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Meet Felicia Morris of Morris Media Studios in Leimert Park and Crenshaw District

Today we’d like to introduce you to Felicia Morris.

Felicia, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I was inspired to start my own business when I was fired from my LAST job which happened to be at a studio similar to the one I own now. I couldn’t bring myself to look for another job and decided to set out on a mission to start Morris Media Studios. At the beginning of 2014, I started a crowd funding campaign and raised nearly $15k from friends and fans, $45k from a dear friend and rap star Kid Ink kicked in another $10k. Soon after raising the funds, we found the perfect building here in Leimert Park. It happened to be an old recording studio from the early 90’s that was once used by the likes of R&B group Tony, Toni, Tone, R. Kelly, DJ Quik and others. We couldn’t have found a better home. Finding this place made me understand that this was just not a business venture but more of a purpose.

In 2015, we launched – an Internet talk radio network housed within Morris Media Studios. We started with 5 clients and today we have over 25 radio podcasts that stream on our network to an audience of over 5-10k viewers per month.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Since we’ve opened our doors, our business has been built on the support of our family, friends and clients with no outside funding. The past few years have been a bit of a financial challenge. Every dollar has gone into keeping the lights on and the doors open with not much money to get the equipment and furniture we need to complete the studio. A financial award will help us to get the rest of the equipment we need to upgrade our studio to “state-of-the-art.” Every great deed or accomplishment takes sacrifice.

Morris Media Studios – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Morris Media Studios is a family operated media studio located in the heart of the Leimert Park/Crenshaw district. The company was started by radio vet Felicia “The Poetess” Morris and built by her dad, radio legend Johnny Morris. MMS provides professional recording and live streaming services for podcasting, Internet radio shows, voice-over and instructional videos. We offer high quality services with rates that fit just about any budget. I’m proud to give people in the community an opportunity to have a voice by way of podcasting and Internet radio streaming. What sets us apart is that we are the only business of its kind in Leimert Park.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
I personally define success by the positive impact we have on other people’s lives. Building not just a business but a legacy.

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