We had the good fortune of connecting with Earl Hopkins and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Earl, we’d love to hear what makes you happy.
I’m passion-driven. Whether personal or professional, I have to do something that aligns with my thoughts and desires. If not, then it’s a point of inner-contention and, despite how hard I try to mask it, it will show.

I’m happy knowing I’m working towards something that’s beneficial to me and others within arms reach. While journalism isn’t the most lucrative career in the world, knowing I’m informing my community and inspiring other writers of color is huge for me.

Regardless of the long hours it takes to finish up a written assignment, file photos or edit a video or podcast, it’s all worth it because it’s what I love to do. And more importantly, the impact it may have on others is immeasurable.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
At my core, I’m a storyteller. It’s my first love and my greatest gift – as it is for many journalists.

When I decided to be a writer, my family applauded. Not because it was a sure pathway to riches, no lol. But because they knew that was my true form of expression.

As soon as I learned to form words and put them to paper, I’d write for days and days on end. That passion would carry through my adolescence to the moment I had to decide my major in college.

Regrettably, I originally declared to be a pre-physical therapy student. An odd choice for someone that dreaded health and science studies. I figured since I spent so much time at physical therapy clinics due to sports injuries in high school that I might as well join the troupe.

But again, me and my parents knew my passion was as a storyteller. So, once I decided to switch to journalism last minute and eventually got accepted into Ohio University’s journalism school, we were both elated. And admittedly, I cried of joy.

Over time, as my abilities as a journalist and reporter grew, I knew I had to make strides to separate myself from others. In doing so, I began to build my multimedia skills up. Whenever I crossed paths with someone in a given newsroom that was well-versed in photography, videography, audio or broadcast, I tried to absorb is much from them as I could.

Now, I have many of the skills I aspired to obtain, which has separated me from my peers and allowed me to embark on other career endeavors – a photography and video production business.

While I endured some obstacles along the way, I’m where I am today because of hard work, dedication and a goal-oriented focus.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If they were to fly in on a Friday, I’d take them to West 6th Street in Downtown Austin. It seems like there are miles of bars and restaurants along that street, so they’d really get a feel for how culturally-dense and, frankly, how weird Austin nightlife truly is.

On a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, I’d take them to The Domain to shop at the area’s various clothing stores or The Oasis to soak up the beautiful view of Lake Travis.

For me, the scenery and dishes are everything. So, anything with a beautiful view and delicious food and drink is always good in my book.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to give a shoutout to my mentors, past editors and former professors and advisors from Ohio University – Roger Cooper, Allison Hunter, Tonga Cox, Justice Hill, Abbey Doyle, Michael McCarter and Tre’vell Anderson.

These individuals encouraged me to believe in myself and my talents as a journalist/storyteller.

Website: https://earlhopkins.com

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Other: https://www.armaniphotography.com/

Image Credits
Tyler Armstrong, Doral Chenoweth and Ashley Nicholson

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