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Meet Drew Jones of OkDrewJ in The Valley

Today we’d like to introduce you to Drew Jones.

Drew, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I moved to Los Angeles about six years ago from Louisville, Kentucky. I always knew I wanted to work in TV and film but wasn’t sure what that would look like for me. I wanted to do it all and I think I have. I work as a producer, celebrity interviewer, and photographer. Every day looks different and every day, I get to ignite a different part of my creativity.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It certainly hasn’t been easy. When you live across the country from your loved ones, you tend to miss some of the big moments. I’ve missed weddings, births, holidays. In the span of six months, I lost my grandmother, my stepdad, an aunt, and a close family friend who were all some of my biggest cheerleaders. It’s in moments like those that you question if this is worth it. People see you doing so many amazing things and don’t realize the sacrifices you made to get to be there. In the beginning, there were times I didn’t even have enough money to eat. It was either have fared for the bus to go to a gig or eat dinner. I don’t take any of the blessings I have now for granted because those nights without electricity or 3am bus rides home are what made me who I am.

OkDrewJ – what should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Everything I do boils down to the empowerment of black women. Growing up, I didn’t see a lot of me or my friends on my screen. The OkDrewJ brand is essentially my love letter to us. Through every avenue of OkDrewJ whether its celebrity interviews, casting or my newer love photography, it’s my sole purpose to uplift and create opportunity for the women who inspire me. My favorite moment is when I get to see someone’s dream become fully realized. There are so many shades, body types, backgrounds, and stories for black women to just be represented by the same five light skin celebrities. It’s my dream and goal to show you our variety.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
I can’t say too much because the show is currently in production but I had the honor of casting a newer show that really allows people of color to step outside of the normal roles and archetypes we’re often thrown into. Every day I worked on that show, I thought how everything I had been through was for this moment.

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