7 Soul-Feeding Podcasts for the Hustling Creative

7 Soul-Feeding Podcasts for the Hustling Creative

For a little over a year now, I’ve added podcasts to my list of go-to resources as I embark on this creative-hustler journey. I don’t know what took me so long to see the importance of these info-filled/action packed weekly episodes but I’m glad I finally came to my senses. There are a handful of podcasts that I keep in rotation that have been imperative for my creative flow and I’d be remiss if I didn’t share with my creative tribe. Some of which you may know and some of which I may be putting you on to. Either way, break out your iphone and subscribe. Tell them Alana sent you 🙂

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Side Hustle w/Soul Podcast with Dielle Charon

This podcast is hosted by Dielle Charon, a passionate business coach whose primary mission is to assist service-based entrepreneurs and coaches sign clients in their side hustles. She gives a healthy balance of guest commentary as well as provide her own insight about the ins and outs of creative entrepreneurship in 30 minutes or less. She even includes mini exercises for her listeners to become more clear in identifying the purpose behind their brands. This has quickly become a fav of mine.

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Blessed + Bossed Up w/Tatum Tamia

This podcast has truly created its own lane. There are many content creators that cater to the aspiring entrepreneur but Blessed + Bossed Up speaks to the creative with a heart for The Creator. She speaks on the importance of keeping God at the core of all decision making and as someone who began her digital content journey with a faith-based blog, this drew me back to my roots. She preaches without being preachy and her episodes are very relatable and relevant.

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The Freelance Friday Podcast w/ Latasha James

Latasha James is all things creative: a social media strategist, podcast host, youtuber and a personal branding & business coach. I enjoy her podcast for her short/sweet tips and her pragmatism. I happen to follow her on several platforms (IG: @ajourneyeast & her Facebook Group: Money Making Micro-Influencer) and she always keeps her audience engaged.

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The Dave Ramsey Show

I’m sure most of us creatives enjoy the idea of creating content as artists but we’d be lying if we said we don’t desire to make money off of our craft. If you are anything like me, you are probably turned off by the thought of all that goes into maintaining and sustaining our creative endeavors that’s NOT creative. I JUST WANNA CREATE! But if I’m trying to make some money, I need to have a practical understanding of money management in ALL areas of my life. Plus, Dave is so pragmatic with his commentary. He don’t play.

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Side Hustle Pro with Nicaila Matthews Okome

Nicaila is definitely a Boss Babe of digital content. Once I hopped on the podcast bandwagon, Side Hustle Pro was the first podcast I subscribed to. What I appreciate most about this podcast is, there are so many different guests on the show with varying backgrounds and businesses.  I may not always be privy to every industry of the side hustlers on the show or be personally interested in that industry BUT all the tips, tricks, and lessons learned within each episode are transferable for creatives within any industry. This is a great introductory podcast for new found creatives.

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She’s a Creative Podcast w/Kay H

This podcast is a new found fav. I learned about Kay via instagram and I am in love with her content. All of her content is geared towards female entrepreneurs – to help them grow and get sales on media. I find her to be very relatable and passionate about sharing her gifts and helping others tap into their own. Sis has some great content and guests on her podcast, and I’ve found myself implementing what I’ve learned into my own work.

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The Potter’s House At One LA

My brain can stay on 1000 if I allow it and I can often neglect necessary moments of silence and stillness to connect with my creator.  I appreciate this podcast for not having anything to do with my creative passions BUT feeds my spirit which in turn makes me a better creative. I love the relationship between The Robert’s and how each sermon hits on something I am either currently enduring or have of past.

I know there are several more heavy-hitting podcasts that I have yet to come across. What are you currently subscribed to? Leave suggestions in the comments below.

 

#BlackFemaleFilmmakerSeries || Briana M. Andrews

#BlackFemaleFilmmakerSeries || Briana M. Andrews

We’ve reached week 4 of the #BlackFemaleFilmmakerSeries and I hope you’ve been nothing short of inspired by reading about Brittney, Joyce, & Tirrea and their journey’s thus far.

This week, we spoke to Briana M. Andrews, a 19-year-old undergrad student and content creator from New York with wisdom and artistry beyond her years.

How long have you been in the industry and what made you want to go into this field?

