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Meet Sevyn Talbert

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sevyn Talbert.

Hi Sevyn, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
Born in New York his father Ben “Paris” Lofton was one of the first MC’s of Hip Hop in the early 80’s later incarcerated since 93’ for his involvement with drugs. Single Mother RN Tasha she decided to give her son his own first and last name so he could build his own identity Now a single black father winning custody of his son was a very important part of my story growing up without guidance from my father because of his choices that led to his incarceration I was determined to be a present and active father. My mother and I moved to middle Georgia where he would grow up and graduate at 16 although we traveled frequently. During my adolescence, I met the ecclestons what would become my family they taught me metal fabrication at about seven I began traveling the country to trade shows with them selling handmade jewelry crafted from silver and gold and even at a young age I understood that networking got you into a lot more doors than just having qualifications. I always used my passes to get backstage and meet the celebrities or whoever was in charge of production.

By the time I was in my teens I had traveled almost the entire country twice now being that there was always rules to the road like not being able to make big purchases with your show money as space in the van was limited but I quickly figured out that my biggest expense didn’t travel back with me. I have never been one to spare expense on food and especially if I’m visiting a new place emerging into the culinary culture was always a must I’ve attended bonfires on the coast and crashed family crab boils in the bayou when it comes to the ultimate foodie experience and culture I’m one of those people who naturally thrive. Being that we were entrepreneurs I gravitated towards all things art from becoming a professional dancing instructor to painting huge canvases to making music, cinematography and photography. Around 2014 after my military service, I owned and operated an after-school program that taught hip hop dance and culture to students which was picked up by Bibb county school programs. At the same time, I ran a street dance competition called 8up in the middle Georgia area.

Currently, I am the local Culinary Photographer and Videographer for Grub Hub and Uber Eats while still vlogging my foodie adventures and maintaining my business peace 2 the people as a go-to for a culinary recommendation. Another part of my background is producing and writing television remember what I said about networking over qualifications I may have just entered film production school but I have been working professionally for years now and will continue to do so post-graduate. I coach my son’s basketball team and volunteer in the community.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Being a black male from an urban area with limited opportunities in education definitely came with obstacles like not being taken seriously when requesting meetings and or submitting information to organizations even owning an LLC and attempting to get funding being denied over and over takes a toll on your mental health. Being young and not in Hollywood or New York permanently is a major setback for networking and opportunities. it feels like you watch people with easier access to funding and generational wealth take higher-paying jobs and opportunities but lack the life experience and creativity to maintain it.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I’ve always been an artist from hand-making and selling jewelry to hand painting and photography and videography. Right now I’ve been of course photographing and videoing culinary products but I’ve also done some acting work for Hulu. What I’m most proud of is my reputation as an all-around entertainer and artist. helping curate dancers or other artists for a project I might not benefit from is also something I’m very proud of because I get to help others get opportunities to shine as well. What sets me apart from others are my travels and the way I’ve been able to become accepted and immersed in cultures from all over the world and empathize with their struggles and triumphs and translate that into my art.

The crisis has affected us all in different ways. How has it affected you and any important lessons or epiphanies you can share with us?
The people who gained success during the pandemic weren’t strangers to struggle and hardship you saw entrepreneurs who gained overnight success just by being themselves. We also saw a lot of people lose their success and not be able to keep up with an unstable time like we saw. So I learned to respect the hard times and learn as much as you can during those times because they count just as much as the winning.

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Sevyn Talbert / Peace 2 the people media

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