Working Women Wednesday: Binkie, Development Executive of Drama
I’m so privileged to have a moment to sit down and chat with the one and only Binkie over the phone. You might remember her as a Def Jam Recording Artist from the 2000’s R&B/Pop Group, Electrik Red, that had the hit ‘So Good’ featuring Lil Wayne. Or you might recognize her as one of the dancers in videos from top artist like The-Dream, Usher and more. If you check her credit’s you will not only see big music videos but huge blockbuster movie credits form movies like Alvin and the Chipmunks. And if you follow her on Instagram (@HarlemHottie) you’ll see her on sets of huge productions and behind the scenes with todays biggest stars in music. She’s not only a dancer/choreographer for the big names like Usher, Aaliyah, Cardi B and more, but she’s actively evolved her career and is now a Development Executive of Drama for the one and only Anthony Hemingway Productions, of whom she spoke extremely highly of. Check out this amazing interview with this incredibly talented lady.
Tahiry: Binkie, thank you so much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to do this interview. Let’s get right into it! For those that remember you from Electrik Red and are wondering what you’re doing now, share your title with us.
Binkie: My title is Development Executive of Drama for Anthony Hemingway Productions. He is so amazing and he does a lot of TV. If you’ve seen shows such as The Wire, The People vs. OJ and so much more, you’ve seen his work. I feel so blessed to work with him.
Tahiry: So what does your work entail, do you work on anything else?
Binkie: Well I do wardrobe on the side for concerts, videos, artists. I work with costuming and I’ve had the chance to work on creative direction for Khalid, Cardi B, Billboard and more. I’m all over the place.
Tahiry: If someone were to look at your resume, they would see that your career has truly evolved. You’ve gone from the background as a dancer to in the front as an artist, to a choreographer to costuming and so much more. What advice would you give to someone that wants to get into a certain industry or move into another career, but they just don’t know how to go about it?
Binkie: Literally just do it and figure it out. Splash around until you start swimming. Sometimes, you don’t have to be a professional. Just emerge yourself in it. Don’t hesitate and jump right in.
Tahiry: If anyone knows anything about you from the group Electrik Red, or they follow you on social media, they will notice that female empowerment is a major theme in your content. What are your thoughts on female empowerment and how important is it to you?
Binkie: Female empowerment is very important. Surrounding yourself with women that are inspiring is so important. I have a lot of women in my life that have been and are extremely informative , smart and are very important to my life.
“Female Empowerment is very important.”
Binkie pictured on far left
Tahiry: What advice could you give to someone that just wants to advance in life, especially in their career?
Binkie: Again, just do it. I’ve learned recently to visualize things and to believe in the power of visualizing and the power of saying I want this. But jus not saying it, but visualizing yourself doing it and getting accolades for yourself. Go out there and work for it. Most people are familiar with, ‘The Secret’, so like it says, be careful what comes out of your mouth and what you surround yourself with. I’m particular about the things and people I follow on Instagram because it’s very important to be careful.
Tahiry: Now, with your constantly evolving career, I’m sure you’ve encountered setbacks. How do you handle setbacks when they arise?
Binkie: It took me a while to figure it out, but I am learning to just breathe. There are some things I can’t control, and I always refer back to hearing my mother say, ‘wha tis for you is for you’. When I was Auditoning when I was like 4 and 5 years old, and was a child, she helped me to handle rejection by saying, what’s for you is for you. What is mine is supposed to be mine and I will be great at it and no one will do it like me. These words and this concept has stuck with me throughout my years and has helped me to handle setbacks.
Tahiry: With last month being Women’s History Month, a lot of us are still thinking about women that have inspired us. Who is a women that inspires you and why?
Binkie: My Mom, my Sister, Tracy Ellis Ross, RGB.