February 2017 is when I officially transitioned from being a hobbyist. I’ve been in the industry a little over two years.  I was always an artist and a right-brained, visual creative. I took an interest in photography and videography during middle-school and never looked back.  I started with a standard point-and-shoot and portable HD camera. Later, I moved up to working with SLRs and cinema cameras.

Have you ever dealt with imposter syndrome in this industry? If so, how did you overcome that?

Luckily for me, no, I haven’t dealt with imposter syndrome.  I’m confident in my abilities and always eager to learn. I take constructive criticism and grow from it.  Art is highly subjective and everything is opinionated, so it’s a matter of taste and personal preference. It is important to have thick-skin, but also important not to internalize all commentary.  If you have technical proficiency and hone your craft, the confidence comes with time. For some people, actively working in a smaller market before seeking work in New York or Los Angeles helps.

What would you identify as your most successful moment up to this point in your career?

I feel like the best is yet to come, however, the creation of comedic-short, How to Watch was definitely a huge moment of pride and ultimately led to the creation of my company, BibbyFame Digital, LLC.   Up until that point, I had worked on projects as a production assistant (PA), director of photography (DP) and behind-the-scenes (BTS), but never spearheaded an original film from start to finish.  For this film, I conceptualized it, wrote it, scouted locations, created the look-book, shot-list, production book, casted it, funded it, shot it, promoted it, edited it and showcased it.  I don’t expect to be a one-woman-army, but having an idea of how things work from soup-to-nuts gives me a greater appreciation and overall understanding of each part that goes into a creative work.  It also provides me with the ability to communicate intelligibly individuals I delegate tasks to. This process gave me the confidence I needed to use my ability for practical applications. I assist businesses with visually conveying their stories.

How would you describe your artistic style?

My stories tend to feature a strong, female-lead.  Whenever possible, I love to make use of natural lighting.  I inject myself in all of my work so my style is female-centric and blends cinema with visual art and fashion.  

Do you have a film bucket list? If so, what are you still wanting to do?

Most definitely!  I have a slew of things on my film bucket list and next month, I’ll finally be able to cross one off.  I always wanted to work on a project with an all-female crew; a project where everyone from the director, to producer, to camera-operator, production assistant and behind-the-scenes … are all women.  I wanted the experience, combined with support and solidarity, to culminate in a film where we demonstrate our collective capabilities. I am the producer of a docu-series named To Each, Her Throne that will be shot in April 2019.  Working with the director and associate director has been a phenomenal experience thus far.  It will feature a talented female cast and the funding partially comes from an IndieGogo campaign.  Also, I just found out a few days ago that out of hundreds of applicants, I was selected for the New York: Women’s Weekend Film Challenge.  It’ll be shooting BTS, and our film will be screened in the Museum of Moving Image late next month. I am really excited about both opportunities.

What would you say to other Black female creatives wanting to break into the industry?

Dream, write, shoot and edit.  There are many different platforms available where you can showcase your ability, take advantage of them.  I would also tell other black, female creatives not to get preoccupied with optics. You are going to have to work with people who don’t look like you, who aren’t the same gender as you, who have a different background than you etc.  My undergrad program is being completed at Rowan University. I attended this college for the hands-on TV / Film Production and New Media program. It was important to me to select an institution where I can develop, grow and also have a solid foundation in liberal arts without going into massive debt.  That being said, the school is maybe 10-percent Black and my major seems to be around 85-percent male. I never let any of those things discourage me and thus far, my experience has been awesome. I volunteer extensively and often have the opportunity to address large audiences of Black and Hispanic students.  Sometimes, people just need to see something done to know that it can be done. Everyone loves Ava and Shondra and Issa. It wasn’t an easy road for any of them. They braved discomfort and stand as an inspiration for countless women of all races.

Why do you feel is it important to have our voices represented in this industry?

There is value in each of our experiences; women need to find our own voices, control the narrative and take ownership of our portrayal in television, film and new media.  Similarly, these industries need to tune into, and be empathetic to the needs of various audiences. The film industry cannot be a monolithic arena and expect to be relevant with diverse communities.  Film has to serve our communities, and reflect it. That is why I feel it is important to have our voices represented.

