We had the good fortune of connecting with Brianne-Adette Bogle and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brianne-Adette, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
My thought process behind starting my own business started with realizing that the kind of career I wanted to have did not exist yet. It existed in fragments in various careers, but piecing all those things together was something I would have to create myself. No one hands you your dream job, you literally have to create opportunities for yourself. I had worked as an executive assistant for nearly a decade in different jobs within film music; I was a music coordinator for a music supervisor, a junior publicist/ executive assistant , even an assistant to a music attorney within a film acquisitions firm. I have worked in corporate settings and for sole proprietors. I’ve consulted various music creatives from film/tv composers to studio managers in building or expanding their businesses… and that was before I went to graduate school for business. I think it just had something to do with a creative mindset that I had from being a songwriter! That being said, the executive assistants life in Hollywood requires extreme dedication, and I was dedicated as hell. But i also had dreams of my own. After while it simply dawned on me, “What if I took all this energy that I am devoting to helping other people grow their businesses and instead infused it into my own entrepreneurial ventures? What if I took the same daily devotion to serving my employers and applied it to realizing this dream of Vox Artivism?” And then after some deep reflection and visualization I committed. I have been incredibly happy ever since! Entrepreneurship has real challenges, real pain in fact… but that is when you realize you are passionate. That in itself is rewarding. It is a beautiful thing to create your own company, and especially when you get to co-create it with people you respect and admire.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My earliest memories of childhood are learning to sing from my Opa (my grandfather) and my mom. I also remember as a four year old crying when I learned there was such a place as the dog pound. I think involvement in the arts as a kid, singing in my case, opened my heart to empathy. I also believe that empathy will drive a young person towards self expression and the arts provide us a healthy outlet for the energy we internalize. There are certain formative moments that touch your heart as a child that I believe stick with you forever. I knew I wanted to protect vulnerable animals and people since I was a really little kid. My parents and grandparents were very service oriented people, and so that was a value in our home. I also knew as a kid that got a lot of attention for my voice and for singing. As I grew, my awareness for the injustices of the world grew. I asked a lot of questions, “why is that person sick, mama?” Or “why do people hunt elephants?” I always felt a sense of defiance when I heard the answer, and wanted to do something to help. As my awareness of the world grew, my little voice seemed to grow simultaneously. I went from singing at church to charity telethons, and by 10 or 11 I was singing at the national prayer breakfasts, as well as national anthems for professional sports and 4th of July celebrations for cities. People seemed to listen when I sang as a kid, so eventually I put 2 and 2 together. “Hey, maybe I can take ‘this little light of mine’ and let it shine over the things I care about.” It was so empowering to discover that it actually worked! And I loved performing! Performing helped me overcome my shyness, and to be comfortable on stage built my confidence as a gawky tween. Now that I’m my 30s I am passionate about my students to bust through the mental blocks of their own fears like a wrecking ball of courage, so that they too can experience what freedom feels like! Because once you break down the fear of flying, there’s no telling how far you will soar! When I was a teenager I started singing in jazz bands in Paris, and that is also where I learned to play guitar and started writing music. I eventually got a vocal scholarship to attend the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where I attained my undergraduate degree. OK- real life for a second- I grew up the daughter of an army officer and school teacher. We moved a lot. I think we relocated about 18 times before I turned 21. I was raised in 3 countries. I went to 13 schools BEFORE university. Faith, Family, and Music, were the three pillars of my stability as a child, because my environment changed so regularly. And yes, while no doubt there were many challenges to that style of upbringing, there was also a range of experiences and people that I met who enriched my life. Leaving friends was painful, but I had to learn that love is always worth it. The constant transitions, as I look back, were all very positive because they taught me 1. adaptability, and 2. the value of multiple perspectives. I found this applies not only to ones personal life, but also in businesses it is vital. Diversity is incredibly important to the health and effectiveness of a creative team! As a child I experienced other cultures and I learned to find the common threads of humanity in all of them in order to make friends. That lesson applied as an adult when working in teams where people have varying ideas, we have the common goal of working towards the bigger picture. i.e “lets do what’s best for the project.” Growing up as the child of a teacher and an artilleryman also instilled in me a great desire to build bridges, to mend wounds, to dissolve misunderstandings, and to teach people to love each other not in-spite of all our perceived differences, but because of them! Everyone has their own method of expressing themselves. Personally my favourite way of expressing myself is through music, and by creating collaborative musical projects opportunities that benefit others. I want the world to be a healthier, cleaner, kinder place. The people I am drawn to work with as teammates are people with varying perspectives who are committed to that same effort. Creative individuals are to recognize, and I do not mean necessarily by their fashions or physical presentations, but by their demeanor and personalities! You can feel when you are in the presence of a person who embraces their authenticity. These people are often very connected to their inner child. They are open minded, curious by nature, and imaginative! When you are with them working you feel like your are playing because they are playful and unfiltered. Children do not constantly edit themselves the way adults do. It takes audacity be innovative and bring new things into the world. Entrepreneurs and artists are both creative types, it’s the same mindset, but sometimes it wears a different outfit. At Vox Artivism we believe that every child is born with infinite creative ability. They simply have to believe it. Our mission is to nurture and empower our students, volunteers, and partners with the understanding that every individual has something unique and beautiful to offer to the world. There is so much to be gained by connecting to our common humanity and at Vox Artivism our vehicle is music.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I like the classics when in LA; Chateau Marmont for an evening of glamour. The Magic Castle and The Soho House were fun haunts, along with the Hollywood Roosevelt hotel. I really enjoy Venice Beach. Definitely walk around Abbot Kinney one afternoon. The Butchers Daughter is awesome. Right now I live in the South Bay and I like the tranquil vibes of Redondo Village and the ocean side walks of Palos Verdes. If it’s an afternoon of culture you are after, If it’s an afternoon of culture you crave, the arts district in DTLA is fantastic! Enjoy the eclectic flavors of our wonderful city!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Shoutout to W. Joseph Anderson, Esq at Mannat, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, the best entertainment attorney in the business. He always has my back. Big shout out to my incredible team of specialist in progressive education for guiding heart of our multi-media programs to the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals, my own mother Dr. Debra E.S. Bogle, author and Ed.D, and to Richard Perkins, creative teacher and consultant. My family, a huge support system for me. Shout out to our star editor Kim Boritz! I have so many shouts! Sonic Fuel Studios, The Harmony Project, The Music Forward Foundation,The Marine Mammal Care Center LA, The Apex Protection Project, 14th Street Music, the inspiring teachers at American School of Paris, Lunada Bay, and Miss Monique Marshall at Wildwood Elementary for being incredibly inspiring! Thank you Thank you Thank you!