New York - GRAMMY U Breaking Into The Business With Complex

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By: Molly Chapman / GRAMMY U New York Chapter Student Representative

Complex isn’t just a magazine or a website; it’s a voice for youth culture and one of the most prominent media platforms around. On February 27th, GRAMMY U members got to learn about the inner workings of Complex from three people who have contributed greatly to the company’s success. At the Complex office in NYC, GRAMMY U members sat down in an intimate Q&A with Nadeska Alexis, a news anchor and moderator and Executive Producer of Complex’s daily debate show “Everyday Struggle”; Speedy Morman, the host of Complex Live, Don’t Believe the Hype, Price the Hype, and Jobs Unlisted; and Brandon ‘Jinx’ Jenkins, the founding anchor of Complex Video.

All three panelists spoke to the art of the interview, whether it is on the red-carpet of an awards show or backstage at an artist’s concert. It is imperative that you are prepared -- compile extensive research and understand whom you are going to interview in order to receive the best content. Brandon ‘Jinx’ Jenkins shared his view on his work: everything is an investment, not a transaction. Keep putting your full effort into everything you do, because you never know when that hard work will return a profit.

One GRAMMY U member wanted to know how the panelists, all experienced interviewers, get connected with artist’s publicists in order to secure an interview. Alexis, Morman, and Jenkins all agreed that it’s about getting connected and becoming familiar. Speedy Morman shared an analogy: you start going to this local bagel shop, and you keep going until you’ve reached the point where the owner knows your bagel order. After you’ve connected with someone, stay connected.

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