How can we find you? (website/social media handles)

My website is www.bibbyfame.com; this is the most comprehensive source and includes links to my socials.  On Instagram, my personal profile is @bibbyfame and company is @bibbyfamedigital.

Anything else you would like to share?

I’d like to thank you, Alana Marie for providing a platform for female filmmakers to express themselves and share information about each of our respective journeys.  Having the #BlackFemaleFilmmakerSeries is particularly special during Women’s History Month. I respect and appreciate your vision. Personally, I also make a point to share information and serve as a resource to other women seeking careers in the industry whenever and however I can.

#BlackFemaleFilmmakerSeries||Tirrea Billings

#BlackFemaleFilmmakerSeries||Tirrea Billings

For this week of the #BlackFemaleFilmmakerSeries, we had the opportunity to speak with Tirrea Billings, a filmmaker with a social justice niche and grad student from Michigan.

How long have you been in the industry and what made you want to go into this field?

I’ve been in this industry professionally for two years, however, my passion for film began in 2014 when I took a new media studies class my sophomore year of college. I declared the Film, Video, Media Studies major at Western Michigan University my junior year. Then, I became involved with media-related organizations on campus such as Young Broadcasters of Tomorrow and Bronco Productions. I also completed several internships during my undergrad career with organizations like the Public Media Network and ImageStream Creative Communications.

After graduating in December of 2016, I began freelancing in 2017 as a production assistant for companies like HGTV, TLC, ESPN3, and Rogan Productions. I also landed my first client, the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership, who hired me to do a promo video for their website. From there, I began getting consistent clientele mainly with companies and nonprofits rooted in social justice.

2017 paved the way and laid the foundation for the birth of my company, Reflct Media Group. Launched January of 2018, Reflct Media Group is a film and video production company that specializes in documentary-style storytelling in the areas of social justice, human rights, and the experiences of people of color. We ensure that people who are or have been marginalized have a platform to be heard, and we aim to be catalysts for change through film. Storytelling is our passion. Film is the medium.

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Have you ever dealt with imposter syndrome in this industry? If so, how did you overcome that?

I don’t think I have a psychological fear of being exposed as a fraud, per se. However, I definitely struggle with always doubting my accomplishments. I’ve just always been extremely hard on myself and never satisfied. I always need to be doing more, being better, etc. I’ve struggled with this since the beginning of time. I’ve been trying to be more intentional about patting myself on the back, taking breaks and being proud of my journey, but it’s hard.

I also think I’d be a lot happier if I moved out of Michigan. But I don’t have a rich family that can pay my rent and bills while I “figure it out.” I don’t have a crutch or a support system I can lean on. So, I have to be strategic. Great things take time I guess, but I am proud of the foundation I’ve built here and the relationships that have manifested. I know that one day, I’ll be able to fulfill my big city dreams. In the meantime, one of my mentors, Mia Henry, told me that it’s better to be a big fish in a small pond. So, I’ve been focusing on building a platform and foundation that will eventually lead me into the direction I want to go to. “You have such a strong presence here in Kalamazoo. I think you shouldn’t be so hung up on not living in a big city right now. You’re young. You have time. Bigger cities mean more competition with more people who are better than you and who have been doing this longer than you have. Grow where you are planted, perfect your craft, and the opportunities will come to you. Why move if you can work hard here until eventually, people will be paying you to go to them.” So I have been taking her advice.

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What would you identify as your most successful moment up to this point in your career?

To this day, the most successful moment I’ve had in my career is winning an award for the first documentary-short I ever created. It’s called Painting Dreams: The Story of Johnson Simon. It’s about a former Western Michigan University student who is a painter with cerebral palsy. The film documents his experience of being a college student with a disability, and how he uses art to cope with his disability. It got an honorable mention at the 2016 BEA Festival of Media Arts. To have won an award on my first piece of work meant a lot to me, and it was the affirmation I needed to know that documentary filmmaking is “my thing.”

How would you describe your artistic style?

Artistically, I’m a very minimal planner. I go into a documentary project with an idea of what I want the end result to be, but I definitely leave enough room and creative space to allow a story to tell itself. I think there’s more authenticity that way. I kind of let the story be the director, and I’m just the one that puts it all together.

Do you have a film bucket list? If so, what are you still wanting to do?

