Instagram Creators Presents: Ron Brodie
First a bit about Ron:
Ron Brodie is a New York City-based filmmaker, producer, and writer who prides himself on telling culturally diverse stories. With a multidisciplinary background, Ron’s primary focus is producing narrative, documentary, and branded content. Over the past 13 years, Ron’s work has been featured on Adweek, Fast Company, Creativity Online, Motionographer, and in several print publications. In addition to his professional career as a freelance consultant, Ron manages to simultaneously represent himself as an independent director and artist working in and serving the greater global creative community.
C: How has technology inspired you?
Although most technology is perceived as sleek and stylish, I feel can also be raw and uncut. Thoughts can spread in an instant, and personal expression can reach new audiences around the world. To me that’s exciting. I find inspiration in technology because of the places it can take my ideas.
C: Are you speaking to a specific community through your work?
I hope to reach a diverse audience that looks forward to seeing stories and ethnic representation from a multicultural community. I’d also love to reach others that are open to learning more about a culture outside of their own. Whether it’s through the visuals music or even the casting, I try my best to include elements of my West Indian background into my work at all times.
C: What do you need to do your best work?
In order to do effective work, I need some sort of inspiration. I feel that inspiration can come from anywhere, so I try to keep an open mind when creating. I also thrive off of collaboration, so surrounding myself with other creative minds usually yields the work I’m most proud of.
C: When do you know a piece of work is finished?
Usually, it can come down to the deadline, the point at which I just have to deliver something. I also like to put in the work up front to get me that much closer in the end. I allow for new discoveries and happy accidents in the editing process, but more often than not I can tell something is finished when I get a sense that a select group of my peers enjoys the work.
C: How do you challenge yourself to get better at your craft?
I try to challenge myself by taking on more projects. Not to the point where one project affects the work of any others, but I definitely think there is a rhythm that can be established. When things are moving smoothly and easy, I know it’s getting better and better.
C: What’s a project you are most excited about right now?
I’m working on a travel project with my twin brother @dbp_. We have a great team comprised of professionals I met back in film school. Hopefully, when it drops it will be a nice homage to culture as well as a nod to my alma mater, Howard University.
C: Who is on the top of your playlist right now?
Travis Scott and Shabba Ranks. Honorable mention to Amber Mark and SNNY.
C: What inspires you?
I’m inspired by other creatives. I have managed to meet and work with some amazingly talented individuals from around the world. We’ve come up together, and I’ve been in the positions to help or assist them in the past. When I see the new things that they are into, I get inspired.
C: Who are your favorite follows right now?
@jabari, @thelifeoferic, @wayetu, @mayasworld, @jamaicangleaner, @styleweekender, @buzzfeedtastie, @awolerikzu, and @kanyedoingthings
C: If you had more time, you’d be doing what?
Learning how to speak Korean and learning how to cook. There’s always a need for more time to travel, but I’d love to visit my parents above all else.
Watch Ron Brodie’s interview with Instagram below.