Today we’d like to introduce you to Jabari Marshall.
Jabari, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
This is very important as growing up in the South shaped me in many ways, but two things that stuck are the culture and competitive nature. I am a lifelong student-athlete that competed since the age of six in Metro Atlanta to my last practice in 2009 with the Baltimore Ravens in Rookie mini-camp.
From that last day playing football, I was on a mission to find my passion and also what I truly enjoyed outside of sport. From that last day, I was a stunt double for Hines Ward in Dark Knight Rises, strategized social media for Barbie and digital marketing for Adidas, saying that show I was definitely trying it all.
I am currently by day a performance marketer for F45 Training, Australian born HIIT training company, and outside of that, I run 1959. a digital marketing consulting brand and culture/foundational based blog. Here you can find various stories ranging from the “history of gold teeth” to the history of “Dapper Dan.”
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?
My biggest struggle was the transition from a lifelong student-athlete to a respected businessman. Playing sports is so much different than the business world though they also carry strong similarities. The major difference being in sport you can work hard in the weight room on the field and get immediate results and rewards.
In business, that is not always the case as hard work can be rewarded five or ten years in the future. I also had to convince myself that I was a businessman as well as I always considered myself a student-athlete and now I was transitioning into the business world.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
1959. gives Small to Medium businesses top-notch digital strategy to reach various KPI’s. We provide a foundational digital strategy to provide MoM steady performance and act upon scaling opportunities. I also provide a blog that focuses in on foundational/cultural events. I have studied African-American history and History in general since a young age.
To further my education, I also studied African-American Studies at Duke University where I was able to review Raw Documents and learn about history in a very abstract POV. I truly love my blog as I get tons of feedback about the topics and how they learned about something that they never knew about. Also, I have a rewarding feeling assisting small businesses in reaching their goals in the crowded digital space.
1959. was the pivotal year that Jazz was revolutionized by four juggernauts Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman, Charles Mingus, and The Dave Brubeck Quartet. I have worked for many brands and helped boost their image in popular culture, but 1959. is my collective of consulting, blogging of fashion, art, style and popular culture. This is my opportunity to break away from convention and create, explore and express.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
The digital space will continue to grow and evolve to make your everyday life efficient. I believe digital media will continue to grow and provide information at the touch of a button. In general, hopefully, the digital space makes life easier and longer. My blog will continue to look at foundational and culturally relevant stories to spark thought in my readers.
Nasher Museum of Art, Fine Art America