Please introduce yourself. What do you do? Why? What do you want people to know about you?
My name is Reco Wright Jr and I am an Executive Producer/Chief Creative Officer/Writer working for The Brella Streaming Network. My focus in the film industry is reality television, documentaries, and cooking shows. Also, I tackle finding talent for The Brella Streaming Network and come up with creative ideas for new television shows. The Brella Streaming Network is projected to launch in Q1 of 2023 and is available on IOS, Android, Roku, etc. In this business, your personality, ability to recognize talent, ability to create long-lasting business relationships, and never burning bridges are essential. I’ve always represented myself and my brand to the utmost highest degree of professionalism and I am open to listening and working with other industry professionals. You never know who is the next big thing or what the next great idea might be. I always stay up to date with current events whether it’s reality television, TikTok, or whatever piques the viewer’s interest. Having supportive and positive people around you definitely helps contribute as well. Leaning continuously on my loving family and friends to support me whenever it’s needed.
What qualities make you different and unique from everyone else in the industry?
What makes me unique from everyone else in the industry is that I have a special gift to connect and create great people with a great ideas. Then sit in a room with everyone and start the process from beginning to end for everyone to enjoy and love. I’ve always been known as a people person or an extrovert. As an adolescent, my parents entered me into acting where I thrived. Being able to be me and make people laugh and feel good was my safe space. When I’m producing a project, I think of extraordinary ideas or out of the box. Visions no one else might have thought about that would blow the audience away.
Describe THAT moment when you realized you’re doing what you were born to do.
The first day my parents introduced me to the acting industry I knew I had a gift for the camera. I loved to make people laugh and have a good time. I remember back in elementary school to keep me quiet my teacher would promise me the last 5 mins in class to tell jokes if I kept quiet the entire day. When that 5 mins of fame came around I used it to tell all of my classmates as many funny punchlines as I could before the bell would ring. Since then my parents enrolled me in acting school. Normally I stood out in every class and it was not hard to tell that I possessed something that many other kids didn’t have. A natural gift to speak and make people like me. This led me to book roles alongside Meagan Good in The Secret Life of Girls released in 1999 as a love interest and landing a nationally aired Sprite commercial in 2001 for the NBA All-Star voting. While shooting the Sprite commercial in New York I spent the entire week under the Directors wing. It felt like I was being mentored for the behind-the-scenes lifestyle and I fell in love with it quickly. Ever since I’ve begun to write scripts and learn about what behind-the-scenes roles do what.
What’s been the biggest challenge you’ve had to go through and how did you grow through it?
There have been so many challenges coming up in this industry. The first one is that you have to be ready at all times to either network, work for free to get your name out there, or late nights at events that will have your partner not approving you coming home at 4 am. Once you get past those obstacles then it’s contractual issues, money issues, production malfunctions/mishaps, or things that are out of your control. I always like to say that if I cannot control it then why am I going to get upset? It’s out of my hands and all I can do is try to make it better. Always take things as a learning lesson and use that to your advantage. Not everything is going to go your way. Keep a positive mindset. Practice Yoga or find a hobby that will take you away from your professional life.
Who are the TOP 3 people you’d want to meet that could elevate your career or business? Why these specific individuals?
The TOP 3 people I would like to meet that could elevate my career are Issa Rae, Jordan Peele, and Prentice Penny.
Issa Rae is and always has been my inspiration. Watching her blossom from her Youtube show Awkward Black Girl to filming 5 seasons of Insecure with HBO is so inspirational. Issa stuck to her guns, connected with the right people who saw her talent and vision and created a masterpiece. My dream is to work alongside Issa Rae and build a wonderful business relationship with her.
Jordan Peele is simply amazing. His unorthodox style fits a movie idea that I have. I believe working with Jordan Peele on this project will result in nothing but awards.
Last but not least Prentice Penny. Being a major showrunner in the industry to producing Insecure with Issa Rae Prentice could be a major asset to me becoming a major figure in this industry. Issa Rae, Prentice Penny, and I can all come together and simply create magic.
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