We had the good fortune of connecting with Danny Bevins and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Danny, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Vibe City Entertainment LLC was created by Atlanta performing artist couple Danny Bevins and Monica Garcia Bradley, along with their business partner and graphic designer, Neil Jay Shastri, to raise the quality assurance in both consultation, creation, and execution for multi media type and live productions. The intention was to generate an excellent quality product along with a positive ‘good vibes’ atmosphere. With combined experience of Broadway, Off Broadway, Network Television, Feature Films, IMDB producer experience, concert dance, top regional music theatre performances, and thousands of streams from online music projects, Vibe City Entertainment LLC knew their music eclectic experience was highly valuable and necessary for the supply and demand of work in the ATL market. VCE is also diverse in that it’s one of the few if not only production companies co owned by a Native American song and dance man (Danny Bevins), a Spanish American actress and IMDB producer (Monica Garcia Bradley), and an Indian American graphic designer and artist (Neil Jay Shastri). Born and raised in Decatur, GA, Danny Bevins returned to Atlanta from NYC with partner Monica Garcia Bradley in 2018. Danny and Monica now consistently work as talent in the Atlanta entertainment industry in television, film, and stage. Monica and Danny are both repped by Houghton Talent (ATL) and DGRW Inc (NYC).
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
As an adopted Native American, raised by lesbian women, Danny Bevins was always aware of his unique perspective in life. As a natural creative, Danny merged multiple forms of performing arts like dance, acting, and music to create his various projects. Danny is a member of the Lake Traverse Reservation and stays in touch with his biological Sioux family, but was raised here in Decatur, GA. He trained at venues like Decatur School of Ballet, Alvin Ailey, and Interlochen Center for the Arts, and received a Summa Cum Laude degree in Music Theatre from Elon University. He then worked at top venues like Papermill Playhouse, The Muny (where he met future business partner Neil Jay Shastri) and Out of the Box Theatrics (off Broadway). This was also while he was making music in the underground hip hop theatre scene birthed after Hamilton. Throughout the last 4 years, Danny has released 34 original songs, streaming on all DSPs, using melody and verse to tell his story and best capture his experience and feelings: The Why Not Mixtape, The Why Not Mixtape 2, The Why Not Mixtape 3. He now co owns and runs Vibe City Entertainment LLC, where Danny is working on New Phases Dance Film, featuring 60 dancers with choreography soundtracked by his mixtape series, and a documentary featuring volunteers of Toco Hills Community Alliance, a local food pantry. The best lesson Danny learned was to work on what he was innately passionate about because the result was always pure and effective. Monica’s path to success was anything but easy. Monica grew up in a lower middle class family in Houston, Texas where performance art was a competitive passion among high school students. As grateful as she is to have come from a city with prestigious training and opportunities, it came with a price of many telling her it wasn’t going to happen. In fact, many told her to find another career path, but thankfully her immediate family encouraged her to follow her passion and provided support along the way. Since then, Monica has been in multiple network television shows, feature films and commercials, as well as continued an exciting theatre career. Some of her most known work are Killer Unicorn (LGBTQ horror romcom) Tyler Perry’s Sistas (recurring as Alicia Horace) and The Resident (Guest starring as Riley Jackson). In addition to her IMBD acting credits, Monica has produced projects such as music videos and sketches, and is now the Associate Producer of two feature films she performed in, released later this year. Monica now co owns and runs Vibe City Entertainment LLC working on multiple media projects. Monica hopes her journey encourages others to overcome their obstacles, and knows anything is possible for anyone willing to work hard and stay true to themselves, their vision and their craft.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Under normal circumstances, here are our favorite places to take people when they visit. Most of the spots are in Decatur where we live and work. Stone Mountain Park-We love the outdoors and outdoor activity, including hiking, kayaking, and camping, all of which we do at Stone Mountain. We have an annual pass, and especially during the summer we go camping and kayaking where we make important life and business decisions. The sites are serene, and it’s a great place to bond with visiting loved ones. Decatur Square is a great place to start, if you’re looking to eat, drink, or see some history. As a Decatur native, Danny has many memories going to the Decatur Beach Party and eating and drinking at most restaurants there. Here are some of our favorites. Grindhouse Killer Burgers, the Decatur location, is a spot we love and bring many friends to. There’s a second floor outdoor area that’s heated, with tvs dedicated to live sports and 1980s films. There’s great food, service, and affordable cocktails or shakes. Fun place for lunch or dinner. Brickstore Pub-Also located in Decatur with outdoor seating, has a huge European beer collection and great vibes. Wild Heaven Brewery is another favorite place to grab some beers, including gluten free options. There is almost only outdoor seating, with lots of parking and awesome outdoor vibes. The Alliance Theatre-We love seeing live shows when we’re not performing in them, and really enjoyed seeing the new work coming out of the Alliance. Many of our friends have performed at the Alliance and loved the experience. The High Museum of Art-As performing artists, Monica and I are often inspired by visual art, both classic and contemporary. We love seeing new exhibits at the High and would happily bring along any visiting friends. Callanwolde Fine Arts Center and Decatur School of Ballet are historical dance and performing arts institutions, and we’re gratefully on faculty at both places. We love bringing our friends and family to see the studios and space and remind them of the importance of performing arts in society and culture. We love Decatur and metro Atlanta and really look forward to attending all the things when this pandemic is over. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
We have to give a big shoutout to Toco Hills Community Alliance, a non profit food bank located in Toco Hills here in Atlanta. THCA is mostly volunteer based, and when we first moved to Atlanta, it was a place that helped us get on our feet, save money on groceries, cosmetics, and clothes, and in general, supported of our careers and success. We volunteer and work at THCA regularly, and continue to be grateful for the guidance, support, and community. If you’re reading this and looking for a way to give back, THCA is a place to either volunteer your time or money. It served 70,000 people and a million lbs of food last year alone. 404-325-0677 tocohillsalliance.org
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