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Rising Stars: Meet Diamond Freeman

Today we’d like to introduce you to Diamond Freeman.

Hi Diamond, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
My story started with dance music and film right at home on the Southside of Atl. My family was filled with dancers, singers, skaters, musicians…just all-around entertainers with big imaginations. But I’d really say I can attribute a lot of who I am to Skatetowne on Old nat lol. That’s where I spent the majority of my time though-out my childhood. I had a cousin who worked there so I used to hang out for multiple shifts lol. I attended Joann’s school of dance in Forest park where I studied pointe, jazz, tap and ballet, But SKATETOWNE is where I got all my edge lol. I used to battle there. I always ended up being the leader and the creative behind routines and everything. I really enjoyed the process of telling a story. In elementary I played the harp and violin and was on EVERY dance team and If the school didn’t have one I created one. I was not playing with these folks lol. (I can go on forever with just my journey with dance alone lol.) It went like that pretty much all the way through school. Then I started battling in local jams and traveling to compete too. I made so many connections throughout the years. I really have a deep unexplainable love for dance. I don’t know anything more beautiful, spiritual, and expressive than dance. It’s really one of my favorite gifts from god and has anchored me, propelled me, and ironically put me into position for the passion I have on the forefront now, film. Telling stories though dance on camera was the reason I jumped off the porch into the industry. I wanted them to be good, like really good, and I wanted the world to see dance the way I seen it in my head. That is important to me. So I really started going crazy studying and making connections with people I admired and respected. The growth has been crazy and I’ve gone from wanting to only tell stories through dance to really being engulfed in the world of Film/tv production. I really love it frfr. All of it. Every department. When I’m on set I’m just like, Yea this is where I’m supposed to be. Wild that it’s really only the beginning for me.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Nowhere near of course. I think one of my biggest challenges was (is) being a young mother. I had my son at 17. Shortly after, both of my parents died. One year apart from each other. Not too long after that, we discovered my son was autistic. Asperger’s syndrome. Learning to navigate life after all of this changed a lot. My patience, drive, empathy and creativity were in a really different place. It made me better. You know how creative you gotta be with a baby, no parents, and a vey limited line of support at 18? Come on man, I had to get to it. I was really counted out. But I’ve always been prideful, and competitive. Proving people wrong is one of my of favorite hobbies. I never had plans on not achieving everything I wanted. I’m not leaving this earth without getting these Ideas off lol.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I do a bit of everything right now lol. Mostly freelance videography. I’d say I specialized in Movement artists, and dancers. I’m really not sure what I’m most proud of right now. I don’t know if I have made it yet. I’ve shot some really dope stuff though. I say my fav is a project called “Razor.” It’s a short horror/comedy dance film inspired by Michael Jackson’s Thriller. I really had my dance community transformed into zombies and whooping rico on the Southside lol. Hard.

What were you like growing up?
Very imaginative. Lol. I was heavily influenced by the things I watched. My ideas were so lively in my head. My go-to shows were Yugioh, Pokemon, and Jackie chan adventures lol. I loved Jade. I wanted to be jade so bad lol. I was also very competitive. If I did something I wanted to be the best at it. I was a sensitive kid too lol. I felt everythinggg. Still do.

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Ashley Mccray Deaaron Johnson Kemani “Stylzz

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