Real life through reel life. We tell stories of ordinary people doing the extraordinary.
As the author of two Published Books, Producer of a Podcast show and owner of The Creative Outsiders, Shivawn is doing her part to make sure that voices are being represented throughout various mediums in media.
After, attending film school for screenwriting Shivawn assisted in developing and implementing the visual brand and identity of many businesses. Since committing to her filmmaking career she has gone on to work on production teams that have won several filmmaking awards.
Shivawn launched The Creative Outsiders in 2016 to connect the dots for storytellers. As a speaker Shivawn focuses on developing the voice of other storytellers, using your influence as a Christian Filmmaker and the mental health wellness of creatives.
Meet The Team
Erica (who also goes by EJay) Johnson knew from a young age that she wanted to do a multitude of things with her life but that they would center around teaching and visuals. As she grew and had more opportunities, Erica realized that she didn’t have to stick to just one thing so that is what she did. Combining her love and skills in videography/photography and teaching entrepreneurs how to be self-sufficient in video/photo while they build their budgets she has continued to walk in her purpose while using the skills to help those around her and connected to her has been the most rewarding experience of the past 10 years of my life.
After Graduating from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2013, Gynai began working with The West Angeles Church Of God In Christ as a videographer. Not content with juggling only one gig she continued to pursue working with various creatives in and around LA and began working with and documenting artists’ processes as they created their albums, prepared for their first shows, and went through life. In 2015 she decided to move to New York to further pursue her passion in film and attended New York Film Academy for their one year documentary program. With her documentary films, Gynai’s goal is to inspire and entertain her audience. She is now a freelance filmmaker and editor based in Brooklyn, NY
A Philadelphia PA native, she started in the arts as a child and has explored various creative lanes from being talent to technical staff. A graduate of The Community College of Philadelphia, Fann earned her degree in digital video production. Fann not only has a passion but a flare for providing exceptional production support through strategic planning, logistics organization, and personable liaising across the aisles of talent and tech. Credited as writer, director, producer and lead actor, Fann completed her first short film in 2018.
Jessica started her filmmaking career after a nudge from her friend who asked for help on set as a Production Assistant. From there she was quickly taught the workings of a camera, lights, and sound. By the end of the project she shot and directed a scene for the first time. Through fantastic mentors, she’s worked on projects such as Iris Bolling’s series “The Heart”, Beverly Jenkins’ “Deadly Sexy”, Shivawn Mitchell’s “Lifting Crowns”, and Nikkea Sharee’s “Hostile”. Being behind the camera is like therapy for Jessica.
A New York native, Terri is considered a “hyphen” in entertainment. She has won several awards for writing, film-making and working within the community. These awards include Who’s Who’s in American University and Colleges and the distinguished B’nai B’rith Award for community service. Terri holds a Masters degree in Media Management from Regent University and is continuing her education at Regent as a doctoral student for strategic leadership. She is an accomplished speaker and has spoken at community programs and Sunday and youth services. Terri has also worked with several non profit organizations as a development associate. After taking time off from creative endeavors, Terri has returned and has new projects in development.
Zuri Romeo – Intern
Zuri Romeo, a graduating high school Senior from West Palm Beach, FL. She’s attending Spelman College in the Fall to major in Documentary Filmmaking. She’s always had a passion for telling others people’s stories and wants to use her degree to share these stories on a global platform. She’s also a photographer and graphic designer.