We had the good fortune of connecting with Brandi Reed and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brandi, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Life is all about taking risk. You have to take risk and sometimes even step outside of your comfort zone to achieve your goals. Regardless of the outcome, you learn from it and move forward. I feel like my entire career I’ve taken a lot of risk, the biggest, leaving a corporate job to start my own company from the ground up. I didn’t know what was going to happen but I was willing to take that chance to be self employed. A lot of people doubted me, but that was only motivation to show them better than I could tell them.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Something I’m most proud of about my craft is my filmmaking style. I love to create short pieces that tells a story about a brand or a person. I also love to use colors as a way to make certain elements within a story pop. I was able to get to where I am today professionally by just taking a chance on myslef. I had a good job making decent money, but I wasn’t happy. I felt boxed in and going through the motions. I bought a camera off Amazon and was determined to master it. I replaced watching cable tv with Youtube videos on the art of film & cinematography. I’ll never encourage anyone not to go to college if presented the opportunity. College set the foundation for my life, but we live in a world today where you can be anything you want as long as you have internet. I didn’t go to film school, my degree has absolutely nothing to do with film, but my willingness to learn and be open minded has allowed me to come this far.
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.
Chicago has so much to offer, the biggest being food. I love soul food and bar food. My favorite restaurants are Soulé and Kuma’s. Soulé has some of the best jerked chicken & mac in the city, and Kuma’s has the biggest burgers I’ve ever seen. If you’re in the mood for some good drinks, I also recommend Caesars Margarita’s, you won’t be disappointed.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
First, I want to give a shoutout to my parents. They are my biggest cheerleaders. Nobody roots harder for my success than them. Knowing that motivates me to keep going. Shoutout to one of my good friends, Rodney and his nonprofit orginization Pep Rally Takeover. Working with both helped me grow as a filmmaker and grow a passion for creative storytelling. Last, my best friend Lisa. One of the most thoughtful and kind hearted people I know. She’s always been there for me and supported me through every step of my journey.
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