We had the good fortune of connecting with Mykel “MeekFro” Trent and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mykel “MeekFro”, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I really cannot see myself dwelling in any other field…I choose to pursue a creative career for a few reasons. Everything is art, whether we want to face it or not. We are all creators. A creator is someone or something who brings something into existence. Some of us create art, visions, ideas, inventions, humans (mothers), bonds, laws, ways, on and on. This world cannot ruin smoothly without creations. Really, the creative field chose me. From a young age until now, I’ve realized creativity is the air I breathe constantly. I love all things creative, but I’ve been pursing my love of video creating. Documenting (for myself or brands) to leave a mark, to inspire, to uplift, to provoke therapy, to be therapeutic, to storytell, to heal, to break down, to feel, to not just survive but to live and be present in every moment. Creating allows time to stand still. Whatever we create, it’s forever…and If one does their best to destroy what was created, it will still live on in someone’s mind in its most authentic form.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I create content for a living. I do photography, videos, creative consulting, creative directing, brand management, hair-styling, modeling, and more. I really don’t ever focus on what makes me different. I’m just me. I might have heard how I’m different, but it catches me by surprise no matter how much I hear it. I’m constantly told about my aura. I’m told my aura is attractive and being in my presence is calming and peaceful. Even those who simply watch my videos and have never met me a day in life, their testimonies match up just the same. I just focus on being the best me I can be, and that’s what sets me apart I guess. My photography, my video creations, my creations all help tell a story. These stories let people know they’re not alone. I vow to always be vulnerable and open to my audiences via video for the exact reason. I want people to know they’re not alone and that it is okay to speak their truth. I’m most excited about how far I’ve come on social media. My platforms are growing, I’ve collected lovely business relationships, friends, supporters, etc. I’m looking forward to working with even bigger brands. None of what I’m doing would be possible if my mom hadn’t have bought my first professional camera when I was younger. This really lit a fire in me that hasn’t burned out. It never was easy but always enjoyable. There are times where I doubted myself and felt like all of this was a waste but I continued to look back at my older creations and remained inspired. I’ve learned that everyone is not for you. You can’t see the beauty in everything and everyone. Always remember your worth. Learn your worth and then continue to heighten it. People and brands will try to low ball you, but standing firm and believing in your work will take you a long way. Lastly, always improve yourself. Always. Compete with yourself. I want the world to know that I’m here.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
Well, I’m an animal and food lover. Sheesh. I would buy a Go Miami pass for plenty of included activities. I like tourist things. Always have. Monday: Go to Little Havana for Cuban Food: Versailles. I love their oxtails. Explore Bayside Marketplace. Catch Big Bus Tour. Stop at desired Big Bus tour stops. End the night with a rooftop dinner at Juvia or E11evn. Tuesday: Eat at Big Pink. Museum hopping. Jet boat Miami. Millionaire Row Boat Tour. Hire photographer for professional photoshoots on beach. Go to Fat Tuesday for drinks. Pole fitness classes at Kitty Kat Pole. Wednesday: Lunch at South Beach Burger King (YESSSS BURGER KING. BECAUSE THEY SERVE BEER AT THAT ONE. OK.) Painting with a twist (paint and sip). Miami night tour. Dinner cruise. Thursday: Lunch on South Beach Ocean Drive. Sugar Factory. Art Deco walking tour. Kayaking. Cooking class near Wynwood. Window shop at Fontainebleau. Race Go carts at K1 Speed. Wine tasting. Friday: Light lunch at Tap Tap for Haitian food. Swimming with the dolphins at Miami Seaquarium; Tour Seaquarium. Poetry Slam event on Biscayne. Evening/Night on Ocean Drive South Beach. Saturday: Order breakfast room service. Pub crawl Cycle party (drink and peddle through Wynwood or Coconut Grove and stop at bars) ; Jungle Island; Nail/Pedicures. Sunday: Brunch at Bonefish Grill. Volleyball on the beach. Relax on beach. Shop at Lincoln Road for club attire. Club Liv.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Many individuals have contributed to what I am, but my parents (Mr. and Mrs Stapleton) have invested the most into me. They believed in me and still do. I do not know where I’d be without them. Also, giving honor to God, the ultimate Creator. I love You.
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