will always have a message that someone in the world can relate to and learn from.
What prompted you to start The Future Forward?
I actually did not start The Future... I am very honored to be apart of the creative team behind the network and I am a founding member; however I did not come up with the name. I have to give credit to our members Cornelius Jones Jr, Richard Pelzer, Nathan Seven Scott, and Roque Caston, we all came together to create a media/entertainment outlet that would reach men and women across the globe. We have had nothing but success on this endeavor and I personally find it so funny how many people thought we would not last. The Future really demonstrates how there is no I in TEAM.
What is your over all vision of Future Forward?
The Future was created to be the MEDIA for the eyes of our individual part of the community. Each person apart of our team represents a different member of society and we are the voice for that particular member. That is what is so remarkable about our success, individuals are able to learn something different about a new person by tuning into The Future on various days.
I know your production company produced the 2010 Blatino Awards, what was that experience like for you?
REMARKABLE!!! I was so honored to have the opportunity to work with FlavaMen Magazine. I learned so much about an industry that I had never worked in before and I was able to assist in one of the most publicized events on 2010. I am also honored to be apart of the 2011 Electronic FlavaMen Blatino Awards and congrats on your nomination.
What all has Off The Clock Productions produced?
Christopher Street TV, Dating Dwight, Triple S Rated, The S Party, Paparazzi, No Shade, Schizophrenic Fashion Showcase, Adam Irby's Rock With You, several photo shoots and I am sure I am forgetting something LOL...
What is your series "Christopher Street" about?
Where can we catch your series Christopher Street?
We are really excited to share with you that we just got a distribution deal with TLA Video and you can purchase your copy of the series at http://www.tlavideo.com/gay-christopher-street/p-324921-2or just search for Christopher Street on their site www.tlavideo.com. We will also be in stores across the globe throughout the year.or
With your companies what do you look forward to doing or changing in the LGBT community?
I want to spread the message of Love and through that love I want people to first accept themselves and then the acceptance of others. I have always felt that love solves everything and without love we are lost.
When you retire from your companies what do you want your legacy to be?
No one has ever asked me that and I am not sure how to answer it. Honestly I just want people to know that whatever I wanted I went after. Never take no for answer, if you want something you have to ask, believe, and receive and that is one thing I want people to know that I always did.
What can we look forward to from Dwight Allen O'Neal in the future?
I will be doing a guest spot on the series Drama Queenz and I am currently working on a new film with some really big people in our community. I am also giving birth to a new project that you can expect to hear about in the next month or so. On the social front I am currently promoting a new exclusive members only socialite event that you have to be invited to to attend. Its very Mean Girls or the In Crowd based, not to throw shade at anyone, but to create a not so accessible monthly event with like minded individuals. The first event is August 20th and the theme is HOT!!! For more details hit me up at www.ONealAppeal.com and I will tell you if you meet the requirements attend.
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