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Daily Inspiration: Meet Markis Woods

Today we’d like to introduce you to Markis Woods.

Hi Markis, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
Ever since my earliest memories, I’ve been in love with art. Any art for that matter, I remember listening to beastie boys when I was about three or so years old and loving the music. I do remember drawing on the walls around the name age using the paint from my toys to apply the paint.

Art was not my only passion though. I started playing sports at three years old as well. I began with skateboarding, and martial arts, then to a long-lasting time with football. I ended up playing football for thirteen years. At the end of high school, I chose to attend a small school playing football in Los Angeles.

I flew out there from Georgia, to put in more work to be able to earn a scholarship at a bigger and more competitive university. Unfortunately, I was sidelined for most of the season due to some new injuries, and some reoccurring ones. I decided to hang up my cleats and transfer to Georgia Southern University.

What has led me to art after all these years of playing sports? I pursued art throughout my playing days, but more so as a hobby. Throughout college, I found that Statesboro is much more isolated than I had ever would imagine. So, I had a lot of free time on my hands as opposed to living in Los Angeles or around Atlanta.

I would spend 10+ hours a day learning to be a better composer, producer, musician, engineer, designer, etc. What drove me to start marketing myself and creating a business to sell my products, was an extremely painful knee injury.

I tore four ligaments in my knee, one being the most painful one to tear which is the ACL. Not even a week after, I tore my ACL, I began taking my art career more seriously, making a business for myself, and making a name for myself. I have uploaded two albums onto the most popular streaming services and created a diverse portfolio and inventory for my business.

I had an artist name picked out for some time (Markis Woods), as well as a name for my clothing brand (BoxHead).

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
It is rarely ever a smooth road to success. Being optimistic is the only way to move forward.

I’ve had trouble with mental health since I was a child. I’ve used sports and art as a therapeutic solution all these years. It’s a double-edged sword since I a lot of my creations are unquote because of this “issue”. I also have dyslexia which may be troublesome for many people. It really makes you focus on your strengths.

I’m able to pick up things like painting, playing piano, and any sport with ease. But, I may have trouble spelling a word. The best analogy I’ve heard was “Having dyslexia is like having a one really big, muscular, and strong arm, then having a skinny one on the other side.”

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am a composer, musician, audio/film producer, audio/film engineer, painter, carpenter, and graphic designer. I also handle all the necessary needs of my business from accounting to marketing.

I’m most proud of the music I’ve created and the progression that I have made. It’s difficult to open up a powerful and expensive program that professionals use and teach yourself. Now, I listen to my music constantly.

Anyone can be a good artist if they are smart and/or creative. But the great artist perseveres through difficult times and is persistent. That is the road that I’m traveling down.

Can you talk to us a bit about happiness and what makes you happy?
Waking up every morning knowing that I have learned the ability to create music, art, videos, etc.

Is the best feeling in the world. Growing up, I couldn’t get enough of it, and being a part of the journey is half the fun. It makes life more interesting, and more meaningful. Being able to inspire people is very impactful as well.

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