There’s SO much on my film bucket list, both with my company and as a personal filmmaker. One day, I hope my company grows to scale to where we can be the next Kartemquin Films to not only tell amazing stories (WITH funding because I’m going broke paying for everything out of pocket!) but also offer development programming for filmmakers and become advocates for documentary film. I want to create a film that wins at Sundance. I want to work on a team with Ava DuVernay (or at least meet her…she’s my idol). I want to create documentary content for HBO or Netflix. And like, I’d even be satisfied to just be nominated for an Oscar. I wouldn’t even have to win!

What would you say to other Black female creatives wanting to break into the industry?

To other Black female creatives wanting to break into the industry, figure out what exactly you want for yourself and then get to work. Don’t wait for permission, and don’t be afraid to kick down your own doors of opportunity when no one will open them for you. Network, find your support system, and seek resources that will help you get to where you want to be. There’s no right way to do it or one best path to take. You have to figure out what’s best for you. Don’t compare your journey to others and remember that slow and steady wins the race.

It’s hard being Black AND being a woman in this industry. I’ve been stereotyped many times, and I’m pretty sure I’ve been denied jobs because of it. Everyone assumes that my partner is the CEO of our company because he’s a man. When he corrects them and tells them that it’s me, they’re shocked. But, confidence is key. Once you establish that you’re the HBIC in the room, you’ll gain the respect and the opportunities that you deserve. Wear your crown, don’t be afraid to communicate what you want, never settle, and be bold because that’s what it takes to make it in this industry.

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Why do you feel is it important to have our voices represented in this industry?

It’s important to have our voices represented in this industry because everyone deserves to see (positive) representation of themselves, especially in the media and film industry. Our views and perceptions of the world are shaped by what we see, hear, and experience. The media and film industry play a huge role in that. Too often, we’re left out of our own narratives and have no control of our self-image. However, with the rise of technology and social media, it’s easier now more than ever to create and be immersed in content that is representative of our unique, lived experiences. We still have a long way to go, but I think we’re heading in the right direction and are actively fighting a system that’s been predominately white for too long. By increasing our visibility and normalizing our stories, we’re able to celebrate us and more importantly, show our children that consume what they watch on TV that we can also be superheroes, doctors, writers, activists, chefs, authors, and regular human beings, and not just the underdeveloped and stereotyped characters that have saturated the industry for too long.

How can we find you? (website/social media handles)

I’m everywhere!

Twitter, IG, Facebook: @reflctmedia (company) & @tirreab (personal)

Vimeo: vimeo.com/reflctmedia

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/reflctmedia

Web: reflctmedia.com

Anything else you would like to share?

Being a creative is hard. I often want to give up and just work a regular 9-5. There are no days off as a creative, especially as a creative entrepreneur. I go to work, come home and then do more work for my company. I am also in graduate school. I am tired all. of. the. time. But when I think about even the possibility of manifesting my wildest dreams, the work is worth it. As I said before, slow and steady wins the race, don’t compare your journey to anyone else’s, connect with other creatives, and figure out what you want for yourself and go for it. No one is stopping you but you. Appreciate your journey and trust the process. I started off with a camera, a crappy tripod and a basic microphone. Now, I have a company! So, I’d like to think that I’m doing something right. 😉

If you haven’t had a chance to read up on the other talented women in the #BlackFemaleFilmmakerSeries, get caught up on Brittney Janae’s story here and Joyce Fitzpatrick story here.

 

 

 

 

 

#BlackFemaleFilmmakerSeries || Joyce Fitzpatrick

#BlackFemaleFilmmakerSeries || Joyce Fitzpatrick

Kicking off week 2 of the #BlackFemaleFilmmakerSeries, I talked to Joyce Fitzpatrick. Joyce is a triple threat within the industry – writer, director and producer housed in Los Angeles.

How long have you been in the industry and what made you want to go into this field?

I’ve been in the industry since 1991, which is a long time.  Being from the midwest, I watched a lot of tv and movies, read tons of books and learned to play lots of instruments.  There wasn’t much to do in Indianapolis, but I truly enjoyed my childhood and teenage years growing up there. I love old movies and watched a lot of “good” tv and “bad” tv. However, I noticed there wasn’t a lot of diversity on the three big networks at the time.  Cable was just starting and I felt that one race was consistently represented in every genre but not Blacks, Hispanics, Asians or indigenous people. You’d only see us in stereotypical roles and situations, i.e. living in poverty, or as slaves, killers, butlers or maids.

