We had the good fortune of connecting with Princess Miller, MSEB and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Princess, why did you pursue a creative career?
Church is how I got started in my creative career. My pastor told me at the age of 19 that he wanted to start a TV broadcast and Radio show and he wanted me to be the head of the TV ministry and the voice of the radio show. I was terrified… I didn’t want to let the ministry down. At the time I was studying broadcast journalism at the University of South Alabama. So I took on more production classes with my core classes so when my church was ready for radio and TV I knew what to do. So fast forward a year later I went to WLVV 1410AM with my pastor to do the voice over for our 1st radio broadcast and was offered a job as on air talent. A few years later I was the head of the television ministry. It was challenging but I learned about working with clients, the importance of making deadlines and so much more that prepared me to do what I am doing now. Today I am the owner and creative sage of Princess Creative Productions LLC, a black owned creative agency in Mobile, Alabama. My company offers over 20 different services ranging from video production, photography, graphic design, and websites. We have service over 200 clients in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. So I guess you can say the desire to represent my church with the upmost professionalism and production knowledge as it relates to TV and Radio is what caused me to pursue my creative career. When I finished school I learned I loved working behind the scenes more than in front of the camera, although I am not afraid of a stage, a mic, or a camera. I am not afraid to walk in my purpose and my purpose is all of it.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Princess Creative Productions is the first black owned creative production company in Mobile, AL. We offer video production, photography, graphic design, and websites. I launched my business in 2008 as Royal Productions which offered video editing and TV Production Training to churches along the Gulf Coast. I changed the name to Princess Video Productions in 2012. At the time I had acquired my company’s first camera, lights, editing software and microphones. So we started offering video production, photography, and graphic design services. We also opened our first office. As we continued to grow in services and equipment I changed the name of the business to Princess Creative Productions LLC in 2016 to reflect where the brand was headed, a full service creative agency. Today we offer almost everything under Video Production (green screen shoots, on-location shoots, TV commercials, live event shooting, documentaries, actor audition services, and more) Photography (products, food, family, headshots, and event photography), Graphic Design Services and Printing (Logos, Flyers, Banners, T-shirts, trifolds, brochures, and more), Websites (landing pages, business websites, music artists/actors website design and management (landing pages), and ecommerce websites.) We also offer Marketing Services, and Social Media Management. I know its cliche` but I believe what sets me apart from my competition is the fact that I am a one stop shop… I often say Princess Creative Productions is a place where dreams flourish regardless of your bottom-line. I love to see businesses grow and exceed their expectations. And I offer an atmosphere that is conducive for creativity.

How did you get to where you are today business-wise. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges?
It was not hard to start and grow my business but most of my battles were of the mind. Having to believe in myself and this dream when others were saying it was wasn’t a good business model or it would not last long. I watched inspirational videos to keep me going. Yes I lost many nights of sleep working this dream but I knew I wanted to build a legacy I could leave my kids. My teenagers grew up in this business. I remember editing holding my daughter in my arms and son, who was a toddler, became fascinated with the red light on the surge protector and thought it was fun to press it and turn the surge protector off and shut the computer down I was editing on and I would have to start all over. Today they work with me in business and have even launched their own businesses.

What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way.
I have learned to change the narrative. When I started this business I was the only black female producer that I knew of in my area. I remember when I was at OnMedia, some white business owners didn’t want to work with me. Some clients would ask about my experience and educational background before they would work with me. But little did they know they fueled my fire. Now I can go into any boardroom, conference room, or meeting and speak confidently about who I am or what I have accomplished because I changed the narrative. I also learned to never stop growing. Stay abreast of the latest trends and technological advances so I can remain competitive and relevant in the marketplace.

What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
Well you may not have heard of me or Princess Creative Productions, but you may been on a website I created, an app I developed, attended an event I helped promote or worked, saw a video I produced online or on television, heard a radio ad I either voiced or produced, you may have even been scrolling through the pages of a magazine and saw an I ad I created or drove past a billboard I created and had no idea it was my work. My work is all over my city and it’s growing nationally.

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?
Well its funny you asked this question… I tend to work a lot so when I am not working I am spending time with my family. My kids are almost grown so I try to be present with them for their sporting events and their business gigs. My kids have their own businesses. I also try to squeeze in as many date nights with my husband as possible (due to our work schedules).

But let’s see… we would checkout a cool karaoke spot and that’s where we would eat. I don’t do alcohol but I do love a good Ginger Beer so I guess we would checkout BJ’s Restaurant. And I don’t really hang out unless you count the movies or a good stage play as hanging out. Downtown Mobile is the spot for live entertainment, the beaches at Gulf Shores or Orange Beach have some beautiful condos with awesome views, the Tanger Outlet in Foley for Shopping, and for relaxation… I would say do a spa day at the Battlehouse Hotel in downtown Mobile.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
In my journey many people have been an influence at multiple points in my career. I looked up to Oprah Winfrey because she went from being a journalist to hosting her very own TV show then owning a production company and now a Television Network and so much more. I follow the career of Mr. Tyler Perry. Mr. Perry’s ability to dream big, set goals, and put a plan in place to make it happen has inspired me in so many ways. His talks and posts online have fueled my passion. In grad school I wrote so many papers about Mr. Perry. I can’t forget about Bishop Leonard Scott the founder of Tyscot Records, Dentist, and Pastor. I’ll never forget when I was thinking of starting Gospel Hits 1 TV Show. I wrote him a letter and didn’t know if he had received it or would even read it much less… he took time out of his busy schedule to call me and his company sent videos and cds to me to get my show started. Bishop Scott answered all of my questions that evening and spoke words of encouragement that helped me move forward in my endeavor. Our little show grew from playing once a week on Comcast Cable to playing multiple times a week on Mediacom, Youtube, and on our website at the time. We began interviewing local and national recording gospel music artists. I miss the show but I decided to put the show on pause to go back to school and pursue my Master’s degree in Entertainment Business from Full Sail University. And last but not least thank you to OnMedia. This company gave me my first opportunity as a TV Producer. I learned so much from my time there that helped me when I launched my business.

Website: https://www.princesscreativeproductions.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/princessvideoproductions/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/princess-creative-productions/?viewAsMember=true

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/princessvideoproductions

Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/princess-creative-productions-mobile

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/Princessvideoprod/videos

Image Credits
BTS Photos- Kayla Miller Office Shots- Rawmon King, King Photography

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