We had the good fortune of connecting with Abby Woods and James Woods, Jr of Quartermain Media and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Abby & James, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting a publishing division as a part of your business?
When we started Quartermain Media 7-years ago we definitely didn’t have a publishing division in mind. The launch of our Cue The Culture magazine has been one of our greatest joys. Available in print and as an interactive E-Book, we are amplifying the voices of Black social media influencers and Black social media conversations with a bi-annual publication. The first issue was released in July 2020 and features Multimedia Maven, B. Scott on the cover. We titled it, “Genesis”. It features unique never-been-told stories about Black social media influnecers and black social media conversations. Now that a foundation has been made, the next issue, being released on Black Friday in November, has more writers, more conversation, and it truly next level.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
With the launch of Cue The Culture magazine, our company is forever changed. It is a perfect vehicle to help us highlight our video production and branded content work, engage brands and advertisers, but also celebrate and build relationships with social media influencers. Despite all of the bubbling conversations of concern about Black lives and small businesses, the daily grind is still tough. Through it all, we remain extremely proud of the trajectory of our company and our careers. It has not been easy and we actually continue to face new challenges each day. We’ve lost business before. We’ve suffered disappointing blows from people we trusted and admired. We’ve even had creative work and insights stolen from us. These challenges have only made us stronger and even at the lowest point, we must recognize and be grateful for the journey. We like to say that, today, we face a new mountain, but our legs are stronger and we’ve weathered mighty storms. We cannot wait to reach the next peak where we already know we are employing the Black directors on our roster more regularly and breaking into producing television and film projects. Ready or not, we’re on our way!
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?
Los Angeles is a wonderful place. In one day you can go to the desert, up the mountains, through the valleys, around the city, and to the beach. For those visiting or living in LA, there is a ton to experience.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
We could not do what we do without the love and support of our immediate family. James is an only child, so his mom (Mary Woods) and dad (James Woods, Sr.) got to pour in a lot of love into their son. Abby is 2nd among 4 children. Her mom (Beatrice Gwendolyn Harris) and father (Albert Harris) are both artists so it’s no surprise that their only daughter is continuously drawn to creativity and art. Her brothers AJ, Hannibal, and Jonathan made her fearless. Our family deserves a ton of credit so shout out to the entire Woods and Harris kinfolk.
We also want to give a shout out to our amazing Quartermain Media team of professionals: Jennifer Holmquist, Elexus Dorsey, Toni Long, Denzel James, Charles Anderson, Wenona Wynn, Chris Gilrath, Shayla Womack, Stephanie Dunn, Teal Moss, MacKenzie Galloway, Saraah Cardwell, Justice Singleton, Dikega Hadnot, Steven J. Butler, Angela McCrae, Mobolaji Olambiwonnu, Fred Thomas, Jr., and Marquette Jones. We’re growing and it really feels good!