This week’s featured media mogul is the owner of ThaGreyMatter, Breona Garrison. Learn more about Breona’s creative journey below.
You are a multi-talented individual dipping and dapping in a bunch of other expressive fields. So, what was it about journalism or media that piqued your interest?
“I came across journalism in high school and it was really the creative aspect of storytelling that really piqued my interest. The way individuals could use words and phrases to express ideas or real-life stories was fascinating and for the most part, inspiring. Once I got to college, I saw how many individuals used media every day to express themselves which really was the spark for branching out on my own and creating TGM.”
How did you get your start in the media field? Did you study communication in college? Internships? Hobby writing?
“I studied Communication in college and also pursued a few media-related internships. I was an editorial intern at both XXL and Seventeen Magazines while also completing another internship at smaller publication, QuirkyDaily. I also wrote poems and short stories, now what I would consider blog posts, in my own time. Writing allowed me to find my peace and home within the media field while the internships gave me the exposure to other like-minded individuals who gave me the push I needed.”
Tell us about your platform. What’s your mission/goals? Who’s your audience?
“I launched Thagreymatter or TGM in April 2015 and the main mission of it was to create a dynamic platform for artists where their work is highlighted and celebrated. The goal was to create a platform specifically for artists in the Tri-State area to express themselves freely. This included events in both New Jersey and New York; both of which allowed artists an opportunity to show their talents live. TGM’s audience includes all artists who have something tangible to share such as rappers, singers, poets, comedians, actors and actresses. Even though that is the primary audience, I choose to remain open to anyone who consider themselves creative and has something to offer the world.”
So far throughout your career, what has been your proudest personal media moment?
“My proudest personal media moment would be my event at the Nuyorican Poets Café. I grew up with an understanding that this venue was powerful for not just poets but all artists. I was thankful to be able to host an event there and bring artists I had worked with from all over the Tri-State into one space and a knowingly famous one. I was also proud of TGM’s first cypher that I was able to premiere for the crowd. It was a moment of raw talent and collaboration, which I have always felt was my most beautiful moment yet.”
What advice would you give aspiring mediapreneurs looking to enter the field?
“The biggest piece of advice I would give someone else who is looking to enter the field is be careful with the words you use to speak to yourself. Often times we tell ourselves we can’t do something or give reasons why we will fail. If you are pursuing anything within in media, it is important to first nurture the relationship you have with yourself. It will fuel how you interact with others and how you get things done. Truth of the matter is, you can do anything you want to do, as long as you believe it.”
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