To Renii Charleston’s recollection, she was once a self-proclaimed procrastinator, particularly with regards to achieving goals and maximizing her potential.
Surely, we all have our share of life-changing issues, these seemingly distracting stumbling blocks we seldom encounter that could greatly disrupt or delay the purpose for which God created us.
Renii Charleston, of all people, can greatly attest to this notion.
In fact, to her recollection, Charleston was once a self-proclaimed procrastinator, particularly with regards to achieving goals and maximizing her potential.
Then one day, just like that, her proverbial light bulb moment flashed right before her very eyes.
In a nutshell, Charleston began writing.
And writing some more.
And writing some more.
So much so that this 44-year-old native of Chicago ultimately began to witness her craft, let alone her dreams become a reality.
Today, to her credit and unlike never before, Charleston is a rising Memphis-based owner playwright, producer, actress and, most notably, owner and chief executive officer of DREAMTYME Productions.
Given the immense strides she’s made in recent years, it’s safe to assume that her best and brightest days in this ever-so-evolving industry are well ahead of her.
By and large, she has no one but her Creator to thank, no one to whom to pay homage moreso than God, Who thought enough of her to order her steps, thus strategically steer her in the right direction.
“Over the years I have watched several playwrights such as David Talbert and Tyler Perry to name a few who have inspired me to divorce procrastination and to write this play and start writing those books, etc.,” Charleston told News Reporter Andre Johnson during a recent interview.
The play to which Charleston is alluding is her much-anticipated stage project called, “Dare to Dream,” a well-orchestrated and eloquently-written and designed play that was assembled largely to give hope, empower, and to spread the underlying message that “dreams do come true,” as Charleston is swift to point out.
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Moreover, Charleston said, this premiere event — which will take place July 23-24 at 5 p.m. daily at Fairley High’s Performing Arts Center — will challenge individuals socially and culturally, thus inspire people from various walks of life to dream “outside of the box.”
A catalyst for positive, “Dare to Dream” possesses the power to alter decisions, ignite growth, and ultimately change lives, according to a spokesperson for the hit play.
“We are looking for individuals, businesses, and organizations to help us make this event truly special for our community,” said Charleston, who’s widely known also as a hairstylist, mentee coordinator, and dance instructor. “(A variety of) media coverage, sponsorships, and/or contributions will help us to put on this production on a major platform. It will also afford you the opportunity to target potential individuals that may not be captured in your current communities, church services, or promotional campaigns.”
More than anything, Charleston acknowledged, her stage play could very well have a monumental impact on the community, especially throughout a Memphis-metropolitan area that has been plagued by crime this year.
“It will also spotlight your community involvement and provide you with strong visibility in the communities of your potential audiences, which can mean additional support and possible membership,” Charleston said. “It is our goal to make our association with (our audience) a positive one, in promoting their participation and publicly expressing our appreciation.”
A mother of one biological child and a foster mother to her nephew, Charleston’s reputation is such that she’s always been devoted to ensuring that her craft as a playwright would ultimately come full circle.
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Given her continuous success of late, there’s no doubt she appears well on her way of savoring even more success as an actress.
“The importance of investing in people is a model that even our national leaders can’t deny,” Charleston, whose acting resume includes having appeared in two movies, said. “Because someone invested in me, I’ve had the honor of working with prestigious writers, producers, and directors in Memphis.”
In essence, nonetheless, she will be the first to tell you that her overall objective in her increasingly successful career is mightily enable others to maximize their potential, thus making their dreams a reality.
Talk about being committed to giving back and remembering where she came from.
”My biggest expectation is to give hope, empower, encourage, and change lives, causing individuals to launch out into the depths of the unknown and make their dreams come true,” Charleston said.
After all, she, of all people, can greatly attest to this notion.
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