April 22, 2014
5 for 5 Student Spotlight: The Hip-Hop Professional wants you to meet Heather L Guy:
Q: What’s your major/area of interest and what school do you attend?
A: I am a Theatre and Dance major at Grinnell College. As far as my area of interests, I love every aspect of the entertainment industry. I am fascinated by everything that goes into the creation of a production. From producing to hosting, I am working on mastering all parts of the process.
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:I am currently the PR specialist for both a clothing line: Rio Clothing Company and a Chicago hip hop artist: Zekey Boy Da Man. There are a lot of new beginnings happening for my clients right now. Zekey [ZBDM] just released a hot new single with Katie Got Bandz, entitled: “I Do What I Want”. It’s hot! Hot New Hip Hop many other blogs have picked it up. Rio [www.RioClothingCo.com] has just released their new line: Seven in recognition of the line’s anniversary and home going of the founding members younger brother Mario McRoyal who was tragically killed in a car accident right after graduating from high school in 2007. His life was an inspiration to all, so in his memory, Rio Clothing Company (formerly known as FINAOrio Failure is Not an Option when you are Real Initiative Oriented) was founded. I am very proud to be on ZBDM and Rio’s team. On campus, I am apart of Concerned Black Students organization as well as my school’s NAACP chapter. I am also on the SGA concerts committee. As well, in 2011 I at the mere age of 19, I worked as an Associate Producer for one of Chicago’s finest television companies: Flair TV Inc. At Flair, I produced and set up interviews with celebrities such as NBA Basketball Player Shannon Brown, Michael Finley, Jon B, Carl Thomas, K. Michelle, Tony Roberts, Juelz Santana, and many more. In my sophomore year of college, I produced my own show entitled, “The Heather LaVonne Guy Show” where I hosted interviews with celebrities such as rock/jazz pianist Elew, hip hop artist Fat Tony and hip hop group BBU and many more. I have also choreographed for and performed in dance showcases at both Grinnell & Spelman College and worked on some of their major theatrical productions including stage crew for Grinnell College’s main-stage production of Sunday in the Park with George and wardrobe design crew for Spelman College’s main-stage production of Real Women Have Curves. Just recently in 2013, I made my directorial debut in Grinnell College’s Annual One-Act Festival with the direction of one-act play, entitled, “The Unwanted” by Walter Wykes.
Q: How hard is it being a student and balancing the work you do towards your career goal?
A: Very challenging. I just also recently took the GRE and applied to the M.A. program for Mass Communications at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. The GRE preparation period and application process was so tiring. I did my best. I can only pray and hope for the best. Everything is a process but I am determined to stick it out.
Q:What are your top social media platforms that you use and why?
A: My top social media platforms that I use are Hoot suite, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram because a variety of minds have access to all of these social platforms. One post or tweet can influence many and all five are very crucial when it comes to promotion and networking.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
A: In 5 years, I see myself as a successful PR specialist living humbly in Atlanta, Georgia.