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Meet Brandon Ballard of Southside

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brandon Ballard. Them and their team share their story with us below:

When Brandon Ballard formed Follow Twice in 2017, the vision to create a mentoring program for Black student-athletes and promoting their career development (outside the world of athletics) as a for-profit need to be realized.

His goal was visionary: Be the bridge for black student-athletes as they seek to merge their academic, athletic and networking prowess into one professional package. The strategy to reach this goal was shaped with a unique combination of social media marketing and Brandon’s collegiate athletic experience. On social media, Follow Twice featured stories on former and current Black student-athletes who were identified to be ‘Leaders of the New School’; which supported and empowered a variety of Black student-athletes from 2017 to 2020.

When the NCAA in 2019, announced they were ‘directing the three divisions to pursue rules changes that will permit student-athletes to more easily benefit from the use of their name, image or likeness,’ Brandon knew it was time to transition from philanthropy to social enterprise. Under the aforementioned principles, Ballard’s development working inside of collegiate athletics structured Follow Twice. To undertake the venture capitalism process, providing the expected return measured in increased Black student-athletes graduation rates and connections made through the platform.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
He says building this path to achievement didn’t come easy and there’s always been transitional periods of listening and gaining knowledge in his adult life. For the last 5 years, He’s managed to land jobs across the country working with whom the government now has identified to be ‘Essential Workers.’ His background in essential work is one that provides services for all mankind with experiences ranging from high quantity blue collar workloads in factories to delivering meals to at least 30,000 doors across the country. Granted these services were mostly rewarded with low hourly pay and tips, working with these individuals has been the real reward. The reward: Diversity of thought.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
As he continues to reside in Jacksonville and operate out of Seattle, where collective social conscience reigns supreme, he wants to visit your organization to share his story and to talk about “the power and importance of sharing your story or expertise in the form of a cartoon. He talks to aspiring artists in every city he visits, and thinks it would be powerful for you to see the impact Follow Twice can make on the next generation.

Alright, before we go, can you talk to us a bit about how people can work, collaborate, or support you?
Why do you need Follow Twice, LLC? Consultation For $60, you will receive a consultation with Maxwell Management for (30 minutes.)

There are three types of offers you can have:
(1) Strategy – this is where the client has Maxwell Management directing them with the strategy of what to do and where to go.
(2) Service Referrals – find the right entity for executing whatever the client needs, whether content development, website fixes, and more.
(3) Combination strategy/services – Follow Twice does the strategy and then some of the work while relying on the client’s team to execute on other parts that Follow Twice does not offer themselves. The 30-minute consultation call will inform the client of all the complexities in financial growth. The NCAA’s Name, Image, and Likeness ruling will provide:

  • Marketing & Branding
  • Contracts & Conference Calls
  • Content Creation§ Solutions to problems
  • What It Means to Be an Entrepreneur and more.

Artists can also collaborate by participating in the Follow Twice: G.I. BAD ( Media Franchise).

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

  • Are you ready to pledge allegiance to G.I. BAD?
  • Do you want to let the world know of a demon affecting a veteran you love?

G.I. BAD serves to shake the demons of PTSD loose from all veterans. Send us a letter:
G.I. BAD
​PO Box 551228
Jacksonville, FL 32255

Assignment: Mentees pick 1 out of the 12 Holy Bible Battles to dive into and depict what G.I. BAD & Doc Watts would do to save warriors from the Death NET. [An Evil organization that wants to re-write history, championing all wars to enslave all the ANCESTORS.] Along with specific samples outlined here, send any published or other samples that may aid our decision. Write a brief cover letter outlining any pertinent background information and other information you would like to bring to our attention, such as past comics-related experience and how much time was spent on each page or painting.

Keep in mind that submissions are not returnable, so send copies only. Do not send original art. Put your name, address, and phone number (day and evening) on all pages of your submission package. Do not call to inquire about your submissions; replies are often from letters.

Writers, send your submissions to Jaz Ann Arbor.
Pencilers, Inkers, and Painters, send your submissions to Dap Washington
Colorists and letterers, send your submissions to Marquette Watts
Therapeutic ‘Expressive Writing’ Letters, send your submissions to G.I. BAD
Veteran – Length: 500 words (min) – 7,000 words (max).
Active Duty – Length: 500 words (min) – 2,500 words (max).
Civilian – Length: 250 words (min) – 500 words (max).

Pricing:

  • $60 Consultation
  • $14.99 Membership
  • $56 Autographed Graphic Novel
  • $9.99 Online Book (Amazon)
  • $12.99 Graphic Novel

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@shooterinthetown

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