Today we’d like to introduce you to Camerae’ Burton.
So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I got my start as an R&B/Gospel artist hopeful, simply wanting to learn how to record and produce my own music. I started performing and uploading my content on YouTube and quickly realized I wanted more. After changing my major from Music Education to Mass Communication, I realized I wanted to be a personality and create digital content for Black men and women focusing on the Black female experience. But what did that mean? How would I do that? I was young, ya know? Dating, working and going to class in between all of that. I worked as a YMCA leader for an after-school program at a local middle school and really developed a strong bond with my students. I developed a step team and really started to get real about what I wanted in life. My students challenged me to be better the same way I challenged them to be. Because of them, I set out to get serious about my life. I asked myself why I was in college, I asked what was my plan, and finally I asked who are you doing this for? I had transferred four times, changed my major, and still couldn’t figure out exactly what I wanted to do. Little did I know, my profession and destiny wasn’t a traditional one.
I decided to enlist in the Air Force to buy myself some time to figure out what I wanted. My grandparents are retired Air Force and my parents are retired Army, so this wasn’t too far fetched. The Air Force helped me find myself and organize my thoughts. The Air Force was a fresh start! It allowed me the time to refocus myself. I enjoyed serving my country, learning to lead, and meeting new people. I set clear goals of finishing school, revamping my brand, and going on to Graduate School after my enlistment. So I did just that. In just four years, I earned an Associates in HR management from the Community College of the Air Force, a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from University of Texas of the Permian Basin, I relaunched CameraeMusicTV with a new logo and new segments, and was admitted into The Graduate School at Texas Southern University, where I went on to study Professional Communication with an emphasis in Digital Media.
I believe in developing your own path and your own pace. I have a supportive family who gave me the tools to be successful, but I wasn’t able to fully appreciate that until I really took an interest in figuring out who I was and what I wanted. I had to ask myself even in a place where everyone else was doing something else, “what do you want? what fulfills you?” Most content creators don’t have a road map. We don’t have people we can look to and say ok this is what it takes to become this and here are all the boxes I need to check. It’s only, just now, becoming an actual job. So we had to figure it out. We had to know to post consistently and develop our own following.
Today, I am a couple of days from earning my Master of Arts degree in Professional Communication with an emphasis in Digital Media at Texas Southern University, where I defended the official website for CameraeMusicTV (www.cameraemusictv.com). I am happily married to my best friend of two years and teaching eager 6th graders in North Houston.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Content Creators have a tough job. We create, create, and create just to receive only a few views here or a few followers there. It’s much more about exposure and getting your content out there, unfortunately. I used to wish my content would go viral right away or that I had millions of subscribers and followers but I learned that we must always be practicing and perfecting our craft so that we’re prepared when the opportunity comes.
It can be hard to produce consistent content and the idea of juggling work, school, my personal life, and my business makes it that much harder. There have been late nights, falling asleep while editing videos after working on a paper and lesson planning for class the next day. There have been countless hours poured into editing videos, just for it to only get a few views. I’ve even spent time having pity parties because I didn’t have the same amount of followers/subscribers as others around me.
Struggles and obstacles are what make the journey. They are the reasons why I’m so thankful and grateful for the journey. Nothing in life will be a smooth ride, I don’t even like smooth peanut butter lol.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with CameraeMusicTV – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
CameraeMusicTV is a media hub for clean conscious content for the Black woman. We produce TV & Movie Commentary on popular shows and films important to the Black community and culture, Music Reviews, a Word of the Day, a Social Issues Podcast called #JTFIO Jus Tryna Figure It Out, and a weekly Vlog with Black feminist and equality driven rhetoric. We also have merch available on the website.
As a company, I am most proud of our ability to advocate for the Black community and challenge our ways of thinking. We pride ourselves on being positive, educational, informative, and entertaining.
We are slightly different from other websites because we merge pop culture with theory and rhetoric. We challenge ways of thinking and still entertain. We champion the Black women and equality and uplift the Black man while still holding both parties accountable. We are small, but ambitious and want to create something for little black boys and girls to aspire to be like.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
In the future, we will offer exclusive content for followers via Patreon for a small $1-$10/month fee. We will also open a Recreation & Production company in the city of Houston. This center will provide production services, mentor youth and young adults, recreational activities, internships for potential content creators, and provide technology training.
- Website: www.cameraemusictv.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cameraemusictv
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cameraemusictv
- Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/cameraemusictv
- Other: https://anchor.fm/jtfio