How has your story motivated you on days when there seems to be nothing to keep you going?

I remind myself of all the hurdles I’ve cleared and the challenges I’ve tackled to get to where I am today. It’s like a reminder that no matter what comes my way, I’ve got what it takes to keep pushing forward.

Plus, there’s this quote I live by: “As long as I stand up anytime I’m knocked down, I’ll always get back up.” It’s all about resilience and not letting setbacks keep you down for long.

Also staying prayed up is a big part of it too. Having faith and believing that everything happens for a reason helps me keep a positive mindset, even when things seem bleak.

So on those tough days, I just take a moment to reflect on my journey, remind myself of who I am, and say a little prayer for good measure. It’s like my secret sauce for getting through anything that comes my way.


In what ways, if any, did you have to pivot to ensure your vision was well executed?

Well, when it comes to ensuring my vision is well-executed, pivoting has been a big part of the process, especially with the Soundcheck documentary.

In 2020, like many others, I had to pivot big time due to the unexpected challenges brought about by the pandemic. Originally, I had planned to dive straight into filming Soundcheck and get everything done within a certain timeframe. But when the pandemic hit, it threw a wrench into those plans.

Instead of seeing it as a setback, I saw it as an opportunity. With the extra time on my hands, I decided to immerse myself even further into the world of audio engineering. I became more curious, delving into the intricacies of sound production and gaining a deeper understanding of the subject matter.

This pivot not only allowed me to refine my vision for the documentary but also gave me the chance to connect with experts in the field, gather more research, and ultimately create a more comprehensive and engaging project.

So, in a way, the need to pivot in 2020 ended up being a blessing in disguise. It pushed me to explore new avenues and expand my knowledge, ultimately enhancing the quality and impact of the Soundcheck documentary.


How do you showcase the empowerment of Women’s History Month every day?

In my personal life, I make a conscious effort to uplift and support the women around me. Whether it’s through words of encouragement, lending a listening ear, or actively advocating for gender equality, I strive to create an environment where women feel empowered to pursue their goals and dreams.

Professionally, I aim to highlight the accomplishments of women in my field through my work. Whether it’s featuring female-led projects on Speaker Leaks, collaborating with women filmmakers on creative endeavors, or amplifying the voices of women through storytelling, I’m committed to showcasing their talents and perspectives.

Additionally, I use my platform to raise awareness about issues affecting women and advocate for gender equality. Whether it’s through social media posts, blog articles, or community events, I believe in using my voice to spark meaningful conversations and drive positive change.

Ultimately, showcasing the empowerment of Women’s History Month every day is about recognizing the importance of women’s contributions, uplifting their voices, and working towards a more inclusive and equitable society, not just during the month of March, but every single day.


Who are some lesser-known female entrepreneurs from history that you admire and believe deserve more recognition?

Three lesser-known female entrepreneurs from history that I admire and who deserve more recognition are Rose Marie McCoy, Barbara Jordan, and Dr. Gwendolyn Goldsby Grant.

Rose Marie McCoy, a prolific songwriter responsible for hits performed by artists like Elvis Presley, was known for her remarkable talent in the music industry. Despite crafting numerous successful songs, McCoy’s name often goes unnoticed compared to the performers who sang her compositions.

Barbara Jordan, a groundbreaking politician and advocate for civil rights, is another remarkable figure. As the first African American woman elected to the Texas Senate post-Reconstruction and the first African American woman from the South to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives, Jordan’s legacy in American politics is profound. However, her name remains relatively lesser-known compared to some of her contemporaries.

Dr. Gwendolyn Goldsby Grant, a pioneering psychiatrist and mental health advocate, also deserves recognition for her significant contributions. Co-founding the East Oakland Health Center, Dr. Grant played a vital role in providing comprehensive health and mental health services to underserved communities. Despite her groundbreaking work, her contributions often go overlooked in discussions of mental health advocacy.

These three women exemplify resilience, creativity, and dedication in their respective fields, and their stories deserve to be celebrated and remembered for generations to come.


Reflecting on your own experiences, what are some effective ways that male allies have supported you in your career journey?

Reflecting on my career so far, I’m thankful for the positive men in my life who have been instrumental in supporting me along the way. Having male allies has played a crucial role in my professional growth by championing equal opportunities, providing mentorship and guidance, and fostering inclusive environments.

These male allies have actively advocated for gender equality in the workplace, whether it’s by recommending me for projects, speaking up to ensure diverse voices are heard, or challenging unconscious bias and stereotypes. Their advocacy has created opportunities for me and women like myself to thrive and succeed in our careers.


How do you strike a balance between ambition and self-care as a woman in a demanding business environment?

Navigating ambition and self-care in a demanding business world is a bit of a juggling act for me. When I’m not at work, you can find me jetting off on adventures, spending quality time with my family, diving into creative hobbies, or chilling out with a good book or heading to a hot yoga class.

It’s all about finding that sweet spot between chasing goals and giving myself some TLC. Those moments of travel, family time, creative outlets, and relaxation are like little recharge stations that keep me going when work gets intense. They help me stay balanced and bring my A-game without burning out.

So while I’m all about chasing my dreams and making things happen in the business world, I know that taking care of myself is just as important.


BIO: Brittanie Goldsby founded Speaker Leaks due to her friends having little to no opportunity to grow creatively. Although the process of growing Speaker Leaks was slow at first, she did not give up. And after a few hiccups and bumps along the road, Speaker Leaks was off and running with a number of exclusive interviews and events. Brittanie’s plan for the future of Speaker Leaks is to be the number one outlet for artists of all mediums.

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