We had the good fortune of connecting with Shey King and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Shey, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
My thought process behind starting First Gen Mag initially funny enough was my way of building a portfolio so that people in the industry would take me seriously. I graduated college with a degree in Political Science and realized a year or so later that I didn’t want to work in law or politics. What that meant was I had no relevant experience in the creative field so I had no legs to stand on when looking to be hired or to even be an intern.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
First Gen is a magazine that represents a voice to all of the behind the scenes workers within the creative in history from songwriters and producers to graphic designers and instrumentalists. I’d say that what sets us apart is that no one really pays attention to that space in a way that is truly deserved. Going into my journey starting a magazine and finding my footing in the creative industry turned out to be one of the hardest year and a half of my life. I wasn’t sure what was going to come out of it and if I was going to be able to sustain a living doing it. I’d say for anyone looking to get into the creative industry just don’t give up and keep pushing and don’t let anyone tell you that your skill and your talent is not good enough.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
In Miami specifically there was a little coffee shop called ‘The Alchemist’ in Wilton Manors. It’s a really cute area great for photos and also really good to go with a friend. Also, if you have the time taking a trip down to the Keys is some thing that I would recommend for a group of friends or two friends to do at some point. Something my friends and I used to do when I was in college was barhopping in Fort Lauderdale. There was a bar called El Camino that had the coolest bartenders with the best prices for drinks and food.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I of course have to thank my family. My mom was very encouraging about all of it and my aunt and dad were right along with her. On the professional side I would say a huge thank you to Victoria, my Co Founder who helped me to realize my new passion in life and stuck by me through it all. More recently I’d give a big thank you to Bosco an amazing singer and creative for seeing potential in me that most industry people didn’t.