Don't Follow Trends, Set Them
Dorothy Mays Clark - Actor/ Singer/ Director/ Playwright
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Don't Follow Trends, Set Them

I remember when I first fell in love with the versatility of changing my hair. My Senior Year in college, the Senior Class was travelling to Nassau, Bahamas and I knew that I didn't want to go on such a fun trip and have to be so concerned about my hair. One of my friends suggested the idea of braids. I had never worn braids before and had never considered the idea of wearing hair that wasn't my own. But, she did the braids for me and instantly I was hooked.

From there began years of trying out different hairstyles through wigs and pieces. At one point I was changing so much that a sister from church lovingly nicknamed me "Regine" after the character on "Living Single" who was known for wearing her hair as accessories. Honestly, I appreciated the compliment. "Regine", even though she was a television character, had actually inspired me to have more freedom to wear my hair as an accessory. Some outfits require a sleek look and others require a bold diva look. 

Now, mind you, this was my own personal decision. I had never considered the idea that it would draw so much attention, discussion or protest. But, it did. Matter of fact, after a brief time of allowing my hair to "breathe" and having it pressed, a member at church walked up to me, put their hand in my hair to see if it was real, and stated, "Why do you always wear that other stuff when you have all of this hair?" I told her simply, "Because I want to."

Now, here we are at the end of 2014, and I glance around my church and see several women wearing hair pieces and wigs as an accessory. My brother teased me and stated, "You started something" and I replied, "That's because I set trends, I don't follow them." I stated this in a joking matter, but once I stopped to think about it I realized how true it is.

While growing up, my parents encouraged us to "Dare To Be Different" and to be "Apples in an Orange World". We were encouraged to be who we were and to not follow the crowd. So, in essence, it's in me to set trends and not to follow them. And as we enter into a new year, I want to encourage all of our friends to be trendsetters, also. We're beginning a campaign of "Don't Follow Trends, Set Them" and it's being kicked off with a T-shirt Fundraiser Campaign. The funds from the campaign will help to finance the 4 productions that we have scheduled this year!

How can you help? Thanks for asking! You can help by purchasing a shirt and encouraging your family and friends to do the same. 

Our Trendsetter Campaign will continue throughout the year with other opportunities for you to be a trendsetter, but the t-shirt campaign will close on January 16, 2015! 

So, go ahead, have a very Merry Christmas and a very blessed New Year! And then kick your new year off supporting a great cause, a great campaign and a great company!

We thank you, in advance, for your support!!!

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