It was about a few years ago that we met the young Angelica Bagot aka ‘Gege’. The young female entrepreneur has always had her eye on the next idea whether was in films, content or (currently) social media / digital marketing. Angelica was always looking forward and moving with the times
It was after her first film premiere with her indie superhero film that she went full speed ahead in creating the stories that were not being told, and in doing so setting the groundworks for future projects, opportunities and collaborations to take place. Fast forward to 2018 and there are bigger things ahead for this sassy lady, who has recently taken up the post of Creative Director for Screen Nation, founded her own movement Fempire Collective and working alongside some successful businesses and high profile events in the UK.
It was obvious (and essential) that we would want to speak to this highly successful, fast-moving female entrepreneur to get a dose of her thoughts on the growing interest in Black superheroes, her life of being a female entrepreneur whilst owning and creating her own products and services like a boss and still manage to balance her everyday passion doing what she loves.
1. Hive has recommended you as the Top 21 Black Creatives. Was it as a shock that you were on the list?
Yes omg, one of the highlights of my year and I nearly missed it! The email was sent through to my old email so I happened to be scrolling through my old inbox when I came across the message which mentioned I’d been selected. I was super excited but I had missed the deadline to reply to them. Luckily, someone answered my email back and I was still able to be a part of it. It’s always nice to feel like you’re efforts have been noticed but I also feel like there’s a lot of pressure on young people to ‘be seen’ and that’s largely due to our connection with social media. You can grind in silence, that’s ok too.
“there were NO positive representations of the black male superheroes on television at the time. There were lots of villains, lots of gangsters but no black superheroes. So I decided to create one”
2. Do you think that filmmakers should explore developing their own superheroes rather than what’s already been created?
Since the success of our sci-fi ‘Seventeen,’ we have noticed an increased creativity surrounding Black superheroes on the independent and mainstream platforms. With Black Panther set to release this year and Miles Morales (the first Black Spiderman).
I totally think filmmakers should explore developing their own superheroes if that’s what they’re in to. Science fiction isn’t easy to make as an independent filmmaker, luckily I had a really amazing SFX designer called Duane Valentino who worked with me on the scripts and on set to make sure that we made it all look as realistic as possible. I created ‘Seventeen’ because there were NO positive representations of the black male superheroes on television at the time. There were lots of villains, lots of gangsters but no black superheroes. So I decided to create one. ‘Seventeen’ is so much bigger than the short film I made but my amazing team brought a snippet of that world to life and for me, that was enough. If you want to see it, create it.
3. ‘Black Girl Magic’ & ‘Little Lighty’ are some of your past projects that you created and produced. Could you explain the reason for each project, the process and the outcomes?
Everything I create is a part of me; a part of my story or my passions. Black Girl Magic came about when a friend and I were talking about all of the amazing Black British women that we come across in various industries and wondered why there wasn’t a platform where they were being openly promoted because they deserved that. We’re here clapping for them but we wanted to take it further and let the rest of the world clap for them too. We spoke to some really amazing women; Filmmaker and Director – Destiny Ekaragha, ‘why i no longer talk to white people about race’ author – Reni Eddo-Lodge, Actor, Twerk and Pole studio owner and Inspirational powerhouse – Kelechi Okafor, Actor Emi Essien who had just produced and performed in her one-man show at Edinburgh Fringe and Eva Kolodjeska, she’s an celebrity actors’ coach and the most down to earth woman you will ever meet! All of which who contributed to our conversation about Black British Female awesomeness and the struggles faced in various industries. It was a learning curve for sure.
‘Little Lighty’ on the other hand, came about from one simple phrase that a gentleman decided to shout at me from afar ”You think you’re nice cause you’re a lighty!” I was taken back due to the fact that this stranger had just tried to place me in a box full of stereotypes he had created – I’m not a fan of boxes. These thoughts and feelings manifested into words on a page and after speaking to a few other women, women who were mixed race and were the main culprits of this form of harassment, It became a much bigger story. It went from there.
4. Since you have a strong interest in a film. Any prospects of returning to this field and adapting it to your current professional experience?
