This week’s featured media mogul in the making is CEO of Jersey Turnt Up Entertainment and We Are Jersey Magazine, Bee “Jersey Queen” Papino. Learn more about Bee’s 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?
“When I first started Jersey Turn’t Up Entertainment with my business partner Daniel Banks, we had a passion for music. We threw events in Bergen County that were known to be a drama free zone for individuals to have fun while young as there were not many places for us to go. A lot of the attendees were upcoming artists and creatives. My business partner and I didn’t think much of it when people wanted us to play their music or perform at our events. We realized people needed a platform that allowed them to expand their reach and express themselves. As we expanded with our branch We Are Jersey Magazine we expanded from giving these opportunities to all niches of creatives where they could tell their story, as raw as they need.“
How did you get your start in the media field? Did you study communications in college? Internships? Hobby writing?
“I never studied media. I am self-taught in running my business. I felt being an entrepreneur was meant for me based on so many things I did and focused on when younger.”
Tell us how you built up your platform. What’s your mission/goals? Who’s your audience?
“My business partner Daniel Banks and I started with Jersey Turn’t Up Entertainment in 2012. Banks and the two other partners at the time were DJs, meanwhile I was the marketing/graphic designer. We did events all across New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and more. We Are Jersey Magazine was started September 2014, meanwhile the Jersey Diamondz models began about March 2015. Our company has expanded to our print shop Empyre9 as well. Our mission has always been to allow and help people to be themselves in all aspects of our services. We want individuals to grow, while our audience grows with us. Our audience has expanded since first began. Previously we had a college audience, but currently, we have almost all ages. We have all ages featured in the magazine, as well as previously done work with at local hospitals and non-profit organizations.”
So far throughout your career, what has been your proudest personal media moment?
“Our proudest moment thus far has been winning the Best in Entertainment Award by NJ Black Businesses in November 2019.”
What advice would you give aspiring mediapreneurs looking to enter the field?
“Give it your all, and do what moves you.”
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