We had the good fortune of connecting with Brionna Taylor and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brionna, how do you think about risk?
I truly believe there are no risks when whatever you are seeking or going after is a part of your destiny and purpose. It all leads you to the course of your life. When it comes to “risks,” I always ask myself, is the potential reward great enough? Does what will be gained outweigh if I just didn’t take the chance? I don’t take risks just for the sake of it. Every single thing I do is calculated. Risks also weigh more when you don’t have a long-term plan. You have to know where you want to end up and then subtract years to apply the pressure and create a better sense of urgency. When you do that, risks are viewed differently. However, there is no greater risk than time wasted! You can make money back, you can repair relationships, but you can not get time back. I ultimately believe the role risks played in my life is it has caused me to get rid of the hesitation of fear. It allows you not to be stagnant and actually propel you ahead and help you to not be regretful. It’s allowed me to live a full life ahead of my years. Especially on the storytelling side, it’s allowed me to connect and cover stories that most people don’t get, simply by just taking the chance to reach out and ask. What do you have to lose? I’ll gain nothing if I don’t step out. I can’t think of a missed opportunity in my life. For me risk = time.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a multimedia storyteller, journalist, documentarian, and creative. My works have been featured in top magazines and publications including ESPN, D Magazine, Okayplayer, AfroPunk, and OZY. Among those features, my stories have been placed in magazines displayed in Barnes & Noble, popular newsstands, Kroger, and CVS. Previously, I also spent time working as a photographer for the Dallas Cowboys. I have covered a wide variety of multimedia stories from Floyd Mayweather’s bodyguards and Hollywood celebrities to rising talents and religious leaders. I created my own talk show ‘E-Koh (pronounced echo), which aims to help bridge the gap between celebrities, rising talents, and locals. Through my career in multimedia storytelling, I have made it my mission to expose my generation to true journalism and storytelling in a fun and modern way. I believe what sets me apart from others is I’m not afraid to be in my own lane. I am all about originality and bringing forth original content in a fun and interesting manner. But, most importantly, I’m about bringing forth content that serves a meaningful purpose and stories that need more highlighting. I aim to always create impactful content and also get the viewer involved with the message. I’m most proud of the opportunities I’ve been given and the next body of work I’m about to release in regards to the world of animation and its intersection with storytelling. I’m also excited that I will be putting more of my story into my work. I ultimately got to where I am today professionally by hard work, planning, not minimizing nor compromising myself and my vision, and staying the course. I don’t do things that do not contribute to where I’m trying to get. No. Time. Wasted! The journey is never easy and if it is your vision isn’t big enough. I had to definitely stay the course and not get tired by my own vision. What I want to produce takes time and has tedious aspects. It’s not about whether it’s easy or not, you just have to make up your mind that this is what you want to do. I overcome all challenges by maintaining my motivation and discipline. It’s all about knowing when to navigate on your own and knowing when to involve others and bring them on board. The biggest lessons I learned along the way are that everyone won’t always get your vision and don’t allow anyone to make your vision smaller than it is. You can’t share your vision with everyone. Sometimes, you just have to let people see it when it’s done. What do I want the world to know about my brand and story? It’s more just what I want them to see and feel. I’m here to one day revolutionize the way we see and cover stories and add a new dimension to multimedia storytelling. Additionally, I want people to know that just because your story is different, it doesn’t mean you can’t relate to someone else’s story.
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?
I’m a person that has been to many places and loves to travel. But when it comes to Dallas, Deep Ellum is a spot you must visit. It’s an area filled with arts, creativity, and many talented and rising artists. Deep Ellum has a rich history.
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?
Without a doubt, I want to give a shout-out to my mother. It’s because of her that I’ve been able to accomplish what I have and what I will accomplish in the future. She helps me with every single aspect of my life whether it’s a creative concept i’m developing, talking out my thoughts or just helping give me solid advice in life. I can tell her anything and she’ll support it and help me strategize. My mom always gets beside my vision and has even helped me develop upcoming projects such as cartoon series and docuseries. She helped mold my mind to be ambitious, hard working, and to always have big vision despite my surroundings. I also want to shout out the book, The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. It changed my life and is the reason I created a vision board and have made the moves toward those visions becoming a reality.
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