How is everything in the business world?
The entertainment business is always a roller coaster, but staying true to who you are and focused on your goal will keep you on the right track.
Ok, I always like to ask, what would you say to someone if they came up to you asked “What do you do?”
I make your life easier, whether I’m in front of the camera or behind. I’m an actor, producer, exec, and thought provoker.
What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?
Boredom. I got tired of waiting for other people to give me a chance and the novelty of what was coming my way began wearing off.
Tell me more about your career? How long have you been in the game? What have been your biggest accomplishments? Biggest setbacks? How did you overcome them?
I’ve been at it for about 8 years, started with print and runway, to stage and TV/Film, now producing, writing, and directing. My biggest accomplishment would be not quitting and discovering what I actually wanted. I you don’t love what you do, you’ll end up quitting at some point. Everything else seems to fall in place when you commit and surround yourself with the right energy. The biggest set back was not taking charge earlier in my career. I reached a point when I realized and I didn’t have to right people in my corner and missed out some great opportunities.
You founded Creative Cypher, can you tell us more about it? What inspired its creation?
I was blessed to be on both sides or the camera, and I would network like a monster until I became the person with the connections. Eventually people began coming to me, so I created an infrastructure to support those networking opportunities. We produce live experiences that attracted the most talented people around and quite naturally like minded people begin to attract one another. We then provide guidance so the potential projects are properly developed for production and distribution. We have other companies for the later.
You have an event, #CYPHERLIVE – which has been desciribed as late night meets “Def Comedy/Poetry Jam”! That sounds quite interesting, tell us more Troy!
Yes, we do this every other month with our partners Blue 1647, an amazing tech incubator in Chicago, which is now expanding into other markets! Our goal here is to provide a platform for filmmakers to showscase and pitch their projects but we also incorporate, comedy, spoken word, live music, and special guest interview. We attract the people we want to work with and lay the path for collaboration. Our last event’s special guest was Golden Globe winning actress, Regina Talyor and on August 8th we’ll have Oscar and Grammy winning song writer, Che, “Ryhmefest” Smith. We just did another event with Che and Sway Calloway 2 days ago.
Who are some of the other creatives that you have worked with?
I’ve been on several covers and ads , so tons of amazing photographers. The first project I ever worked was with Tyler Perry. A lot of great ad agencies for commercials and my last role was on NBC’s Chicago Fire.
Can you tell us about new projects that you are working on?
Some of them…lol. I’ve go a film called “Intersection” heading to Puerto Rico next week. It’s been screening around the country for the past year. We’ve got another show up for a 13 episodes deal, 3 films in post and 6 in pre-production, in addition to the live events….so not too much going on.
We have a saying here “DO WHAT YOU DESIRE” or #DWYD. How does that apply to what you are doing with your company?
“Man know thyself” You have to know who you are, what you want, and your worth. Then execute a game plane to achieve those goals. That’s what we do.
How can we find out more about you and your pursuits online? Facebook? Twitter? Website?
Are there any last words of wisdom or advice that you have for our readers?
Nope…I’m still trying to figure it out myself. lol