We had the good fortune of connecting with Sudie Abernathy and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sudie, do you have a favorite quote or affirmation?
I am happy, healthy, abundant, and successful in all areas of my life, and when I fail, it’s just a lesson. Don’t rush or overthink, everything that is supposed to be in my life is making its way towards me right now. I try to say this every morning. It motivates me to be productive and creative, and it also grounds me to give myself grace when I need a break. I’m a bit of a workaholic, and I struggle with copious amounts of guilt if I am not “productive” and constantly creative. This quarantine has forced me to become best friends with myself, and I have been experiencing incredible amounts of gratitude for the lessons I have been learning and continue to learn. Part of my morning manifestations and affirmations are helping me to become the best person I can be for myself, my friends and family, and the world I live in.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
First and foremost, I’m a musician at heart. I started singing and songwriting pretty much when I came out the womb and have never stopped. I added to my creative cup as the years went by, acting, writing, directing, getting a degree in opera, producing, etc. For me, being creative is an integral part of who I am, and I learn about myself everyday. I don’t believe that I’ll ever come to a moment where I will stop, at least, I hope not. Life brings challenges, and I don’t think anything worthwhile comes easy. At the beginning of quarantine I was working on a lot new creative projects. Now in this moment I have found a new passion in activism, right now specifically calls to action surrounding the Dallas budget. I have a new project called the Dallas Transformation Station to inspire civic engagement and education through programming that supports the artists, educators, and revolutionaries of our city. I want to create a platform to not only elevate, uplift, and highlight BIPOC artists and businesses in our city, but also inform and ignite passion in people.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
We would go hiking at the Oak Cliff Nature preserve and check out the drive-in movies the Texas Theatre puts on in the parking lot behind their building on the weekend. I would most likely make one or two big, Italian style dishes to keep us fed during the week. We would probably go to Juiceland at least once. I mean, the pandemic isn’t over so we wouldn’t go out like it was January. They would meet the smirkle I’ve created in quarantine. Smirkle is a word my friend accidentally said, combining the word small, and, circle. Smirkle. Now I use it all the time.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
First, my parents supported my love for singing and put me into lessons at a very young age because I loved it so much and wanted to do it all the time. They kept me heavily involved in it all the way to college. Next, my friends who whole-heartedly supported me in pursuing my career, and Sandra, for becoming my first manager. My current manager took over about a year after I graduated college and everything from then until now I couldn’t have done without her. I would not be where I am today without my support system and for the people who believed in me.
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