We had the good fortune of connecting with Evan Jackson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Evan, what do you attribute your success to?
The most important factor behind my success and the success of the Young Bold And Regal brand is consistency. I dedicate my time being detailed and clued in on the cutting edge information of Hollywood and the entertainment industry. At Young Bold And Regal we love to do media coverage of up and coming talent so I pride myself on research of seeing not only who the next star is but also who the next best cinematographer, fashion designer, producer and author is so we can dive more into their story. And when it it comes to my personal brand I like to give my audience a peek into what I do when I’m on red carpets. A look at the process and real time feeling of who I’ve spoken with and also personal touch on how I feel about the event I’m attending overall. That draws the audience in so that they are not only buying into what I’m giving them but it is also an overall experience they can only get with me in front of and behind the camera.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Starting out in 2013 with Young Bold And Regal was very difficult. In its infancy it was essentially a blog that I created and did interesting think pieces and features on artisans and those in the industry I admired. I believe for the first year I didn’t do one interview because no one had even heard of my outlet let alone was interested in speaking with us. But a year in I streamlined Young Bold And Regal into a position where we would do a mix of covering up and coming talent as well as give you the hottest interviews and takes of the best in entertainment. I decided there wasn’t going to be a negative slant, it wouldn’t be salacious, I always say we are always personal but never invasive. We keep it positive and let the subject of our conversations tell us what we want us or the audience to know. That rapport with guests helped build a trust, an overall brand trust with us so that we can tell their story in full.
The next challenge after that was getting access. That is the number one goal of any media news company and just starting out was very hard. But that’s why I say consistency is the most key ingredient to my success. It was like a game of tag whenever I did a great interview or my team & I got a great moment on the red carpet, that lead to the next opportunity which lead to the next one. The turning point for me was garnering access to the press applications that a year prior I didn’t even know where to look. And doing my due diligence and properly filling them out and turning them in a timely manner. Nothing is garunteed and everything is earned. So I humbly go into these applications or opportunities with a positive outlook but no expectations because I find fulfillment in the moment of displaying and framing other people’s work and the story that inspires them to keep going . The joy is in that, so no acceptance into an award show/event or rejection can make me or break me.
The shinning moment for myself was being accepted by the 93rd Oscars this year to be apart of the media coverage as a journalist. It is a special moment because I was able to do that under my Young Bold and Regal banner. A culmination of all the hard work I had done including numerous rejections, that it was all worth it. Even more spectacular I had the opportunity to ask a question to Oscar winners, directors of “Two Distant Strangers” Travon Free & Martin Desmond Roe, right after they had won. I say that’s affirmation and just a small piece of the journey. That I’m grateful and thankful for. Motivation to continue to do good work.
I want people to know that if there is a compelling story out there that Young Bold And Regal will cover it, bring it to the masses, and shine a bright light on the person or subject so it’s more well known and serve as inspiration. Especially when it comes to Black women in entertainment and business. Often times they , their work, their performances in fantastic films and television, and their great entrpreneirial endeavors gets overlooked. I’m dedicated to tell those stories, highlight them and to frame them properly so they get the right attention.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
One of the goto places in the overall LA area to eat has to be Fat Sal’s which has locations in Hollywood and Westwood. There sandwiches are so good., deli- style so they won’t disappoint. And if you want to switch it up and go to a nice vegan restaurant, True Food Kitchen in Pasadena has so many great options. And for upscale dining experience either Smittys Grill in Pasadena or The Tap Room at the Langham Hotel will do. The Tap Room is so classy and beautiful also located in the Pasadena area. The outdoor seating overlooks the luscious ground of the Langham Hotel. Often host to weddings and incredible events. The menu has a good selection of cocktails and some you can customize to your liking. The best of them is there truffle fries and California Lobster Roll.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I attribute my success to an amalgamation of inspirations through out the years. With Young Bold And Regal I came up with the name for my media news company as a word play on the classic soap operas “Young & The Restless ” and “Bold And The Beautiful”. And I needed one more word to complete the vision in my head about how I wanted my company to be represented, and finally “Regal” was perfect. I always say we come from kings and queens and their ancestry and spirit is living through us. Often times I ask those on the red carpet “What makes you regal?” That is already implied they are embarking on a special journey letting their art thrive through their work. And as far as my personal success, crafting my own brand, I started my instagram name, in part, with the moniker “Bowtie Bandit”. My friends Brian Cuatt and Michael Vivens came up with that name and I ran with it! I liked the suave nature of wearing a bowtie, drawing inspiration from James Bond or classic leading men in old Hollywood films. I liked being known for wearing it, especially when it came to high profile award shows. Being known fo the substance of my work with Young Bold And Regal and my prescence the second I stepped into a room was a full culmination of how I wanted to come across.
And of course my biggest insparations are my sisters, Brittany and Marissa as well as my mom. Young Bold And Regal focuses heavily on Black women and showing the versatility of their talent through the fields of the arts, entertainment and entrepreneurship. I see how amazing they are and seek those qualities within the women I want to feature in my media news company. And also in my personal life finding women who are passionate, compassionate, and purpose driven.
People who have definitely expanded the vision of Young Bold And Regal of course is my first on camera correspondent in Rayven Nicole. In 2015 I started the Youtube channel and I needed someone who was smart, charismatic and a leader in front of the camera to speak with the best of the best on the red carpet but also do one on one interviews. Rayven was all of that and more. As well also our photographer Cece who is great at everything especially when it comes to behind the camera. I always love including brilliant Black women on my team because that’s what the central focus of Young Bold And Regal is. I always say “Black women are the center piece, not the only piece”. So I have to be about it and have people on my team who reflect the purpose of our media news company.