We had the good fortune of connecting with Gabrielle M. Collins and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Gabrielle M., what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
As a prolific writer, it became frustrating waiting to be recognized as a consistent creator of film and television content. I wanted to be able to create across several genres without being put into a box. I love exploring worlds that I’ve always been naturally curious about, whether it’s a romantic comedy, crime drama, thriller, or sci-fi, and bringing them to life with organic storytelling.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I think the thing that has set me apart in this business, is that I’ve been fortunate enough to work across so many aspects of it. I started my industry career in post-production before moving into tv/film production, then to writing and development. Learning so many different sides of the industry equipped me with the knowledge and skill of creating and delivering a project from beginning to end. It was a long journey getting to where I am today, and the road has by no means been easy, but every failure was a lesson in tenacity and fortitude. I learned that the squeaking wheel gets the oil, so speak up, be vocal. I also learned to never leave the room without having your voice heard. Make sure people know who you are, and that you belong in that room, even if you’re not fully prepared yet to be there. Keep taking risks, never get comfortable, and defy everyone’s expectations, even your own. This business will try to define you, but you have to be resolute in establishing and maintaining your own narrative and vision. I keep that same energy when I’m creating content. I create stories that speak to and inspire my audience in their personal lives as well as the collective Black community.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If my best friend were visiting LA, we’d spend the entire day in its Inglewood neighborhood, which is to me the cultural hub for African Americans in Los Angeles. The first stop would be at Sip & Sonder for a fresh cup of iced mocha coffee and a spinach and cheese croissant. The entire space is a cultural mood that feels like a cozy blanket on a cool night. Next, we’d make our way to Leimert Park Plaza, whose shops feature art exhibitions, culturally inspired fashion designers, DJs, spoken word and every Sunday you can watch the legendary drum circle perform. As we explore the shops and listen to live music in the spirit of our African ancestors. For a bite to eat, I’d ease on down to the Hilltop Coffee and Kitchen for a dish of Fish Don’t Kill my Vibe along with a new fav– Black Rose Latte. Really anything they’re serving, I’m eating! Being the creative that I am, pulling from different art forms, I would be amiss to pass up an opportunity to make our final stop the California African American Museum to take in the wondrous exhibits. The sheer volume of talent on display featuring modern and contemporary art, historical pieces, and mixed-media artworks from the African diaspora and African Americans from The West and across the US is staggering and inspiring. 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?
If there was anyone to ever shout out it is my mother Yvette, and my grandmother, Mildred. My biggest supporters, they believed that I could do anything I set my intentions towards. They are my foundation, my rocks, my loves.

Website: www.iamgabrielle.com

Instagram: @chigabrielle

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gabrielle-collins-0724712a/

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Gabrielle M Collins

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