We had the good fortune of connecting with Prudence TheAuset Sneed and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Prudence TheAuset, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
My thoughts honestly reflected on when my mother had a non profit organization. It had community mentors that taught life skills as well as provided the assistance many low income parents needed from food and clothes banks to applying for jobs and trade schools. Those services made important impressions on us as youth as well as adults who were facing many challenges. We are in an era where being a bridge in the community where students and parents may need the smallest of help to make a huge impact in their lives is beyond necessary.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am many things and of those things, I am a writer and a black female filmmaker. That within itself has been the ultimate challenge. Overcoming my own fears and embracing a very male dominated industry. I’ve been blessed to create an independent web series called Southern Truths. We are currently going into our 3rd season and it has developed me in areas as an artist and creative that I never saw coming. The consistency required to match in a TV show from season to season is indeed its own reward. My characters have began to truly tell their own stories and it has gotten “interesting” to say the least. My patience above all things has strengthened and that’s always a good thing for me. My desire to learn as much as I teach has taken on to another level as well. I absolutely love the history of filmmaking. Where it all started to how it remains a groundbreaking industry each and every time it advances into the new age.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Okay so let’s pray that they’re visiting in Spring or Summer because…PATIO!!!! Glorias in Bishop Arts District is my absolute favorite place to brunch or dine and the outside patio is my favorite. Either up or downstairs although I must say that the day I show up and I can’t get on my patio because of social distancing or capacity rules, I’m going to cry. I’m a Cancer so take that seriously because at forty fine years old I have literally pouted through lunch because we had to sit inside. It’s the open and free vibe along with the sexy ambiance for me. Of course we must go by Vinny’s while socializing, maybe a brunch at The W and I could never say I was from Oak Cliff if we didn’t stop by Rudy’s, Henderson’s (you have to try them both) Smoky Joes BBQ and/or Evans BBQ. After that we are going to Sandaga and we miiiiight swing by Free Man Cajun Cafe. It’s all about the band that’s playing because it’s a must we dance off the chicken grease and red soda we just ate.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to shout out the sister friends in my life. They have held me up when I was weak and have been my constant reality check when I drift into my own world. I can be vulnerable and strong and still be celebrated for who I truly am.
Photographer credit for Southern Truths is Chantz Hough graphic designer Grabeal Lyrix Logo Designer for TheAusets Sanctuary is Yolanda Justice Logo Designer for TheAuset’s Foundation Inc. is Gabreal Lyrix Artist photographer is Paul S Williams of EyeDareUPhotography.