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Meet Chris Griggs

Today we’d like to introduce you to Chris Griggs.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Chris. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I was born in Silver Spring, Maryland. My Mother, a former actress and professional educator focused her energy on homeschooling me and my two brothers. My father who cut his teeth in the entertainment industry at the Apollo Theatre was the sound stage manager for Black Entertainment Television in Washington D.C.

My brothers and I spent countless hours with my father on the sound stages lot watching him work. I vividly remember the live orchestrated events which involved lighting, camera, sound, and set design all coming together to produce a beautiful well balanced single vision and I was captivated at a very young age. This was the backdrop to my formative years which laid a strong foundation for my interest in the entertainment industry. Our family relocated to North Carolina during my middle school years and I transitioned from homeschool to High School. I maintained my interest in entertainment focusing primarily on the technical aspects of productions. After my graduation in 2013, I began my post-secondary studies at Savannah College of Art and Design Life and later transferred to the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Filmmaking with a concentration in Cinematography in 2019. Since graduating, I have had to pleasure of working on shows and commercials with HBO Max, The Walking Dead: World Beyond, and Ubisoft. I have also been blessed to be joining the Local 600 in less than a year of moving out here. The journey so far has had its challenges but I have been fortunate and shall continue to move towards my goals.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I wouldn’t say all roads have been smooth, but that’s to be expected. Life has its challenges. Navigating the rough roads is part of the growing process. There is the basic challenge of wondering where to begin; the challenge of looking for the doors of opportunity in the professional film industry. Perhaps one of the greatest challenges is maintaining individuality in a competitive industry. And when the road gets rough above all my faith has given me the strength to exercise patience, make sound decisions, work collaboratively with other and battle times of self -doubt. In this new digital world we live in its easy to get discouraged from the path that has been set before you to achieve your dreams. I keep my head held high with the support of my family and keep on walking towards the dreams that I know are at the end of this winding road.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am currently focusing more in narrative filmmaking and commercial work. The projects I try to pursue are ones that very thought-provoking and socially conscious. It’s important to explore as individuals how we relate to one another in the world. I have also carried this artistic narrative into my photography in both film and digital formats with an emphasis on Black and White in photography.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I am thankful, grateful, and humbled by all of the experiences I have had in life and business. I have had so many blessings that have allowed me the opportunity to pursue my dreams. I have the blessing of a loving and supportive family. I have received a valuable education, enjoy the company of good friends, and had the opportunity to have access to professionals in the industry who have taken the time to pour into me. There have been some personal and professional bumps in the road. And when the road becomes rough, I simply remind myself of what I often heard my father say in times of adversity, “You can slow me down, but you can’t stop me.”

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Reagan Joelle Frazier

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