If you are a Black creative, then chances are you’ll have to work twice as hard to get your work out there. Luckily, there are some ways to help you stand out in creative industries. To get you started, here are some tips on how to make impactful moves within these industries.
How to not be an “angry black person” in the creative/film industry? - (14:06)
Let me drop some wisdom said by Deondra: Sometimes, it’s easy to get pushed around in certain industries. This is especially true for black first-gen creatives since we want to express our emotions all the time. Until you can get to higher positions, you’re going to have to keep your emotions in check and remain professional at all times.
Advice for young and black filmmakers/creatives? - (15:52)
If you’re a creative, listen up! Before you can make it, you must define your tribe of people that will stand by you. You can’t juggle everything at once because you will eventually become drained physically and mentally. Having these relationships with your tribe will solidify your spot in the creative industry and make the process much smoother.
How to find the funds as a black creative? - (17:25)
When you have a dream, finances will NOT be your roadblock! First, you must be willing to make sacrifices before you can fund your passion. Then, you’ll have to save your money, making loans your last resort! Self-advocacy is also needed to help raise funds for your dream.
Final thoughts to keep in mind? - (22:52)
If you’re a creative, keep this in mind: When you have a passion, you must keep going no matter what! If you stick with your tribe and continue to work towards your passion, then everything will work in your favor.
Deondra J. Edwards (born November 13, 1990), is a filmmaker from St. Louis, Missouri that strives to tell stories that has subliminal messages, comedic elements, and of overall substance. He is the creator, director, and screenwriter for the proof of concept pilot, '#JustBlack' that is currently streaming on YouTube. If he could describe himself, it would be 'integrity, unpredictability, a quiet storm, an in depth thinker, and persistent'. Deondra is a proud graduate of the greatest HBCU in existence, Virginia State University... and it's not even close!
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Do you ever feel like it’s difficult being a person trying to make an impact in this world? Don’t, because there’s no better time to advocate for change than now. Here's how you and other institutions can start that change today.
How to encourage the thought process of students for driving change on campuses? - (6:25)
Let’s get one thing straight: Students are beginning to feel like their voices are not being heard. How can institutions and non-profits solve this issue? Only by building a platform that displays the students’ power and allows them to speak about their concerns on campus freely.
Why should first-generation students share their narratives? - (15:08)
Ready for another mind-boggling idea? Sharing your narrative as a first-generation student will open more doors than you think. This is an essential action that students can do to help people understand their purpose. It's also crucial in developing effective student advocacy and support on campuses and throughout life.
How can running a nonprofit organization bring forth change for first-generation students? - (21:30)
If you're someone who thinks that nonprofit work is easy, then I’m sorry to burst your bubble! It's especially tricky for diverse groups to break into the industry. They have to be able to show that their cause is a pressing issue to investors who may not see the purpose.
Advice for first-generation students looking to make a difference through nonprofit work and beyond? - (29:15)
For any first-generation student trying to make a difference, remember to take pride in your status! Being a first-generation student is a fantastic title to have since it shows that you have overcome many obstacles to get to where you are now. Embrace your title and tackle life like a boss.
Chris Sinclair is the Executive Director of External Affairs for FLIP National, a national non-profit organization that does advocacy work on behalf of first-generation and/or low-income (FGLI) college students at colleges & universities across the country. Chris is a recent graduate of the School of General Studies at Columbia University. Chris is a founding member of FLIP at Columbia, served as its first GS Representative, was a co-chair of FLIP at Columbia’s Food Insecurity Committee, and played an integral role in the launch & success of several initiatives such as CU Meal Share, CU Food Bank, Share Meals & the Textbook Lending Library.
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Is there such a thing as being too prepared? I hope not. In effort to continue to help you prepare for what's to come next in your life professionally, I thought it would be ideal to share with you this very timeless throwback with Chandria Harris. In this session, we touched on strategies to help first-generation college graduates to be successful in corporate America. Many of the things that we talk about are some of the unspoken rules of being a professional. After all, there is always a “code,” and if you don't know better you simply can’t do better.
Chandria Harris is a Global Career Development Consultant and Certified Career Services Provider who has served in roles both at Fortune 500 companies and in higher education. She is a minority, and first-generation college graduate with over 5 years of experience in recruitment and training and development. Chandria holds a Masters Degree in Counseling/Psychology from the University of West Alabama and a Bachelors of Science in Social Science from Mississippi University for Women. She also holds an Associate Degree from Meridian Community College. She is a Certified Resume Writer, Certified Career Services Provider and Global Career Development Facilitator. Recently recognized as Nashville 100's Top HR Training and Development Professionals, and featured in several magazines (Rollingout, Black Enterprise, Madame CJ Walker's Legacy Foundation) for her relevant career insight and advice, Mrs. Chandria Harris is committed to helping young professionals understand who they are and how they can impact their lives and the world.
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First comes the degree, then comes the J-O-B. How are you feeling about it? Do you feel like you’ve got the keys to success? Be it that you’re going into the workforce for the first-time, or using that graduate degree to move on up, this show is for you. In this session, Kimberly Barrett, shares with us how to level up professionally by networking and utilizing our resources in the workplace.
Kimberly Barrett is a native of New Jersey and is a first-generation professional. Kim is a proud alum of Montclair State University (BS, 2011), The George Washington University (MPS, 2013), and Pepperdine University (MBA, 2019). Kim has also proudly served her country in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and was ordered to active duty during Operation Desert Shield/Storm (1991-1992). She currently works at a global law firm where she has worked her way up from an entry-level position to a global leadership role.