Local Artist Shares his Talent with Brooklyn Park
A passion for the arts plus the ability to create stories is how Darion Harding gives back to his community. Just a few years ago, Darion didn’t know what he wanted to do. He decided to go back to school and it inspired him to channel his creativity.
From screenplays to children’s books, Darion has written stories that express what “everyday people” experience. In one of his latest books, Can Henry Make It?, Harding writes about a bird that can’t fly. “The story is about reaching goals regardless of what challenges are out there.” Harding is also the author of Henry’s Best Christmas. He hopes to build his children’s book collection, inspiring young children to learn from the small messages in his works.
When he’s not talking about Henry the bird, Harding is addressing issues that affect the community through his screenplays. His recent play, The Other Me, addresses a major issue happening in communities around the world—domestic violence. “I wrote this play because I wanted to see how people would respond to it. It will trigger emotions of this taboo subject,” Harding says. “Viewers can expect to be on the edge of their seat.”
Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, Harding grew up in the area and received his Associates Degree at North Hennepin Community College (NHCC), where he was the recipient of the Minnesota Campus Compact Student Leadership award and the North Hennepin Student Life Excellence Award. Harding started writing about four years ago but admitted he did not always know what he wanted to do with his life.
“I felt like I was going in circles a few years ago. I knew I wanted to serve a purpose, and school gave me that purpose,” he says. “North Hennepin helped me find out what I wanted to do. “I started out part-time, just getting by.” My counselor, Sean Davis, gave me a restart button and it was my chance to start over.”
As doors opened for Harding, he found his true niche. Nowadays, you can catch Harding stage directing plays like, Avenue Q, the hit Broadway production performed by NHCC students. He also enjoys writing and performing poetry and spoken word. In the future, Harding wants to move to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film and television production. “It’s my drive that helps me, and I am a self-motivator. Facing challenges and succeeding is the reason I do what I do.”
Harding’s work can be found at area Barnes & Noble bookstores.