I wanted to see more diversity in all genres from the pioneer days, to suburbia, to outer space, but it didn’t exist, except on Star Trek..Lol. That motivated me to want to get into telling stories about black lives that reflected various experiences and genres. That’s why I went into the film and television industry. I wanted to speak from the experiences that I knew and learned about from my life and through family and friends. I know there are so many great stories out there and I can’t wait to see more and more of them from creatives of color.

Joyce on set.

Have you ever dealt with imposter syndrome in this industry? If so, how did you overcome that?

I’ve worked for different entities with male bosses and they have often made me feel like I did not belong in the position I held.  Even though I worked very hard and often harder than my peers, and I’ve tolerated berating & condescending remarks, I stayed confident, strong and patient. To this day, I thank those individuals who tried to make me feel inadequate because they made me even more confident and stronger in my abilities than I ever thought I could be.  I’ve learned that when others try to make you feel less than, they are really feeling that way themselves and you shouldn’t let them intimidate you. That’s it!

What would you identify as your most successful moment up to this point in your career?

Wow….I’ve had a few successful moments in my career that I think about from time to time. I really can’t pinpoint just one moment, but there have been a few situations that I’ve felt blessed.  Having an audience see my work in a movie theater or on a television network was a great feeling. It feels good to know that your work has made it that far.

There is one memory that I always keep close to my heart.  It was the very first time I wrote a comedy sketch for a national television show titled, “The Newz” for UPN. This was a long time ago because UPN is now CW. Back then, I was flown out to Universal Studios to see my sketch performed live by the comedy ensemble from the show in front of a live audience.  If you google “The Cat From Hell” on the tv show the NEWZ you can watch it. It was a surreal experience and anyone reading this who is a television writer, you feel strange when a live audience is laughing at your jokes. I just stood on the sidelines near the stage and just watched the audiences responses. They laughed so much and I enjoyed it, but it felt really strange.  I think it was because this was the very first thing I EVER wrote and it made it on national television network. I can’t explain it, but that was one of my most memorable moments working in this business.

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How would you describe your artistic style?  

My artistic style when it comes to directing is about telling a good story with amazing backdrops and wardrobes, like in “Black Panther.”  Now, I do love old movies where the women are dressed to kill in amazing dresses and gowns with vivid colors aka technicolor like in the “old” days. But I also think there are amazingly talented DP’s out there who can see how to interpret my story in ways that I may not even imagine.  I also like bigger-than-life action which also involve dramatic and amazing back drops, like old sleepy towns, sweeping valley and beautiful country sides. At the end of the day, I just want to tell good, fun, scary or heartfelt stories that move people and make them think and if style plays a huge part in that, then great.

I’m not a big fan of romantic comedies, but I actually wrote one called  “African American in Paris” which was an award-winning screenplay, and it follows the “Walter Smitty” style of storytelling which involves great locations about Europe which help to tell the story.  

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Do you have a film bucket list? If so, what are you still wanting to do?

I would love to make some fun and memorable horror films and mysteries. Or even some fun comedies because I’m not too serious. I like to have fun, so if I could do lots of projects that make people scream, laugh and watch my films over and over again, I’m good.

What would you say to other Black female creatives wanting to break into the industry?

Get out and just get started.  It is such a great time in history to be black and female.  What I would like to see more of is women of color helping each other. I still see a lot of “crabs in the barrel” syndrome.  I’ve been at events, on sets with most of the stars you see today and I hate to say this, but I’ve gotten death stares from these people for no reason and particularly women.  It’s really sad. I’m not a stalker, but I see some of these actors on some of our most popular shows at film festivals, Hollywood functions, etc. and they just stare you down. Unless your Ava Duvernay or Oprah, they look at you like you shouldn’t be there, but the thing is you are, so why can’t we chat?

It’s crazy. I just keep my nose to the grindstone and keep letting my work speak for me. I also try to help other up and coming women of color in this industry, because we have all needed a helping hand at some point in our careers and why not help someone who you know is talented. Hey, if they’re more talented than you, don’t be jealous. Pull them in and maybe collaborate with them and create something wonderful!

