No Wonder You Were Afraid to Ask #31 – Marquese Robinson- Out of Lost Money He Created a Friendship


Marquese Robinson is a filmmaker and entrepreneur who lives in Los Angeles. I met Marquese a couple of years ago when I found a folder with some money in it while I was crossing the street in Sherman Oaks. I eventually tracked down the owner and it was Marquese. We met up and have stayed in touch ever since. Marquese is a creator and I wanted to spotlight him on my blog. Here is his interview.

“I was born and raised in Milwaukee, WI. Moved to LA straight out of high school to pursue the film industry through college. The college part didn’t really pan out, but I’m carving a lane for myself in this crazy city so it’s not all bad. I’m most passionate about creating. I get great satisfaction out of ideas being fulfilled and fully realized. The process of making something from nothing or going from a concept to something tangible, there’s a lot of thrill in that for me.”

When asked why people should know him, Marquese said,”I’m an interesting guy with great ideas. You could say I’ve been a professional for the past couple years, but my creativity runs deep and it always has. I’m more focused on honing that in now. I’m proud that of my own persistence and dedication to the projects I believe in.”

He added, “I want to note that my short film, Whack The Folly has been selected for the Berkeley Television and Film Festival, see attached poster below.”

Whack The Folly Poster

You can catch Marquese on Social Media here:

Personal Web site:
Twitter: @Apt_20
Instagram: @Afro_genius

Here are some answers to the bonus questions.

What advice would you give the teenage you?

I’d tell him to be more aware of long-term effects of your behavior, that’s something I’ve been realizing recently.

How do you think we can fix the racial divide in the United States?

We can start to bridge the gap with education. You can’t adequately debate the issues if you’re fundamentally misinformed.

Do you have a favorite animal?

I really dig jellyfish. Certain types have the ability to regenerate their cells indefinitely and live forever.

What is one thing you tell people right now to change the world for the better?

The answer should always be love each other.

Why is reading books so important?

I love reading because it’s like an extended lecture in most cases. You get to sit with someone’s perspective on a given topic and allow them to connect the dots in a way that’s almost conversational although you may never actually talk with them.

What do you think drives violence in this world?

I believe most violence is driven by a lack of basic needs being met. When your back is against the wall there isn’t much choice outside of having a fight or flight lifestyle.

What would you like to be remembered for?

I would like to be remembered as a person of the earth that helped change it for the better.

If you started your own religion, what would 3 tenets of it be?

Love your brother, love yourself, love your creator

What is your favorite restaurant?

I don’t really have a favorite restaurant but I’ve been checking out a lot of donut shops in LA and right now BirdiesLA is the wave!

What one subject would you add to high school curriculums?

More art programs!

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