Could you tell us about your experience before Black Stock Footage?
“I’m a professional videographer and photographer turned entrepreneur with six years of experience in various types of video production including weddings, commercials, non-profits, governments, sports, music videos, fitness, and so much more. I graduated from the University of South Florida in 2016 with a Bachelor’s in Mass Communications (Broadcast Production) and a minor in entrepreneurship. During my time at USF, I interned at Walt Disney World in Orlando and for a leading Tampa-based video production agency Diamond View. Post college, I worked as a videographer and digital media producer for the Hillsborough County government for four years. During my time at Hillsborough County, I worked with numerous local public figures, politicians, commissioners, county officials, and everyday citizens creating video projects that showcased and highlighted Hillsborough County from a government perspective. During my time at the County, I continued my education by obtaining my MBA from National Louis University, as I was always fascinated with the business side of things. Early 2020, I transitioned from working for the County to running my own micro-creative agency working heavily in the tech startup community. My creative talents landed me opportunities to work with some amazing organizations such as the NAACP, Embarc Collective, Synapse, Startup of the Year (Established), City of Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida Department of Health, S&P 500 company UDR Inc., Best Buddies International, The City of Clearwater, and many others. My most noteworthy accomplishment to date has been building a 10 year relationship with my fiancé, Zebrina Edgerton-Maloy. We are high school sweethearts, now building an impact-driven business together: Black Stock Footage.”
“I’m a communications strategist who uses integrated marketing communications to build brand value for mission-driven companies through authentic storytelling. I graduated from Washington and Lee University with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, where I started my career as a multimedia journalist. During my journalism days, I worked at news media outlets like Creative Loafing, 83 Degrees Media, and most recently at the City of Miami’s Tourism Bureau. I also interned at broadcast television networks like the CBS News Washington D.C. Bureau and NBC’s WFLA News. As a journalist, I always gravitated towards stories that highlighted how people are having a positive impact in their communities and how founders are starting companies that are driven by purpose over profits. After transitioning to the communications and marketing world, I’ve been able to use my multimedia storytelling skills to help the companies I work with strategically connect their brand messaging on different platforms to build a more consistent brand. As a communications strategist, I’ve had the pleasure of working with the Juvenile Welfare Board of Pinellas County, Tampa Bay Wave, Best Buddies International, and more. From being a multimedia journalist to transitioning to communications, my personal mission and inner motivations continue to be strongly connected towards working with companies that are focused on changing the world for the better. So when Imani approached me about his brilliant idea for Black Stock Footage, I immediately knew that I wanted to help bring this impactful vision to life!”