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Why do you feel is it important to have our voices represented in this industry?

The industry needs to reflect the dollars it takes from its consumers and most of those are people of color.  We have tolerated not seeing ourselves in Hollywood for far too long and I think the timing couldn’t be better, but people have to stay on it. It’s important that if you are going to start a fight, you have to finish it and it’s a long battle.  I loved “Black Panther” and “Crazy Rich Asians” and there needs to be more of that and I hope Hollywood is watching and listening to its consumers.

How can we find you? (website/social media handles)
Websites https://www.flatcat-productions.com/
                            https://www.thecolorofmedicine.com/
                            http://www.animalcontroltv.com/

Instagram: @fitzpatrickjoyce
Twitter:  @ProducerJoyce
Facebook pages 

Anything else you would like to share?

I think it’s great to share our experiences that include the good and the bad because this Hollywood life isn’t all “Glitz” and “Glamour.” It’s a business and a harsh one at that, and people need to know about it.  It will eat you up and spit you out if you aren’t grounded. I think the “Me too” movement is showing us that. But, it is still one of the most attractive careers out there. It has it’s attraction, but it can bite too.    

#BlackFemaleFilmmakersSeries || Brittney Janae

#BlackFemaleFilmmakersSeries || Brittney Janae

The month of March is Women’s History Month and to celebrate, I have chosen to highlight Black Female Filmmakers in the media industry. Unfortunately, we are still working to break down barriers within the industry to have our voices, craft, and artistry represented equally and equitably amongst our non-Black, non-female peers.

To kick off this series, I’ve had the pleasure of sitting down and speaking with Brittney Janae, a Cali creative with midwestern roots on her journey in the industry thus far, and tips/tricks for other aspiring Black female filmmakers.

How long have you been in the industry and what made you want to go into this field?

I’ve been in the industry professionally for about 5 years. After I moved to LA and made my first check as an editor is when I could say, “I’m a professional.” I got into it because I loved it! I had been shooting photography and started developing a creative eye visually since college. I’ve always been a creative, but it was finding that “thing” that was for me. I fell in love with the camera once I saw how I could show life through my lens in a visually stunning way. And with video, it was like ‘oh photo is already amazing so now I can have those frames and memories and art last longer.’ I love it!

Have you ever dealt with imposter syndrome in this industry? If so, how did you overcome that?

Of course! When I first started off I felt like I wasn’t good enough. Even when I had people telling me I was good, I always felt that I wasn’t because I didn’t go to school for this and I didn’t have the learned techniques. I thought being self taught could only get me so far. I would see other videos and photos and feel inadequate. That people would find out I was going on YouTube to learn! I also use to say I knew I could do it and just learn after. But I learned how to overcome by staying a student in my craft! I knew I had it in me but that comparison game was strong. Once I stop comparing my walk with others it helped me out a lot. I went through a lot of hardships when I moved to LA, which only confirmed that I was doing exactly what the Lord intended for me. So I believed in myself more! ” I continued to learn knowing that this is my purpose! I won’t be one of the greats but I would have fulfilled a purpose!

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What would you identify as your most successful moment up to this point in your career?

My most successful moment up to this point in my career was when I decided to go full freelance. It was liberating! It made me trust in myself more, grind more, and have more faith! I didn’t have that crutch to fall on. It was “Do you believe that God will prosper you on His own in what He’s called you to do?” It was scary, but when I look back, it was the best decision I ever made! It allowed me time to develop my gift and to identify what God was doing in my life and be able to wholeheartedly seek it!

How would you describe your artistic style?

My artistic style is very clean. I like focusing on the individual and the stories I tell rather than the effects. I love negative space. I just like for it to look clean but creative. My style is also very commercial. I’m not into music videos so it’s a mixture of film and commercial if that makes sense.

Do you have a film bucket list?

I want to make dope travel videos, I want to shoot at least 1 short film in my time and I would love to win an Emmy.

What would you say to other Black female creatives wanting to break into the industry?

