Today we’d like to introduce you to Jermaine Anglin.
Jermaine, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
It all started when I first got the opportunity to intern at 99 Jamz where I got the chance to network and meet many people in the industry. After interning at the radio station for a few months, at a BBQ, I was introduced to Dayo Harewood who at the time was working with Gil Green at 305 Films as his 2nd unit Director. 305 Films is a production company in Miami, Florida. From there, I was invited to experience the production of my first music video. It was the Rick Ross ‘Hustlin’ music video which really began my journey in the film industry. I began working under Dayo as an assistant director and production assistant.
During this time, we worked on popular music videos such as Dj Khaled – We taking over, Lil Wayne – Mrs. Officer, and Bird Man – 100 Million dollars which made me realize that I wanted to start my own production company. Thats when the journey began and I created my company named BLAKPRO, which stands for Building Leverage and Knowledge. In 2010 a few friends and I came together to produce our own projects to build our reel. My friend Young Chang was to be the director, Aubrey Blake (r.i.p) the Art director, and I would produce. It was great, we all managed to do a few joints together and worked with artists such as Ace Hood, Kodak Black and KyMani Marley until Aubrey passed away in June 2016. Young and I still work together till this day. People started reaching out to me to produce their videos.
Now I have worked with many major artists such as Drake, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, 2 Chainz, Dj Khaled, Future and many, many more. We plan to develop new content with BlakproTV, where we have a podcast called @Creativesoulpodcast with hosts @jessykapproves and @leonsays, ‘This is me’, ‘The Process’ and, Behind the Scenes footage of music videos and special events. I have also started a foundation named ‘I Am Somebody Foundation’ Inc. which is geared towards the arts for the Youth which will have basic 101 programs and workshops that will teach the youth about film and music. The goal of this foundation is to empower the youth and show them that there are other ways to express themselves creatively and show them that there are opportunities for them behind the scenes in the film and music industry. Follow our Instagram at @Iamsomebodyfoundation.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Has it been a smooth road? No. Being in the film industry, the playing field is not the same when you are a black male. I have witnessed situations where someone will come in and move up faster just because of the color of their skin, Getting used to the roller coaster ride of inconsistency in the beginning was hard and it was even harder getting others to see my vision. But, everything in life you have to work hard for, I know this and thats exactly what I did. Every challenge I’ve gone through ultimately made me stronger.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
The name of my company is BLAKPRO which is my production company that produces music videos, commercials, TV, branded content, and events. I also run @BlakproTV which is the content division where produces our own content such as our podcast @creativesoulpodcast, ‘This is me’, ‘The process’, Behind the scenes videos and special events. BlakproMERCH where we have our products such as key chains, T-shirts, hats, and stickers. As a company, I am most proud to be able to give others opportunities in the industry and change lives. Many things set us apart from others, but the main thing would be our dedication, our team and our final product.
What were you like growing up?
Growing up, I was very interested in sports. I was first very into soccer than basketball. I really had hoop dreams and to play ball until all those plans changed when I had my first child, which made me switch gears to the entertainment industry. Although I was cool with everyone, I was very quiet and to myself.
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