On September 30th 2015, some of Charlotte’s youngest, most creative minds came together for a branding panel at Central Piedmont Community College.
The event was called “What Is Your Brand.”The panel was created to give students insight into what it takes to be successful in the business world, specifically for those who are interested in owning their own businesses.
Panelists included influential community members such as Devin Johnson, known as ShotbyDJ, who is a film producer in the area. He has worked with many well-known rap artists in the music industry; entertainment Journalist Kim Brown, who has contributed to publications such as XXL, BET and the Charlotte Fashion Week; and the duo known as Dupp and Swatt, owners of a multipurpose creative space where people are encouraged to create in whatever way suits them.
The panel was exceptional and the students were eager with questions during the event. Students were given the realities of working in entertainment and the sacrifices that have to be made to be successful. Students were also given insight into professional etiquette, and what kinds of things employers seek in their employees. The event ended with students quickly approaching the stage to ask more questions.
There was a focus on mentoring during the event, and many of the students took down the information provided by panelists. Some of the panelists stated that they were more than happy to serve as mentors and it is expected that they are able to connect with the students. This was a successful event and many students are asking for another chance to pick the brains of some of the most influential people in the community–OnPointPress.net.