We had the good fortune of connecting with Reginald Titus Jr. and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Reginald, how does your business help the community or world?
Our business helps the community because we create movies that are inspirational and can empower individuals that are not usually portrayed in a good light in the media. Our most recent film called “Natural Hair The Movie” makes African American Women feel good about themselves and their natural hair. The movie celebrates black culture and encourages positive dialogue.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
It can be difficult at times balancing commerce and art. I have a business degree which helped me understand the importance of revenue in a business structure. I’m creative by nature so I have to turn the artistic side off at times in order to focus on the business side of filmmaking. As a filmmaker, I may be speaking with the Director of photography about color temperature, yet as an Executive producer, I may be speaking with a lawyer about the intellectual property of a project. Making a good living in the current climate of video streaming, bankrupt distributors, and closing theaters is a constant nag as an independent film company. I’ve learned to stay on top of the trends and understand what the consumer wants and how they want it delivered is crucial in this line of business.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Favorite spots. Let’s go to Jerry’s World and check out the cowboys. Since we are in Arlington let’s check out Six Flags, great for the family. Food, there are too many places to name but in Deep Ellum, at Brick and Bones, they know how to make the best chicken in the city. Also, I would go to Klyde Warren Park to take pictures and find inspiration.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My wife Ashanti Titus deserves a huge shout out! The movie is loosely based on her experiences and is the inspiration for the film. She pitched the film to the production team back in 2013; we later began producing in 2015. Without her idea, the movie wouldn’t exist.