Posted by StreetWise in Vendor ProfilesThough Curtis Thomas is new to the StreetWise family, he is extremely excited to try his hand at something he’s always dreamed of doing. “I’ve always considered myself to be a top salesman type of guy. I figured [StreetWise] would be a good challenge for me to really do what I want to do. I was just thinking before I came to StreetWise that I needed a job as some type of salesman,” Curtis said. “So when I came to StreetWise, I realized that this was exactly what I wanted. And I want to wear a shirt and tie while I work to show the type of salesman I want to be and show the people a different side of the many different personalities that work for StreetWise Magazine.”
Curtis faced the trial of unemployment when he was laid off. “In light of not being able to find employment, I just got tired of sitting around and decided it was just time to do something. I found out a little more about the StreetWise organization from a couple of people on the streets and decided to come in and give it a try,” Curtis said.
Curtis is also really excited to be able to contribute to the magazine in addition to selling it. “I’ve been writing poetry for a long time, but I’m really a hip-hop artist. My first love is hip-hop and the culture and the music. I mean, I grew up with this as my motivation,” Curtis said.
During the interview, Curtis actually demonstrated his musical talent and gave and impromptu rap. He rhymed:
Broken dreams for a broken young man,
I was counting my blessings
like the pebbles of sand, yo
Mind altered, state of confusion, is what I tell myself to get back in the groove and
Concentrate on something more dramatic
And distance myself from
all the negative static…
Defeating my purpose, it wasn’t very amusing
And this conclusion I say was very confusing
A lot of times I thought
that I wouldn’t make it
But this cycle, I knew I’d somehow break it
Curtis has always had music in him, but it helps to have an additional muse in his wife, Kimberly. “I just like spending time with my wife, listening to music and having a good time. I tell her this all the time, but I let her know, ‘There will come a time when one of us won’t be around, so I want you to know today that I love you and I mean that from the bottom of my heart.’ Even if we were homeless and didn’t have anywhere to go, as long as we’re together, that’s all that matters to me,” Curtis said.
Curtis also has three children, Shequita (25), Markita (24), and Kurtis from previous relationships. He hopes to make his children proud of him through the work he’s doing with StreetWise and be a better father.
Curtis hopes to use StreetWise as a stepping stone for future employment. In the past, he’s worked as a machine press operator, forklift operator and worked in a variety of warehouses, but he hopes to eventually pursue his dream of owning his own recording studio. However, for the time being, Curtis is looking forward to what he can accomplish with StreetWise. “It’s working out for me, because I’m a free spirit and I like the freedom. And this just fits. It just fits right into what I’m trying to do, because my goal is to become a super-seller,” Curtis said.
Written by Brittany Langmeyer