We had the good fortune of connecting with Anais Tomlinson-Grant and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Anais, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Often in the life of a creator, we are faced with walls that seem too tall to face. We don’t fit in, we don’t fit out, and we feel unfit to explore otherwise. We were able to see that these social constructs are the foundational blocks of something new, fresh, and innovative. That pressure pushed me into combining forces with a creative soulmate, Cleavon Meabon, IV, towards a common goal, Audible Orgy, our first podcast. I have an extensive background in production coordination, casting, and what I like to call “foreman” work. Those skills paired well with Cleavon’s entrepreneurial prowess. He has produced and curated original content for over a decade in various mediums of entertainment including: theatre, film, radio, and television. Together, we launched my film production company McHyacinth Productions, LLC, named after my mother Valerie Grant and Cleavisions Multi-Medium Platform, LLC. I serve as the Founder & CEO of McHyacinth and the Chief Operations Officer (COO) of Cleavisions. The two entities may seem similar, but they operate parallel to the needs of our clients, projects, and productions. Simply put the thought process was Nike, “just do it.”

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
McHyacinth Productions, LLC is focused on amplifying the voice of the unheard and unnoticed. We produce audio productions, documentaries, and short/full feature films. Cleavisions Multi-Medium Platform, LLC engineers visibility. We are production managers, original content curators, and campaign creators. Anyone would tell you that a career in entertainment is no easy walk in the park. I have worked and interned for several companies from independent endeavors to large production companies. The work is tedious and challenging. I am able to overcome through my passion, amplifying the voice of the unheard and unnoticed. You have to create with the knowledge of creating something bigger than you. For me, that is the wealth and sustainability of my family that has supported me through the years. I’d like people to acknowledge the importance of pacing and practicality. This is an exciting field of work, but it is also full of blindspots and lessons, some of which you will not see until class is over. The way to graduate and level up is to pay attention and accept that each lesson is an opportunity to grow and expand your reach.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I am not the most social person. I am happiest in the confines of my home with my father and my sister. We enjoy hikes, movies, dinner time, and a good ole’ Rihanna anything.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to shout out the three people that made this vision move forward, Cleavon Meabon, IV, Shotzie Cado, Eric Wright, and last, but not least, Allison Tomlinson-Grant, my big sister. We all began meeting regularly at the top of the year to tackle Audible Orgy and God were we in for a ride. Through the ups, downs, third-wheels, and tough decisions, we made it!

Website: www.cleavisions.com
Instagram: www.instagram.com/audibleorgy
Facebook: www.facebook.com/audibleo
Youtube: www.youtube.com/cleavisions
Other: www.anchor.fm/audibleorgy

Image Credits
Photographer | Cleavon Meabon, IV 2020 Cleavisions Multi-Medium Platform, LLC | All Rights Reserved

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