What is your name and what do you do?
My name is Brandi Kellam and I am a talent producer for MSNBC, multimedia producer for NBC’s online platforms, and a graduate instructor for the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.
Are there any childhood experiences that led you to where you are today?
When I was a kid, I used to love speaking in front of the camera and learning how to record video behind the camera. My brothers and I have the advantage of seeing what we were like as kids because my parents usually made sure to record our birthday parties, recitals, sporting events, and random family moments. I think that influenced my fascination with videography. I also discovered my love for writing when I was in grade school as well. I was actually selected to write and perform an original piece at my 5th grade graduation.
Where did your passion for television come from?
My passion for television came from my experience creating a documentary in college. I was a sociology major but wasn’t sure about the career path I would take after graduation. I was also a Resident Advisor was assigned to a team of RAs tasked with creating diversity awareness initiatives for our residents. During my senior year my team created a documentary on poverty around UNC’s campus. It was my first time producing a journalism piece. I loved it so much that I immediately decided upon graduation to start pursuing a career in journalism. My first real broadcast job was with WYRM radio in Norfolk, VA as a co-host and board operator for a weekly political news program. I was there for two years and my mentor at the time encouraged me to apply to Newhouse’s graduate program in journalism. I applied and was accepted and the rest is history!
Who do you look to as inspiration?
What tangible piece of advice would you give young girls who want to be where you are?
Carve your own path and be consistent. You are talented and have a unique and valuable perspective that you should cultivate and protect. As long as you remember that, follow your gut, and never settle for less than you’re worth, you’ll always be successful.
What do you love most about being a woman?
That I am multi-dimensional, strong, beautiful and destined for greatness.
What has been the highlight of your career thus far?
Being in the White House Rose Garden with veteran White House reporters to hear President Obama speak in person.
What is the key to finding balance in your personal and professional life?
Being organized and setting aside time to chip away at a massive project instead of trying to cram every project into one day. I also make sure to spend time doing things I love such as traveling and trying out new recipes. Taking care of yourself by eating healthy and working out is also important. A healthy lifestyle gives you the energy and mental agility needed to get things done.
What is one thing many people do not know about you?
Before I decided to pursue a journalism career I wanted to be an FBI agent.
Our fun question: If you could be any animal what would it be and why?
My zodiac sign is a Leo. So I’d choose that first. But my second choice would be an elephant. Elephants are extremely strong mammals. They also have great memory, are very intelligent and unstoppable. So, my second choice would be an elephant.
What does the future hold for you?
I see myself being an influential part of the media industry and having a long lasting legacy.
Where can people find you?
On my webpage - www.brandikellam.com and on social media via @brandikellam on Twitter and @brandkells on Instagram.