We had the good fortune of connecting with B Writes and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi B, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
Once I discovered that storytelling was not a hobby, but it’s my assignment, my life changed. Although there are days when juggling so many tasks can get overwhelming, I still feel like those are good problems to have. Giving up is just not an option for me. Every writer-producer have those days when they’re ready to throw in the towel. On those days, I step away, refocus, recharge, and get back to it.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Professionally, I’m a Compliance Manager in the financial industry by day, and a creative, writer, and producer by night. However, there are times when I have to balance all four simultaneously! The skills that I carried over from my financial background helps me in the production realm. Management, leadership, organization, finances, compliance, and being analytical are all traits needed for any business to be successful. So juggling two different industries can get hectic, but all in all it’s really the same skillset. The hardest part is time management. For me, “Booked and Busy” isn’t just a catch phrase, it’s a lifestyle. A lot of people feel that in order to chase your dreams, you have to quit your 9-5. To many, that’s the only way. But for me, being financially stable is a priority. If my finances aren’t in order, I go into a creative block. So for now, I will continue to chase my dreams while being my own financial investor. I’m confident that the time will come for me to comfortably walk away from the “golden handcuffs” as some call it, but I want people to know that you can do it all with a lot of discipline, dedication, and a few bottles of your favorite wine!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
My best friend actually lives in Atlanta. So you can catch us at your local rooftop sharing a seafood spread. When my family come in town, we frequent breakfast and brunch restaurants. Atlanta has so many places to explore so it really just depends on my mood at the time. My hangout spots can literally range from
Shops of Buckhead to a whole in the wall that has some of the best food in the city. (If you know you know) Also, what girl doesn’t live for an Instagram ready cocktail!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
First and foremost, God for gifting me a talent that I know only He can give. My family for being my biggest support system, and coming from a bloodline filled with go-getters and relentlessness. My friends for giving me a lot of material just based on our frequent conversations. At any moment they will call and say, “Put this in a script.” And of course the cast and crew of “No Cap” for making my first independent production go beyond my expectations. They will always be my first loves of films. Starting out, I had very little knowledge about the technicalities of production. Shaquayla Mims (Director) and Nina Stakz (Director of Photography) literally took me under their wings and gave me a crash course about any and everything you can think of. We spent many days and nights discussing what would be best for my series, all while they were working on their own projects. Two comedic powerhouses, Comedian Tony Tone and Comedian Cocoa Brown took a chance on me, and made time to shoot scenes between their touring dates. Both of them were also filming multiple TV shows at the time. The advice that Cocoa gave me while on set has helped me navigate with my up and coming projects, and she has made it clear that she is always just one phone call away. Since the completion No Cap trilogy, I have crossed paths with some amazing women who have assisted me with elevating my craft from writing, pitching, and producing. Two of those women are Tamra Simmons (TV Executive Producer). and Ty Johnston (TV Producer and Restauranteur). Tamra recently assisted me with making a decision that could have costed me a lot of money, and potentially ownership of some of my content. She is definitely someone that inspires me, and I’m grateful that she saw my talent so early in my journey. Her accomplishments are top tier, but her willingness to help other filmmakers is what sets her apart from a lot of other producers. Ty Johnston, I call her the female version of Clarence Avant lol. She is literally “The Plug.” My experiences with her have been nothing short of amazing! She encourages me to heighten my thought process of film, assist me with creative development, and after every call with her I learn something that will stick with me a lifetime. I really can’t say Thank You enough to everyone that has supported me in all forms!
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