We had the good fortune of connecting with SA Brown and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi SA, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
My thought process behind starting my own business is creating my own table instead of begging for a seat at ‘theirs.’ In the past as a content creator, one had to wait to get a ‘green light’ from big studios and Hollywood producers. Now with online streaming services, you can create content and build an audience without powers-that-be giving you the ok. In addition, I want control over my creations. It seems you relinquish so much control gaining the backing of a major studio.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m a storyteller at my core. I started with a novel, Still Not Satisfied. It took me ten years to write it. I learned a lot from the experience. The biggest lesson was that novel writing was not for me. For two years, I wrote exclusively for the stage. I produced several one act plays and toured them around south Mississippi. I still like writing for the stage. In 2018, I wrote, directed, and produced my first full length play, Family Lies. Also in 2018, I produced my first short film. And I was hooked. Since that first that film, I have added 12 others. What sets me apart from others is my stories tell the stories of people aged 40-55. I am proud that I have created so much content in such a short period of time. I am excited about my plans to help others produce their first short film. I also look forward to producing my web series and first feature film in 2021. All depends on COVID. Looking back, it didn’t seem difficult to get to where I am. Going forward appears to be a struggle, mainly based on COVID. I have learned to write to what I have available so I can shoot with a minimum budget. That is how I have been able to create the amount of content I have. I want the world to know that it is never too late to follow your passion. I am in my 40s and just getting started. I believe in myself and what I can accomplish. As far as my brand, I cater to a demographic that is often overlooked. I look forward to entertain, encourage, and educate audiences everywhere.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
There are a lot of fun things to do in Atlanta. I would start with National Center for Civil and Human Rights and MLK Center with breakfast at Atlanta’s Breakfast Club and dinner at Mary Mac’s Tea Room. Next day we could walk and play at Atlantic Station and Piedmont Park to enjoy skyline views. Over the week, we’d visit places like Slutty Vegan and Old Lady Gang. We would tour Coca-Cola, the Aquarium and College Football Hall of Fame. Eventually, we will have to go to a google search to find other treats.
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?
Daniel Ransom has come along and reminds me we have stories to tell and content to create. He is there everyday, not allowing me to stop.