We had the good fortune of connecting with Travon Bracey and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Travon, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I was always in tune with my creativity but never knew I could get into it professionally. When I started my career at 15 in journalism, never in my mind did I think I could go directly into the arts but as time past, eventually, I pursued photography which then leads to me having an interest in pursuing creatively in several positions of the fashion, art and entertainment industries. By 17, I got involved in a fashion journalism project and that’s what made me go into the fashion world. With time, I wanted to test my talents in other areas such as creative directing, styling, cinematography, creative marketing, curating, and entertainment. I think the conclusion of all of this is if I didn’t pursue my creative talents I wouldn’t be happy with what I do in life. Being creative and working in the arts helps me mentally take control because my mind is always on a creative note. 

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?
I started my creative form, ArtREV & Co, when I was in college studying my associates in Fashion Merchandising at the time when I was going to Bauder College. I simply started my company because I needed a powerhouse to hold all of the work that I was doing in the fashion, art, and entertainment field. Being a multidisciplinary artist can get a bit complicated because people don’t know what is your main goal which is why I tell a lot of people I am a Creative Director. It was challenging at first because I kept rebranding my company. I mostly ran it by myself for the first 6 years of its existence. Whenever I found out how other creative agencies were running their operation, I would go back and rebrand the company, and to be honest, that’s a bad idea when you have clients under your company and you keep changing the aspect of it because people will lose their memory of what your company represented. Eventually, I stuck with a pure concept and I’ve been doing great at managing it. I learn that you can’t do everything at once. I was so excited about doing projects but I would try to produce 6 projects at one time and I would only release about 2-3 of them. I was always failing but I never let it stop me. Now, I’m taking my time with my business and learning from a lot of successful individuals while working full time in the marketing business. One thing I want the world to know about my business is that I am proud to say that I introduce the world to Yves Mathieu East (professionally known as YVES). He is a model, musician, and social activist and I gave him his first of many interviews back in 2014. I am also doing this cool thing with my company this year where we are launching a Black + Queer marketing campaign celebrating the queerology of fashion, art, music, and culture. I want to focus on making sure that the black queer community is recognized. It was an idea I came up with while being in quarantine and felt it was needed after discussing it virally on Twitter with other black queer artists. I am super excited about this new plan and hope we get a lot of people drawn to the attraction of its existence so we can come even bigger in 2021.

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 favorite place in Atlanta to visit is the SCAD FASH, which is a fashion and film museum located in the art district of midtown Atlanta inside of Savannah College of Art & Design. I just love looking at the fashion exhibits there because it was unheard of to have a fashion museum in Atlanta until SCAD opened up one for the locals to see. I also love the High Museum of Art and I enjoy the Little 5 Points neighborhood. Outside the city, I like going to other big cities like New York City, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Cincinnati, and Orlando just to name a few but Savannah is also another superior place I like to visit just because of the historical value that the city holds. 

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There’s a list of people I have to thank for my success. Starting with my family, my aunt is my biggest supporter. She always encourages me to strive for the best. My last great grandmother is another person who was big on supporting me, especially when it came to the fashion career. She was a fashionista herself and that help inspires me to go into fashion. I have thanked all of the black women throughout my life. I feel like black women are the queens of the world and they help me with my success since I was a kid. Still, at 26 years old, I receive more information and get inspired by black women of all walks of life more than any other person in this world. And then there are a few names to mention: my best friends Avery West, Sunni Ankh, and Jennifer Antoine, former fashion mentor Dr. Courtney Hammonds, Demariyon Futch, Viosanty Blanco, Nicole Harris, Jori Jones, my talent manager Eshia Davis, Rodney Hawkins, my father Bernard Childs, my aunt Makela Hursefield, Shavoan Slade, TK Smith, my brother Tiejah Davis and the list goes on and on. Too many to name but those are the main ones.

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