Creative Content Producer 

Briant wells 

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Briant recently graduated from SDSU with his MA in English and Comparative Literature where he also began teaching. During his time at SDSU, he worked as an embedded writing tutor, instructional student-assistant, and was the professor of record for four rhetoric-composition courses and one literature course. In addition, he has interned with the Mammoth Mountain Community Foundation, a nonprofit, in his home town of Mammoth Lakes. He specializes in content creation, copy writing, online marketing campaigns, curriculum building, and education advocating. Currently, he is the Creative Content Producer for TCA and is excited to begin pursuing writing, marketing, and sales careers post-grad.

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Professional Path and Goals

I have dedicated my work and life to empowering others through education and access. In my academic career as well as my work in nonprofits, I work to challenge the status quo and help others develop their creative and critical thinking and writing skills. I believe that developing the skills needed to tell your own story and to give narrative to what an organization or business does are important factors in personal and professional growth. Since the inception of civilization, humans have used story-telling to bring people together to work towards common goals. He wants to use the best ideals of story-telling to make the greatest impact in the world. I have aspirations of writing a novel as well as using my eclectic experiences to provide narratives for businesses and organizations to help them grow and impact the world. 

Reason for Joining The Collective Access

I grew up in a working-class, blended family and the middle child of five. My father, step-mother, mother, and step-mother are all very hardworking. I began “working” for my step-dad at 11 years-old, picking up trash and debris at construction job sites after school. I was taught to work hard, and in a hard family. I was the first person in my family to graduate college, even though I dropped out amid court issues and drug addiction.

Until the age of 26, the only time I wore a tie in my life was for court and funerals. I was largely homeless at 23, getting sober and finally deciding to give life a chance. I had never networked, and I couldn’t even imagine what being an “entrepreneur” was. The only real skills I had after receiving my BA in 2014 was digging ditches, using a paint roller, working in restaurants, and writing 10-page long essays. None of these are bad or not good enough, but I felt as if I had severely underperformed, had no real skills, and little confidence in rooms of other people.

Right before moving to San Diego to pursue my MA, I met Lance and the rest of The Collective Access. They taught me that all of us rose form the proverbial ashes in some way, that we all are figuring it out as we go. Most influential, for me though, they described how they wouldn’t be where they are today without mentorship, relationships, and a positive network of like-minded people. And watching them, they lived everything the way they told it.

I thought ties, suits, networking happy hours, and business meetings was a space and community that I wasn’t built for. I couldn't have been more wrong, but I had to have people teach me and show me how to network just like i was taught how to properly use a paint roller,  properly format essays, to do research, and to introduce myself with smiles and eye-contact. I realized I had to learn how to network to accomplish my dreams and goals.

Building my network and learning how to be my authentic self in unfamiliar spaces has convinced me that the work we do for TCA is exponentially life-changing for the youth. Honestly, I still don’t know how to tie a tie and I still get nervous walking into government buildings. To be able to alleviate those fears and limiting beliefs from our youth is one of the most important things we can do as the older generation.