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VETERAN, AUTHOR, DIRECTOR, SCREENWRITER, COMMUNITY LEADER
VISIONARY-HUMBLE-RENAISSANCE MAN TURNED RISING “STAR”
Dreams do come true, but first you have to wake them up!—David K. Drew II
September is the month that we celebrate to “Never Forget” those who lost their lives in the tragic waking moments of the Twin Towers attack on 9/11. Those police officers, firemen, emergency personnel and citizens we call HEROES, who became victims of a vicious terrorist attack. This is also the time to consider those survivors and “unsung military” teams who assisted in the after-math, protecting us before, during, and after this incident long after the debris was removed from “ground zero.” How are they coping today after experiencing so much turmoil?
Well, one soldier who is now a retired Veteran, Sergeant First Class David K. Drew II, has since become a “Rising Star” in the entertainment industry utilizing the strengths and lessons gained from his military background. He defines himself in three words: a “visionary” because he is living a dream every day that he foresaw as a child, “humble” because he realizes that hard work and helping others to achieve their dreams are the reasoning behind where he is today, and “renaissance-man” because he has his hands into three different things (community leader, author, and film maker), and is “quasi-successful” in all three.
So what prepared this “renaissance-man” for each career venture? Quite a few things, actually…beginning with his childhood. David grew up in the neighborhoods of Augusta, Georgia. His mother was a school teacher and embedded into him the significance and importance of getting a quality education, while aspiring for his dreams. His love for writing began when he was eight years old. David remembers that in the eighth grade, he wrote a poem which his teacher didn’t believe was his own creation. After telling his mom about the disappointment and hurt he felt, she handled the situation with her fellow peer, but David’s life was never the same. Through this, he realized that God had given him an uncanny ability to “…make words, make sense.” To solidify his destiny, David said that he took an old green rug that his mother was disposing of, cut out the shape of a star and his name into it, and hung it proudly on his bedroom door, modeling the ways of “old Hollywood.” As he retells this story, his friends laugh as they remember the pinnacle moment that led David to be labeled a “word-smith” long before he knew what it meant. I think all of that comes from growing up in my generation; we didn’t have the technology of today. We couldn’t Google; but we had the World Book Encyclopedias instead. When everyone was reading comic books, I was reading those encyclopedias. I visited places within their pages decades before I actually had the chance to visit them.
The military played a huge part in David Drew’s life when it came to discipline. The training taught him how to think outside the box, and his combat experience developed his faith during his survival mode moments. His Uncle “CP” (Lieutenant Colonel Carroll Peoples Sykes) and his wife, Fran, were also great influences upon this visionary’s life. They both opened him up to opportunities that would play a major part in his life in the years to come. He sums up one portion of his destiny like this: If I hadn’t gone into the military, I don’t know what my life would’ve been like had I not been a soldier. I draw a zero on that thought. The Army allowed me to be the “me” that I believe God wanted me to be.
He wrote his first book of poetry and prose entitled, “Can You Hear the Drums,” and a copy made it into the hands of Producer Bob Gaye. After reading it and realizing the unique writing style of this “humble” man, Gaye challenged David to take home a group of characters for a weekend and create a storyline for them. The task slipped his mind and when approached on the following Monday morning for a report, he managed to write forty-five minutes of dialogue, in thirty minutes. Gaye was impressed and offered him the chance of a lifetime to gain professional experience both as a writer and eventually an actor on his Comcast television series, “Misty,” which turned into, “A-Town East,” and other productions during his 14-year tenure. BJG Productions allotted him the experience he would need in media to eventually start his own company, Drew2MediaDynamics. He collaborates with his production partner, Jon Javere with his Steel on Steel Productions/VerbStar companies. Since then, he’s responsible for over a dozen productions and counting. Drew’s latest work is Prentice Place, inspired by his novel, Augusta Nights published in 2011. This made-for-television series reflects upon the characters in his book on the life of Patriarch Armstrong Prentice and his family, based on true accounts of historic figures in Augusta, Georgia. The events that took place are real, but the family telling the story has been embellished with modern day characters. Augusta Nights’ storyline captures the background of the Prentice’s family with flashbacks from the Civil War. It begins with the death of David Franklin, former husband of former Mayor of Atlanta, Shirley Franklin and then culminates to President Barack Obama becoming the First African American President.
No matter how this astonishing and focused director, writer, actor, and civil servant strives to reach his goals, his main drive lies within the confines of this one important factor…that he is the last surviving male to his branch of the Drew family, thus establishing his passion for developing a DrewLegacy. He has two beautiful daughters, Konica Avery and Tse’lani Drew—no sons; therefore, unless they have a son with his last name, the Drew family lineage ends with him. So he is determined to leave a body of works to imprint upon the pages of history in his place. I was once told a story about the background of the dash upon the tombstone. That it represents the life of that person. Well I want all that I accomplished documented with the peace-of-mind that I made a difference in the lives of those I touched. My obituary will be a book, so don’t expect to see the game on that day (he laughs); you will be there a minute. When I leave this realm of consciousness, I want to come back as ME. I am going to live life to the fullest with the creative gift of words, as I give back.
David K. Drew II is well on his way to achieving JUST THAT! You can find out more about him and upcoming projects on www.drew2mediadynamics.com.