Today we’d like to introduce you to Britnee Blake.
Britnee, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
My interest in photography and filmmaking started in high school. I enrolled into a TV & Film program where I learned the basics and took my knowledge outside of the classroom to grow. I started hosting photo-shoots in my house/ makeshift studio by sophomore year. I started creating photo booklets such as “Party Gone Wrong” (https://www.britscloud.com/party-gone-wrong), “Broken Discs” (https://www.britscloud.com/broken-discs), and “Encased Creativity” (https://www.britscloud.com/encased-creativity). These projects were inspired by the musical artist “Choker” and his creations on his site choker.cc. As I grew comfortable with my camera, I dipped into filmmaking. My first film “Dark Room” came out in 2019 and was the start of my filmmaking career. Connecting to an important part of my life, music, I began creating a series called “A Cloud Visual” where I make unofficial music videos. For instance, “L.A.” (https://www.britscloud.com/visuals-la) by Brent Faiyaz and “Gold” (https://www.britscloud.com/visuals-gold) by Cabu. Currently, I’m co-producing a film series called “Once Upon A Crime” (https://ouacofficial.wixsite.com/home) with Cymiah Alexander (www.instagram.com/cymiahalexander) that focuses on showing and explaining the social issues within the black community through fairy tales. In addition, Also, I’m producing music videos for the artist CRUZII (www.instagram.com/cru.zii) and broadcast content for contests such as FSPA (Florida Scholastic Press Association). Overall, I got to where I am today by consistently being a part of different projects, never settling into one theme when it comes to creating, and constantly growing artistically.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
I believe it has been a smooth road and I’m grateful for all who have inspired and supported me throughout this process. Especially my TV & Film teacher Mr. Papadopoulos (www.instagram.com/blakehstv), my photography mentor Mr. Rostick and my family! The only struggle I could name is growing my belief in my ideas more. I have LOTS of ideas and plans I’d love to execute, it’s just a matter of getting out of my own head at times.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I have a creative label, BritsCloud that encompasses all creations by me, Britnee Blake. I never stop at one career field when it comes to creating. My main specialties are photography and videography, but I also have experience in web/ graphic design and music production/ supervision! I’m most proud of my photo booklets ‘Encased Creativity’, ‘Broken Discs’, and ‘Party Gone Wrong’ (which can be found on www.britscloud.com). In addition my series of “a cloud visual” makes me very proud! In this series I make unofficial music videos for songs that I love. For instance, “L.A.” by Brent Faiyaz and “Gold” by Cebu. My ability to sonically and visually tell stories sets me apart from other creators. I take my love for music and use it as inspiration to visually tell stories!
If we knew you growing up, how would we have described you?
Growing up, I was very shy and reserved— it took a bit to get comfortable around others. Slowly I’ve strayed from this and learned to become more outgoing and extroverted. This switch became easier as I gained interest in performing arts such as dancing and leadership roles like production managing. My interests changed constantly as I grew up. From drawing, dancing, singing, editing to producing and much more. Overall I’ve stayed within the realm of being creative and tried lots of different things to learn various ways to express myself. Now I’m honing in on my interests and pursue music and filmmaking more than anything! As far as my personality, I have my shy times, but when it’s time to direct, manage, and run a crew— that’s out the window.
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- Website: www.britscloud.com
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/britscloud
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- Youtube: https://youtube.com/channel/UC9OBqh4rVUh5EpeKWoYMSwQ
- SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.app.goo.gl/WQE4AZYTKv2SDmNN7
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