Gangster Girls Blogger Brian Perry of CNN sat down with the film industry’s newest gangster writer Brandy Coke for a one on one to discuss her business and film career.
Brandy is an international marketer, entrepreneur and writer who is now using her skills to launch a new screenwriting career.
Her career began at an early age in the music industry and she has since worked with many artists, most of which whom now have achieved both national and international fame.
Most would describe Brandy as beautiful, cool, and extremely down to earth with a no non-sense demeanor.
She is currently involved in various independent film ventures and also lends her talents to various lifestyle publications.
She is the owner of The Social Mob LLC, a marketing and networking company based out of Atlanta. She is also the lead screenwriter for Femme Fatale Films, an all female screenwriting team.
All in all, Brandy Cavalli Coke is a young power player in business and she is quickly positioning herself to become a sought after writer in the independent film world.
Tell me a little bit about your organization The Social Mob LLC.
The Social Mob LLC is “my baby”. I started the group as a fun way to socialize with like-minded associates on Facebook. The purpose of the group was to encourage one another to “get money”. I wanted to start a group that we could “mob” together and have a place to share our thoughts with others of the same mentality. It became a “business” kind of by default.
Why did you choose the name “The Social Mob”?
The name came from the group, and I didn’t want to change from a branding aspect, it’s really a unique organization. “Mob” actually means “Money, Opportunities, Business”. Its kind of ‘underground’, not your typical organization.
What is the company’s mission of The Social Mob LLC?
The mission of “The Mob” is provide a networking canvas for young entrepreneurs that also encourages community involvement among young people. We partner with the Young Entrepreneurs Network to mentor college students looking to become entrepreneurs. The ‘moneyops’ team which is an outside marketing team, headed by myself, that provides marketing support for various products, organizations, and companies. In all, The Social Mob is a cluster of all things business and entertainment. We now have about 20-25 affiliates and outside marketing/sales associates. We recently launched FEMME Fatale Films. Its a lot of fun. It’s truly my passion. Lots of fun projects in store!
Why do they call you the IL Capitana?
IL Capitana is a name the was given to me by my Italian cousins. (Brandy’s great grandfather was an Italian wine maker and entrepreneur).
IL CAPO means “the boss or captain” in Italian so IL Capitana means “the female captain”.
I’ve noticed that you also have a charity called The Prettie Committee? Tell me a little bit about that organization.
Yes! My charity provides clothing and accessories for displaced women and young girls. We partner with many local shelters to raise donations and awareness in the community. We try to focus on women that were displaced due to “the lifestyle” and provide resources for the mothers to escape the streets and become productive members of society. We collect trendy clothing that the women can wear to job interviews, church, and other important functions. Appearance can really do alot to raise a woman’s self-esteem and we want to provide the best wardrobes possible to encourage self motivation and esteem.
What made you decide to get into charity work?
Philanthropy is something that is very dear to me. My mother is a lifelong philanthropist and humanitarian and its something that she instilled in me as a young child. I also wanted to give to the community because I feel that I am extremely blessed and feel it is necessary to spread your blessings around to others in a less fortunate position. In all, I just wanted to find a way to giveback to causes that relate to me.
I know that you come from a certain “lifestyle”, tell me a little about your past life.
Well, actually I came from a good home, my mother is a strong, powerful and educated woman. I ended up involved in the street lifestyle due to my choices in men. Personally, I have always been a feisty go-getter and fiercely independent, for that reason I’ve always attracted the bad boys. I started my career in marketing at age 17, even though I’ve always dated a certain kind of guy, I’ve always maintained my OWN identity and career goals. It was somewhat a double life. At work I was a professional and outside of work I dwelled in the underbelly, it was very much a contrast of two worlds.
So you would say you were inducted into the lifestyle, rather than born into it?
I wouldn’t say inducted because I come from a large family of hustlers and gangsters. My uncles and cousins are all street guys so honestly, it was a natural transition for me. I was always a rebel child so it was very easy to fall into the lifestyle but I did not see crime in my household growing up. My first REAL boyfriend was in the ‘streetlife’ and he was alot older than me, so he taught me alot and I took it from there. I jumped headfirst into the life once I left my mother’s house at age 17. At the time I really had no idea what I was getting into, it was a world-wind and I was the ultimate party girl, looking for fun.
Do you have any regrets?
Not really “regrets”, just lessons learned. I would have made some different choices but ultimately my choices are what makes me who I am. What I have been through has made me the strong person I am so I could not say “regret” I would say I would choose different for my children (when I have them). That’s why I try to talk to these young girls and guide them into another direction. I was lucky (BLESSED) to make it out and I want to save as many young women as I can. If I had not experienced the things I did, then I would have no story to tell them.
I know that you spent many years trapped in the lifestyle. How easy or hard was it to transition out of the lifestlye?
It was an easy transition in and a VERY difficult transition out of the lifestyle. You become accustomed to the money, the trips, the diamonds, the cars, the houses, the condos, the power and before you know it, you have spent years trapped in the circle.
Again, I always seem to attract this same kind of guy. After going through questioning, (Story Here) I decided enough was ENOUGH and if I wanted to save my life I would have to make drastic changes. I threw myself into my business and school and that was what helped me to get my mind in another direction, as well as ALOT of prayer and counseling.
Do you have any advice to women still in the lifestyle?
My advice is to position and transition out. It’s not going to be an easy process but it is worth it. I almost found myself in federal prison due to the lifestyle and that forced me to make a choice. There are many community outreach programs and churches that will provide resources, but my advice is to save yourself because no one else will. Once the man is gone, be it to jail or (God forbid) worse, us women are always forced to take care of ourselves and families.. and they will be able to do so.
Part 2 of this interview will be on From A Socialite To The Mob