Junior Edwards – ‘My child turned my life around’
THIRTY-YEAR-OLD Junior Edwards refers to himself as a 'self-taught' man. He makes no bones about the mistakes he has made in his life, but the one thing he is giving thanks for is being the father of his son - now four years old - as that, he said, has kept him on the straight and narrow.
"If I didn't have my son, I probably would have turned to crime," he told Family and Religion.
Edwards, who is now a "jack of all trades", is involved in construction work, makes blocks, work in a restaurant, sings, deejays and has just released his fifth movie titled Buy Election.
A member also of the Clarendon Chamber of Commerce, Edwards said his life started to turn around after he was sent to jail at age 17.
"I was given community service," said Edwards, who was born and raised in Spanish Town.
The Ensom City Primary and Junior High past student said at age 12, he was hustling and sending himself to school as his mother never really had the financial strength.
By age 14, he dropped out of school and took his hustling on the streets.
All that came crashing down when he was arrested and given 240 hours of community service which took him to Clarendon and with it came the chance to turn his life around.
"I put my all in it (community service) like I was getting paid!" he recounted with a smile.
His probation officer was quite impressed and by the time his compulsory hours were finished, Edwards had a job at the examination depot.
From there, Edwards soon turned his attention to construction.
A chance video-recording of his son's activities had Edwards turning his attention to movie making.
"I made a tripod-quality music video with my son when he was two years old. I started filming it and realised it was like a 'little show'. Starting out with an LG phone, he shot his first movie Killing Streets, one which depicted crime in May Pen's hotspots.
His cellphone, which is now upgraded to HTC and one he said gives higher quality production, has churned out movies such as Duppy Gun 1 & 2, At the Bar and now his latest, Buy Election.
Buy Election is his portrayal of how corrupt the election system can be.
"I want people to be more mindful and stop the
foolish war over politics. We should all come together as one," he said about the movie, which he hopes will premiere soon in May Pen.
Looking ahead, Edwards said, right now, his goal is to continue to produce good movies, get ahead in his music career, and he looks towards being the "next Steven Spielberg or Chris Blackwell".