Hi Brandon, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
“Thank you for having me! Well, my name is Brandon. I was born in Jacksonville, Florida, but I’ve been in Atlanta for most of my life (it’s Florida forever, though). I spent my college days at Full Sail University, where I earned my Bachelor’s in Digital Cinematography and my Master’s in New Media Journalism. While I already had a love for film, it was during school that I noticed that I had the talent of being an editor. I always just had the dream of either acting or being a director. Now, don’t get me wrong, those are all still dreams of mine, but I now know that I’m capable of so much more.”
That’s awesome! It’s funny how life works.
“Right! Something even funnier is how I became a writer. I hated writing growing up, but I was always telling stories, so my teachers did everything in their power to force me to write. Still, I wouldn’t say I liked it through high school, and it wasn’t until after I graduated that I found a love for it. It started as me just writing love stories on Tumblr back around 2009 – 2011, and then after going through a bad breakup in 2012, things took off from there. I needed an avenue to express how I was feeling, and writing became the way.”
I’m so sorry to hear that! In a way, that’s awful but very inspiring at the same time.
“It’s all good! It has made me who I am today, and I wouldn’t change it for the world.”
Most definitely! So what quality or characteristic do you feel is most important to your success?
“This may sound a little weird, but I would have to say my top quality would be my emotional intelligence. Whenever I write dialogue, I try to convey emotions to feel like they’re living and feeling everything the characters are going through. I would also say that the fact that I don’t sleep is significant too. I will pull an all-nighter x3 if I have to!
So out of all of the projects you’ve worked on, what would you say is your favorite?
“That’s easy; I would have to say ‘Queer Eye.’ For that show, I had the opportunity to do a little set design, and it was a lot of fun. We had to repaint the store and create a whole scene in the corner of the store. That was my first dabble in set design, so I wasn’t sure of what to expect.”
What are some of the changes you expect to see over the next five to ten years in terms of your work and the industry?
“Growth. I can see myself finally achieving my ultimate goal of writing/directing/producing/acting in a feature film and having a hand in the soundtrack/score.”
What are your plans for the future?
“I have a book in the works, so completing that and getting it out. After that, maybe find a wife, lol.”
I hope that works out for you, and we’ll be on the lookout for your book! Well, the last question is what is happiness to you and what makes you happy?
“Thank you! As far as happiness, it ultimately means being comfortable with yourself, where you’re at, and in whatever you’re doing. From there, nothing can stop you.”