Editor's Note: This is one of a continuing series of interviews with notables in the creative industry. This week, we meet the inspirational Renaldo Lawrence. Renaldo is a Lynda/LinkedIn author and Adobe Education Leader, who is working hard to change the minds and attitudes of students through positive messaging on social media.
#1 What is your primary job title?
My primary job title is e-Learning Creator. In this role, I work with staff at school to create interactive learning materials based on the teacher’s curriculum. I also teach the ICT curriculum.
#2 Who or what inspires you?
People inspire me. I love to see people who are creative, but creatives who work without a visible ego. I am also inspired by my children whose values make me proud. They are the hardest working people I know other than my wife. I am also inspired by my Mother who is 91 years old. She went back to school at 42 in order to show us just how important an education was. My true role model. I also admire my father who as a man, had it rough in terms of existing during a time when being a black man was not a good thing. I admire him because he tried his best to hide me from that reality and he did a great job of doing it.
My family during the 2012 Olympics in London. My sons played for the Great Britain basketball team.
#3 What do you think about when alone in your car?
Great question. My life is based around self-improvement and this is the center of my car experience. I have an invisible Master-Mind group who doesn’t have an idea who I am. I use this group to help direct my moral purpose and allow me to center myself as a person. Most important that group helps me to grow as a person. There are Joel Osteen , Eric Thomas, Anthony Robbins, Gary Vaynerchuk, LeBron James for the programs he runs for the children in his LeBron James Foundation, Oprah Winfrey and Steve Harvey.
So, every morning, when people are listening to the News, I listen to self-help materials. I just believe my mind is to valuable in the mornings to listen to just anything. When you have a job like mine, being a teacher it is essential that I am my best self. I arm myself every morning with goodness and positivity before the world has a chance to beat me up. So, when I encounter negativity, I’m totally prepared. Priceless!
#4 Share a life lesson you learned?
My most precious life lesson comes from my mother. That lesson is that you have to arm yourself every morning and during the day over and over and over. Never let anyone tell you that you are unimportant because that is just their opinion.
Pernell Lawrence, my mother has always told all of her children to think that they are blessed and highly favored. Highly Favored!
#5 Favorite period of history?
Now, I so jealous of our young people and the opportunity they have with technology. (-:
#6 What projects are you working on right now?
I have so many projects. I am about to move schools and I want to work with my new school creating VR materials. I also want to ensure that I can continue creating interactive materials which will support students learning. You can see examples of the materials I have created by clicking on the links provided. (Sally the document is attached)
I am also writing my next course for www.lynda.com/renaldolawrence
I have a program I created with Matt Mead, the head of education at Chelsea Soccer club where we take underprivileged students and help them realize how they can be whatever they want to with the proper direction. (link here)
#7 Describe your personal style.
Help everyone I can as long as the project has concrete meaning.
#8 What tech tools do you use in your work?
All the Adobe tools and I mean all of the Creative Cloud. I also love Articulate Storyline.
#9 When did you know you'd found your calling?
About 10 years ago when I said the hell with it. I just decide to go for what I want and not let anyone tell me what I couldn’t do.
#10 What's your super power?
Ginseng and the ability to fly in my dreams and everyday life (-:
#11 Peanut Butter: Creamy or Chunky?
Chunky – I like it rough (-:
#12 What makes you happy?
Waking up in the morning. Then being able to share a message with the world.
#13 What do you do to relax?
Have a computer in front of me along with my phone.
#14 Your place of birth?
St Matthews, South Carolina
#15 Favorite artist or art movement?
Joel Osteen, Eric Thomas, Jim Rohn, Steve Harvey and Drake.
#16 Share a funny moment from your career?
Going to school one day when there wasn’t school. Student saw me and just couldn’t stop laughing.
#17 Color of the car you drive?
A blue Audi
#18 Any new skills you'd like to learn?
Coding just the basics. More about using Premiere Pro in a professional setting. I would love to start my own video business.
#19 How do you get your news?
People! Also, because I am in Europe, I have access to a lot of different news channels with different points of views. Gives you a better chance of maybe finding out the truth.
#20 Advice to other creatives?
You have but one life. Go for it because if you don’t you will regret it later in life.