MEET BRANDON BOONE
Entrepreneurship + Traveling
What inspires you? Inspiring others to become greater people, whether it’s within the community or following their purpose, motivates me to keep doing what I do.
Social Media Handles: @iambboone (IG, Twitter) @wethegreatones
Your favorite song currently and the artist: The Price is Always Right – Aha Gazelle
Currently reading: I just finished reading “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas.
Favorite food spot in your city: Gus’s Fried Chicken
Sweet Tea or Lemonade (it’s a Southern thing): Sweet Tea all day
Describe yourself in one word: Dedicated (like Lil Wayne)
Where did you graduate: University of Louisiana at Monroe
Greek Affiliation: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Favorite place to visit/vacation: I don’t particularly have a “favorite place,” but I love to visit South
Where are you from? Bossier City/Shreveport, LA
Please provide 3-4 sentences about your role in the community or in your field, industry or career. What do you do? How did this “role” come about? How and why are you best known by others?
I believe Austin is not like any other city in the US. So as far as the community, I strive to promote unity and diversity within the city. There’s a purpose behind every event that I am behind like bringing the community together through feeding the homeless. As far as my career, I’m currently self-employed as a marketing freelancer and independent contractor. I’m also a serial entrepreneur. My current projects consist of The Great Ones which is a lifestyle brand that represents living, loving, traveling, and inspiring, The Great Couples which seeks to connect couples within the community, and The Driftr Travel Podcast.
Did you attend college and/or have formal training in your respective field or industry? If so, please elaborate on the year you graduated and from what institution. Yes, I attended college at the University of Louisiana at Monroe and received a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing in the Fall of 2012.
What factors of your upbringing influenced your career goals? Growing up in a military home, my family was never shy about helping others. No matter my family’s circumstance, they were always willing to lend a hand. So as I grew older, my passion has always been to inspire and help others. Combining my passion for my creativity led me to my marketing degree. My end game has always been to work for myself because I believe that’s the best way to make the type of impact I want to
make. So all my previous work experience, my degree, and my passion is leading me to this exact moment. I’m a firm believer in all things working together for a greater purpose.
How long have you been in this career? What did you do previously? I have been self-employed for almost 6 months. Previously I was the special events assistant for a fast-casual restaurant startup called Verts Mediterranean Grill and before that, I was a clinic/marketing assistant for RediClinic.
What long-term goals do you have? What steps are you currently taking in this direction? This may seem generic, but my long-term goal is to inspire as many people as I can through my different brands, creativity, and my entrepreneurial spirit. My personal mission statement is “create to inspire,” so I try to align everything I do with my mission statement. As of right now, it’s all about executing or as I call it #LevelUpSeason. A lot of people have ideas and dreams, but only the strong execute and survive the process.
Tell us about your social media presence. Do you use it in your line of work? Why or why not, is it important in your day-to-day responsibilities, platform or career? I’m huge on social media, mainly Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn. If used correctly, social media can be very beneficial for your career. I have made several connections through social media, and networking is vital for any successful person.
Which public figures, role models and or historical figure shaped your goals as a child and in adulthood? Any that embodies your personal values? I have to say my father. Being a young African American man, I am extremely blessed to have my father in my life. He’s the definition of being a man. He’s God-fearing, wife loving, family caring, and the hardest working man I know. Everything I learned about being a man has come from him.
What does it mean to you to be a millennial? How do you share that with others in your life, those you meet and with your peers? To be a Millennial means to defy the odds, create your own lane, and become the boss of your life. Millennials don’t abide by traditions and rules, we create new traditions and bend the rules. We live life how we want to live it and that’s exactly what makes us different from any other generation. I share that by living and enjoying life. Inspiring others is my passion and enjoying life is my motto. Drake said it best, YOLO.
To learn more about Brandon Broone and the podcast he co-hosts, Driftr visit HERE.