Reem'o Meerak is a media personality, producer, and editor from New York. We recently caught up with him to learn about his start in media, how being an educator affects his work as a Creative and what's next for his brand.
When did you first get into media and what are some lessons you've learned along the way?
I first entered Media around 2012, as a guest co-host on a show called “Voices Uncut Radio” on Damatrix Studios Network located in the Bronx, NY. After a few guest appearances and co-hosting, I started to research media personalities that inspired me (“Fab 5” Freddy, Angie Martinez, Michael Baisden, Tori “Star” Torrain, Sway Calloway, and Ed Lover), and also did some research about the podcast industry while touching base with people I networked with previously in 2007 when I first began acting and modeling.
In my media career, I've learned to stay within my lane, be heavily consistent, research tremendously, focus on the content, and stay focused no matter what happens outside of your brand. YES, we are in times where morals, principles, and love are limited and often times lacking due to social media and technology which makes conventional communication (speaking, listening, and overall communicating techniques) a “Lost Art”. But you owe it to yourself, as well as your growing fan base, to have a BRAND that sticks out and makes an IMPACT.
What inspires you to create?
What inspires me to create is the motivation to take my creations to the next level. Early last year, I started growing a passion for videography & filming while taking courses at Manhattan Neighborhood Network. I took 'Field Production' & 'Video Editing' which were really affordable courses. Learning the editing program of Adobe Premiere CC was not an issue as I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science. I also learned the different techniques of Field Production with the Sony NX-5U, which is a dope camera for someone who wants to start out filming. Despite being a fan of the craft for quite some time, I always had the urge to be in front of the camera. In my early years of acting and modeling, I started becoming fascinated with set productions & photo shoot studios but never imagined I would be drawn to being behind the camera like I am NOW. The thrill of being in the field and filming is so intense that there are times I have ideas flashing in my head while I’m sleeping and it becomes difficult to go back to sleep.
Also working in education as a Crisis Dean/Paraprofessional with the youth encourages very intuitive visions and stories I want to create, as well as what I want to strategically prepare for my upcoming projects. I wish 11 years ago when I started in the entertainment industry someone would have told me that this “addiction” to the “DRUG” of filming would have been this amazing. I may not have started out acting and modeling....lol.
Some would say you got your start in media in an 'unconventional' way since you didn't go to school for it nor did you start out interning as many Creatives do. What is some advice you would give to a Creative who is looking to become involved in media but didn't go to school for it and may not be able ( or interested) in doing an internship?
The advice I would give to a Creative who's looking to get into media would be to take your time with your content, stay true to your routine, make sure to be up to date with your information, and steadily maintain your technique. From podcasting to television producing, I make sure to stay within my routine. My routine consists of watching other shows and media platforms, constantly talking in the mirror (YES, I know weirdo...lol) to test my vocal tone and mannerisms, looking at my previous work to catch the weaknesses and turn them into strengths, as well as maintaining the fun I can have while creating content. Also, look into Public Access Networks to get a start in television production. They give you the opportunity to create your own independent content that airs on cable networks and streams on the internet. Plus schooling for journalism, film production, or television production are key because you are learning hands-on about techniques from professionals vs. going to a social media platform/D.I.Y. video where there's a less hands-on approach to learn similar techniques.
What's next for Reemo?
What's next for the REEM'O MEERAK Brand will be venturing into the next steps of my craft with creating music videos. I also want to start doing film/movie projects including my 1st Documentary which I aim to start filming around 4th Quarter 2018 after I finish the documentary courses I will be taking in the fall. I plan to speak on more panel forums with the youth, future creatives, and upcoming entrepreneurs while still producing my television shows along with doing videographer work for a few independent Hip Hop artists and Social Media stars.
In February 2018 I returned to the podcast scene as a co-host on CityRokRadio.com which airs Sundays from 7-9PM. Shiddddddddddd, mess around and just might get back to the acting/modeling scene. MANGGGGGGGGG, you just don't know when it comes to......REEM'O MEERAK!!!!!!
Follow to keep up with Reem'o Meerak on social media platforms:
IG : @reemo_meerak & Twitter: @reemo_meerak
IG: @themeerakbrand_productions (Media Production Page) Snapchat: @iamreemomeerak
Facebook Fan Page: ReemTV: "Get Serious" TV