ATTENTION all 80’s babies & fanatics, are you guys ready for this week’s totally bitchin’ LYM feature?! I’m like so psyched to present one of my rad friends, Jahleel and his dope YouTube channel dedicated to everything 80s. So, don’t be a dweeb & read all about his killer work below…
(LOL, okay I’m done with the 80’s lingo)
“Even if we come from unfortunate environments, success has no prejudice to hard work and aspiration.“
Who is Jahleel? Tell us about yourself…
I was born in 1983 in Queens, NY. I am the 5th child of 7 children and the oldest brother. I’m an entrepreneur, a screenplay & unpublished writer, and most importantly a father.
Tell me about the “That’s So 80’s” Youtube Channel and how’d you come up with the concept of creating videos?
That’s So 80’s is a channel that is dedicated to everything about the 80’s, especially the
music, movies and pop culture. With such a large following and group of 80’s followers
on Instagram and Facebook, I saw the need to get more videos out to people who miss
the 80’s and also the next generation that may have missed the 80’s and want to know
more about that era.
What is it about the 80s era that you find so fascinating?
It was an era of many innovations from hair styles and technology to the debut of many
artists that came and eventually took over a music genre. It was a time of partying
coming off of the carefree 70’s, but also awareness was starting to take place and
celebrities and musicians began to speak up socially more often.
What is your favorite 80s trend and why?
The B-Boy trend of break dancing is my favorite trend, however I know it is not the most
popular among general 80’s fans. But I love the leather pants and Adidas, the high top
fades and dance moves that came with break dancing.
What do you like most about creating these videos and what kind of impact are you making with your audience?
I love the research part of the video (remembering and reminiscing about the past),
learning stuff I may have missed growing up young through the 80’s and passing on that
knowledge to everyone else in the 80’s community. I want to keep a lot of the memories
of a lot of celebrities and artists alive today and remind the masses of the influence that
the 80’s had on today.
How do you determine what type of content you’ll be putting out? Is it more of a spontaneous idea or do you usually brainstorm?
I like to look into what is happening in entertainment at the time as well as looking for
any certain anniversary dates or things that may be on fans minds, like a 25th
edition album. I currently have a list of over 150 plus topics that I want to put out. I normally brainstorm the process of what I want to work on next as well as plan out and storyboard my video ideas, anywhere from 1-2 weeks.
What is your professional goal and how have you progressed?
My professional goal is to make the channel a full-time channel and upload 5-10 videos a month, at the least. I am in the process of mastering my schedule and editing speed so
that I can upload more often. This brings me to the second part of my professional goal
in staffing a 3-5 team crew of editors, voice actors, producers, writers, etc.
What role do you have in society and/or how do you wish to contribute?
I hope to contribute first by spreading the knowledge of the 80’s and by doing so gather
like-minded people of all diversity and background. The love and joy of the 80’s should
still be felt throughout society, and with the added advantage of social media I hope to
help fill that role.
Explain a time where you’ve used talents to inspire the community and how do you hope to keep doing so?
I hope my example of following one of my dreams in producing this channel and helping it grow, will allow me to get my foot in the door to meet and mingle with decision makers to share my ideas. I also want to inspire people who don’t believe they can do what they dream of. Even if we come from unfortunate environments, success has no prejudice to hard work and aspiration.
Lastly, what is the best piece advice you can give in life?
The most cliché but the truest advice would be to continue to chase your dreams no
matter how long it takes or how distorted it may have gotten over the years. Use all
mistakes made as lessons and learn to appreciate the mistakes as learning tools and not
things to hinder you from chasing your aspirations.
Yo dude, you should like totally follow his work to keep up with the 80s :
Instagram : so80svideos
Facebook : ThatsSo80sVideos
Patreon: That’s So 80’s
To Jahleel: I appreciate you for keeping one of the best eras alive but I mostly thank you for the opportunity to allow me to share your wonderful concept! You’ve not only acted like a big bro since the beginning but have been a positive inspiration to me. It was just less than a year ago when we were sharing ideas about our personal projects and I’m very happy to see everything coming along! I can’t wait to see your success and for you to accomplish your goals! I’m forever thankful for your kind words & motivation and just know you’ll always have my support!
Lastly, I’ll leave you guys with two of my favorite 80’s song :
What do YOU love about the 80’s? Let me know in the comments below!
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