Hmmm.. there is a lot to say but first to just develop their style. Don’t worry about what anyone else is doing. Not to follow the trends but to learn what makes them unique. Find their niche and run with it! Also, not to compare themselves! Everyone had to start somewhere!

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Why do you feel is it important to have our voices represented in this industry?

I feel it’s important to have our voices represented because it’s real. You can’t tell stories without Black women. Black women have been creating forever! It’s in our blood so to tell stories without our perspective would be false representation of life! Without our creativity, life would be so bland. Don’t take everything about who we are and what we create but silence us at the same time. It’s time for Black women to speak for themselves whether it’s through film, art, or business.

How can we find you? (website/social media handles)

You can find me on Instagram at @Brittney.janae, and Facebook Brittney Janae and youtube www.youtube.com/brittneyjanae

How my “9 to 5” helps boost my “5 to 12”

How my “9 to 5” helps boost my “5 to 12”

Over the past couple of years, the culture has definitely shifted from going to school to get a good 9 to 5 job and ultimately working for someone else to “F the man – I’m working for myself.” There has even been a surplus of FB groups dedicated to encouraging people to quit their day jobs (with a plan in place of course) and fully invest their time (and resources) into their own entrepreneurial endeavors. I agree with some of these sentiments as I’m even in the process of working on my own creative gigs that I hope to turn into my full-time profession, but I can’t dismiss what I’ve gained from working my 9 to 5 that aids in the current success of my entrepreneurial endeavors.

I know it can be hard to shift your brain throughout the day from full-time work to entrepreneur work but as the saying goes, perception is reality. If you perceive your 9 to 5 to be nothing but a distraction and barrier to your 5 to 12, that is exactly how it is going to feel when you approach the latter part of your day. If you perceive your 9 to 5 to be a stepping stone, you will find that it can help boost your daily flow.

Below are 4 ways that my 9 to 5 help boost my creativity and pour into my entrepreneurial endeavors.

Administrative

For those who may not know, I am immersing myself in the world of filmmaking and currently in mid-production of my first feature film, The Kinloch Doc (view teaser here). Because this is a new endeavor, I can’t even express how challenging (yet rewarding) it has been to manage all that encompasses creating a film…..with a day job…..and a kid….and a fiance…..and etc. My current role is an Administrative Coordinator for a college access program so 95% of my job is to take care of logistical tasks from behind the scenes and make sure everything is in order – emphasis on order. Filmmaking requires a lot of pre-planning and order from scheduling interviews, renting equipment, conducting interviews, editing projects on a deadline, etc. My administrative coordinator role enhances that skillset so I’m more than prepared during production.

Discipline

I don’t know about you, but I don’t trust myself to work for myself 100% at this point in my life. My level of discipline is not where it needs to be. Like, if God said “Alana, quit your job and go work for yourself” I’d probably say, “Wait, I aint ready yet.” It’s something about a pre-established schedule and expectations set for me that helps make my job a little easier. Maybe because I’ve been conditioned to learn and work that way all my life so approaching anything new so abruptly would cause more anxiety than excitement. However, I am taking this time to translate my work discipline into my creativity: setting my own deadlines and following them, seeking out people to hold me accountable, task follow through and completion, etc.

Efficiency

Because I am looking forward to working on my own projects when I clock out, it helps me approach my work tasks with more dedication, discipline, and efficiency. Ultimately, I want to get all of my necessary tasks out of the way so I can start working on what I really want to work on. Consider it rewarding yourself for a job well done.

Finance

Self explanatory. For me (and in general), making a film is EXPENSIVE and contingent upon how much money I have available at any point in time, that will dictate my production timeline. You need a steady flow of income that will help fund your other endeavors until those endeavors can consistently fund themselves. I try to treat my film like its own bill and have a completely separate bank account with another institution that I only use for my film and any film related expenses.

 

I know many of us are counting down the days, hours, and minutes to where we can ultimately be our own boss but until that day comes, find value and contentment where you currently are. I’m fortunate enough to have a job that I enjoy and colleagues that I loooooove working with, AND they also understand and support the fact that this job is only temporary for me. I know that is not a reality for everyone. However, there is reasoning and purpose for the now and with a few minutes of self-reflection and introspection, there are several things we can pull away from our 9 to 5 that will enhance our 5 to 12.

Make it work for YOU.

-iAM