Film will always be a part of me and I will always use those skills, whether that applies to photography, social media or content creation. At the moment I’m working hard in a field that I love and working on various side projects. I’m editing my latest short film ‘Little Lighty’ so right now that’s also my main priority.
5. Many people reading this interview may not be aware of your previous creative entrepreneurial achievements and projects. Could you give us some details in terms of who you’ve worked with, projects you have been apart of and/or you’ve created and your current projects in terms of previous clientele?
Sure. I’m a creative entrepreneur (that’s the only title I can think of that covers it). I started off at an amazing indie creative agency in East London as an Office Runner whilst making my own content on the side and then as a Co-ordinator, managing shoots and creating social content with brands such as The Brits, BBC, Oxfam, Penguin Random House and Topman. Now I’m a Social Media Manager; managing and creating commercial social content for some more really cool brand. On the side, I’m the proud founder of Tribal Unicorn, a lifestyle brand aimed at the millennial generation and The Fempire Collective which is a social enterprise full of some badass up and coming and established creatives females. We host unique events and workshops based on building a business and social days out because sometimes you just need that chill time!
6. One of your most recent ventures – The Fempire Collective, is a growing movement that you created. What was the motivation that made you decide to set it up?
I work with a lot of amazing females, and people kept asking me how I do certain things. I noticed there is a massive lack of available information for people who want to start their own business, make their own films, start their own youtube channels or blogs etc and the information is key. There was hardly anything out there supporting the DIY generation and championing female businesses at that. So I gathered together some of my closest friends (and made some great new ones) and together, we created The Fempire Collective – the sassiest, most entrepreneurial sisterhood you’ll ever come across. If you would like to join just subscribe to the website or DM us. We also have a private FB group.
7. Do you think that being a female entrepreneur is a challenge?
Oh, it’s defiantly a struggle. Being an entrepreneur is a struggle, especially if we’re talking about those who don’t have the money handed to them at birth – if you know what I mean. Being a female adds to that struggle because yes gender inequality is still a thing and add being of an ethnic minority to that and you’re pretty much asking for trouble. Haha! The women in The Fempire Collective are all of these things but these things do not define them, their aspirations do. Every win for one individual is a win for all of us and that’s what’s so amazing.
8. Congrats on your newly appointed role at Screen Nation as the Creative Director. How did this come about? What does your role involve and what do you intend to improve upon?
Thank you! I’ve been working with Screen Nation and the Founder Charles Thompson on and off for a couple of years now. I had the honour of being involved in the very first Digital-iS Media Awards and now 3 years later we’ve come full circle. I’m really excited! As the Creative Director of the Digital-iS Awards, I’d like to contribute to the growth and vibrancy of the event. I love what Screen Nation represents.
Screen Nation recognizes those who are aspiring, already established and are doing amazing things. There isn’t anything similar out there.
9. What does Screen Nation mean to you?
Screen Nation means hope, innovation, community and appreciation. That probably sounds super cheesy but that’s what it’s always meant to me.
10. How does Screen Nation actively assist our growth in the Digital industry for young/starting out creatives? Especially those from ethnic minority backgrounds?
Screen Nation has been active for years. We celebrate the best of Black British talent and people make sure that they are at the awards every year without fail because they want to show their support and appreciation. Screen Nation recognizes those who are aspiring, already established and are doing amazing things. There isn’t anything similar out there. The Digital-iS Awards focuses mainly on those who have grown online because that is a massive medium and it should be recognized.
11. a) What can we expect for this year’s Screen Nation DiM since you have come on board?
b) Are there any exclusives/changes that you’d like to reveal for the fourth annual event?
Every year the Screen Nation Digital-iS Media Awards brings something fresh and new. This year we have two amazing hosts Kelechi Okafor and Nii Evans who are sure to light up the room with their powerful personalities and have introduced three new categories. As the online world grows it’s important that we do too and this just gives us the opportunity to show our support to a wider range of creative individuals, which is great! We have a lot going on backstage this year, The Fempire Collective are managing the social accounts for the event so you can be sure to be entertained from every angle not to mention our amazing Red Carpet Hosts – CurltureUK. It truly is going to be a great night.
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