Today we’d like to introduce you to Jeremi Davis-Wright.
Jeremi, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
It was Spring Break 2009, my freshman year of college. I was studying communications. While visiting a friend, I saw a beautiful Pentax k-x sitting on a bookshelf collecting dust (at the time, that was top of the line). I picked it up, turned it on and started acting like a world-renowned photographer (there was no SD card). At that same moment, my friend’s mom walked into the living room, saw me and said “You like that? I bought that thing almost a year ago and never used, I feel bad because it’s a great camera. You know what if you want it it’s yours, but you have to promise me that you’ll actually put it to use.” I stood firm on that promise. That moment also caused me to reflect and embrace words that one of my professors shared, “If you’re serious about this you need to always have the camera around your neck. You never know when a good moment will happen and you have to be ready to capture it.” I have kept that camera around my neck dam near 24/7!
I became known around campus as the go-to photographer. All the other students came to me for headshots, parties, cookouts, all types of events. A few years later, that transformed into an opportunity to develop my own business, Digital Advocators Media (DAM) that allowed me to partner with colleges and high schools throughout Delaware providing mentorship and opportunities for others to explore the world of digital media.
While enrolled in college full time, and developing my business (DAM), I had an opportunity to pursue an internship Editing and producing with NFL Films. I collaboratively edited the show NFL Top 100 which was also nominated for an Emmy that year. My work was significant enough to make a strong enough impression to follow-up with an opportunity to assist with the production of an NFL presents piece, which aired during super bowl 50.
As my skills continued to develop, I pursued a position editing and producing with NBC Universal, where I created countless shows and content for all Philadelphia sports, Eagles, Sixers, Flyers, and Phillies. After eight years of working in Philly, I decided to dive deeper into my craft and make a shift from television to film. This dive involved me quitting my job, exhausting my savings account, ending the lease on my apartment, and moving to LA. It was far from smooth, but certainly worth it. I broke into the movie trailer industry creating marketing content for studios such as Warner Bros, HBO, Paramount, CBS, Netflix, Disney, and many more.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The journey for DAM has been far from smooth, but lifting the heavy weight is what makes you stronger.
Although I was en route to pursue my dreams, I made a huge leap of faith and once I decided to go all-in, I counted all sacrifices as part of the game. Some of those sacrifices included moving across the country away from my family and friends to pursue my goals/dreams, ending meaningful relationships, and living frugally to invest in training programs, mentors, equipment, and business opportunities. The hardest struggle has been the transition from the east coast to the west coast, leaving my family. I was fortunate to have a great friend from college to let me couch crash until I got myself to established (getting a job and an apartment). I accomplished both and felt like things were falling into place. But my journey took a spin.
The job that I landed, editing movie trailers for a great company in Burbank, suddenly ended due to bankruptcy and I found myself unemployed. Only a few weeks later, I had significant car problems and made the decision to sell it. I purchased a bike and used that as my main mode of transportation. Several weeks later, I was hit by a vehicle which knocked me off my bike, creating significant damage to the left side of my body.
That moment changed my perspective. I realize that life is about what you do with the time that you have while you are here. What makes you unique is what you give a & how you give it. The obstacles and challenges are what you use to guide you on how to make the most fruitful investments moving forward.
Please tell us about Digital Advocators Media.
Digital Advocators is a Digital Network. We help businesses build their brand using digital media. We specialize in entertainment.
What you can expect out working with us?
Content that you feel in your bones and impactful execution. We focus on leveraging your media so you can focus on what’s most important to you. From conception to completion we build media strategy and manage the development and execution.
Who is our Ideal Client:
We work with visionaries. Entrepreneurs & Businesses hungry to make an impact with their work.
When is the right time to work with us?
Businesses grow at different speeds, the best time for you to come see us when you are ready to make your business digital.
What we are most proud of?
Our consistency in giving back to young creatives and budding entrepreneurs with our STEAM initiatives
What sets DAM apart from others is the strategy and the force that it brings to each project.
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
If I had to start over what would I do differently
Absolutely nothing, life is too short to live with regrets and as Hussle said “You learn all of the secrets to the game on your way up”.
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