It is officially 2016, and I have never felt the need to push myself to creative heights more than I feel the need to do so now.  There has always been 365 days in a year, 24 hours in a day, 60 minutes in an hour, and 60 seconds in a minute, but recently it seems as if time is flying at a much faster rate.  Perhaps this is due to the surge of energy caused by our generation’s need to break away from the engrained behavior of “clocking in,” only to spend the next 8-10 hours waiting to “clock out.”  Our generation is no longer content with waiting years for the next big promotion.  We are using our gifts and our natural talents to create our own lanes with the sole purpose of pursuing what makes us happy.

I left a solid paycheck and a promising career in the investment banking industry for this exact reason.  The world was so big and my cubicle at the time felt too small, so I decided to explore the world of endless possibilities.  I needed to figure out what made me truly happy.

“When someone makes a decision, she is really diving into a strong current that will carry her to places she had never dreamed of when she first made the decision.”

Here I am now, from Wall Street to Hollywood paving my way.  I’ve had great experiences over the past few years, and I have had the opportunity to be in environments that I would have never imagined; however, it wasn’t until I let go of the notion that my success was in the hands of anyone other than myself, that I started to travel down the path that lead me to find my passion of unleashing authentic stories into this world through the creation of HBR Media.

“Who we become in the process of pursuing our dreams is just as important as the dream itself.”

Through HBR Media, I have had the opportunity to interview many amazing women who have worked behind the scenes in film and television from the 1920’s to the present.  HBR Media aims to shed light on the impact of Black women behind the scenes in the entertainment industry. The journey of these relentless women has gone untold, and the time has come to recognize the very real presence of these women who continue to make great strides in this industry.

“If there is a story that you want to read, then you must write it.”

This project pays homage to the legacy of Black women writers, directors, producers, agents, managers, attorneys, studio and network executives who have protected and promoted the images of Black culture by reflecting diverse views and opinions through visual media, and put the contributions of Black women in film and television at the forefront.  These women are paving the way for a new generation of Black women in Hollywood, and are emerging as victors in the world of film and television, thus creating a new narrative in the African-American experience.

Each of the women that I have interviewed has fearlessly put her heart on the line for something that she believes in, and I intend to do the same as I continue this journey.

Writer/Creator Jeanine Daniels put it best, “as an artist, you create from your heart, from a personal place, and that’s the most important part of what we do, and why we do it. If people decide to like whatever you create, that’s just a bonus.”

And that my friends, is my first blog post!  In an ocean of viral videos, Instagram memes, and everything else in this vast virtual world, thank you for hanging in there with me. 😉

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About The Author

Founder, HBR Media

K. Nicole Mills is the Founder of HBR Media. She transitioned from Wall Street to television and film development, and has worked at NBCUniversal, Universal Pictures, and Showtime Networks. She currently develops digital programming for premium networks. Reach out anytime! info@hbrmedia.org

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