University of Southern California, Communication Major, Class of '21
James is a first-generation student at the University of Southern California pursuing both a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and a Master of Digital Social Media from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. He graduated Cum Laude from the Belmont Hill School in 2017 and valedictorian of the Roxbury Preparatory Charter School in 2013.
Although achievement in school has always been a priority, James prefers to learn through life experience and let the world be his classroom. Although his life story humbly began in Haiti, he has been fortunate to travel all across the globe spending time in various countries such as China, Costa Rica, Japan, and Spain where he studied abroad and learned to speak Spanish. He is trilingual and is fluent in Haitian-Creole as well as English and Spanish.
James is a big dreamer. Growing up in the inner cities of Boston gave him the resilience and determination he needed to pursue his goals, and living outside of his comfort zone, constantly adapting to new situations, has forced him to continually think outside of the box. He does not shy from challenges or the opportunity to learn something new. He has experience in branding, new product development, sales, PR, graphic design, audio & video production, mixing, mastering, DJing, photography, videography, lighting, live music, and event planning. Taking on different roles, but mainly self-teaching and trial and error has helped him expand his arsenal of skills over the years.
His background in global travel and communication helps him to connect with people, and his creativity helps him produce content that resonates with how they feel. His career goal is to be a new product designer and branding specialist in the long run but, in the short term, he plans to work in the advertising/marketing industry and possibly get into the entertainment/ music industry as well. Ideally, James wants to be an entrepreneur and work for himself but, at the same time, make a difference in the world because his vision for success is not selfish. By the end of his college journey, he hopes to dedicate his time to working on his startups because he feels like they have the potential to make a significant impact in the marketing industry as we move towards more modern, sustainable cities.
Top 3 Skills
Graphic Design, Music/Video Production, Branding
- Everytown For Gun Safety, Remote Content Creator (Summer 2020)
- Web Print Lab: Graphic Designer, Video Editor, Event Photographer (Summer 2019)
- Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.: Beta Omega Chapter President (2018 - Present)
- USC Black Student Assembly: Director of Social Media (2018-2019)
- Mass Visions Inc.: Account Executive (Summer 2018)
- WES Productions: Founder and CEO (2017 - Present)
- USC Black Alumni Association Scholarship Award Recipient
- USC Norman Topping Scholarship Recipient
- Parent’s Independent School Network, Inc.
- Community Service Award