We intended to highlight the 2020 Visionaries to Watch much earlier in 2020, but we found it wise to hold his story until it felt right to release.
When you think of the word vision, you almost immediately associate that word with sight, your sensory ability. It is something required to turn a thought into innovation. To have vision doesn’t specifically mean the ability to see something physically, but rather an intention or inclination to create change.
At the beginning of 2020, OBVIOUS had intentions of using our vision to create new stories, highlight new outlooks, and continue offering the cutting edge content that our viewers have grown to love over the years.
What started out as a promising new decade quickly turned into a dark age of disorder as COVID-19 became a global threat that altered all of our realities.
Amid the pandemic, the masks of American “justice” started to show themselves more clearly than ever before as an uprising from the Black Lives Matter movements called out the wrongful murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others at the hands of police brutality.
One thing was sure: It clouded our vision.
There needed to be some refocusing of what matters and what messaging #TeamOBVIOUS could provide to its audience that would resonate with something optimistic and hopeful.
The world has now spent more than half of the year enduring the stress of these trying times, yet we can still look towards the people making a difference as a means of inspiration.
There’s no doubt that the individuals selected in this article showcase a tenacity and touch of creativity that has shown the potential for greatness in their lives and for others.
They’ve used their heart and motivation to strive for change and create space for new generations to learn from them.
It is with great honor that OBVIOUS Magazine presents: The 2020 Visionaries To Watch.
20/20 Visionaries: Nicholas Alexander at The Tomorrowers.
The Tomorrowers will introduce a world of characters that haven’t been reflected well in children’s media. Explain why the stories these characters will be involved in are so important today.
A goal of mine when creating The Tomorrowers was to make the stories relatable to our younger generations and yet still provide an amazing adventure.
The stories will share important life lessons that will help open people’s minds, eyes, and hearts to understanding one another better. I wanted to share stories from different perspectives shedding light on being bullied, self-esteem, friendship, and so much more.
Do you think there should be more young storytellers like yourself? Why?
Of course, I believe there is a massive shortage of storytellers for our youth that teach life lessons. We have to show
children today that there isn’t anything they can’t do as long as they believe in themselves and stay focused. Anyone can be a “Tomorrower.”
What words of encouragement would you give to the next generation that will follow in your footsteps?
I want the next generation to know how special and consequential they all are! They can be as strong-minded, determined, and ambitious as they choose.
I want children to see themselves in these characters and their stories, no matter what you look like, so they can learn valuable lessons to help others be their greatest selves.
Embrace your imagination and let it take you wherever you want.
View the entire 20/20 Visionaries List here.