March 3, 2014
5 for 5 Student Spotlight: The Hip-Hop Professional wants you to meet Drew P. Brown (Syracuse University)
Q: What’s your major/area of interest and what school do you attend?
A: Every since a young kid I was interested in radio and how someone’s voice could be heard by so many people all from inside a studio. Also, I have always loved to watch movies and was fascinated in how movies were made. So when I was looking at which college I wanted to attend it was a necessity that the school that I went to had to have a major that incorporated both radio and television. When I came to visit Syracuse University I absolutely fell in love with it and it had the major that was perfect for me. Currently I am a sophomore at Syracuse University studying Television, Radio, and Film in the S.I. Newhouse School of Communication.
Q: What are some of your current projects or activities that you are engaged in on campus? Also, have you completed any beneficial internships/summer programs?
A: This past summer I got a chance to intern at V103 radio station in Atlanta working with the Ryan Cameron Morning show. While interning on the morning shoe I would wake up extra early to help find stories and/or find facts about the guest coming into the show. After watching Ryan Cameron do his thing and do his show I knew I wanted to do the same. At the beginning of my sophomore year a friend and I created our own and the only Hip Hop radio show in Syracuse, “Kings of Cuse”. I am also on the executive board of the Student Hip Hop Organization, SHHO. SHHO has become an institution and creative platform for students and artists to gain experience and find opportunity in their individual passions, strives to promote higher learning through hip-hop. Lastly, because of my love of sports I am a student manager with the SU Football team.
Q: How hard is it being a student and balancing the work you do towards your career goal?
A: Being a student at a big university does have its obstacles but it is about good time management. You have to know when to party and when to study. The best part about going to large university is all the people you meet and finding people with the same interest as you. Being apart of the Student Hip Hop Org it allows me to meet other hip-hop heads around campus.
Q: Have you had any good mentors helping you along the way?
A: Ryan Cameron has been a person that I have grown up listening to on the radio and has given me advice over the years. My mother has always been there to support me in whatever I do, and I have never forgotten what my father instilled in me ever since I was a child. Shanti Das has been there to answer questions that I have about the industry because I know she has lived and experience in the entertainment industry.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
A: In five years, I see myself graduated from Syracuse University, living in Los Angeles working in entertainment whether it be through radio or film production. Some goals of mine are to run a music label and work on a feature film.