Breion Moses is a woman of influence and impact. A true force to be reckoned with, Moses is the Founder and CEO of Seven Hillz Productions and the visionary behind the ReelBack Film Summit. Seven Hillz is a full production company that prides itself in creating quality projects. Innovation at its best, ReelBack is the first film summit that focuses specifically on HBCU graduates and students.
Guided by a spirit of service, the South Florida native also serves as the Executive Director of Seven Hillz Productions Foundation, which provides education and scholarships to new and aspiring filmmakers.
You are a servant leader. What does that term mean to you?
Servant leader means to me being of service to all mankind. Being that person that will help anyone progress, move forward and explore difference career aspirations. If there’s a need in the community that I see, I want to be that leader to fill that void. To me that’s what a servant leader does, puts others before themselves.
You’re in the film industry, but your bachelors is in political science and your masters in public administration. What were your initial career aspirations?
When I graduated high school I just turned 16 years old. I always wanted to go to an HBCU and Florida A&M University (FAMU) was my first choice. I’m a generational rattler. I always wanted to be in film and entertainment. Before going to FAMU you would see me in different music videos and commercials. I stopped when it was time to go to college because I needed a fall back plan. Listening to my parents and God father, they said whatever you do you need to know the business side. My initial plan was to go to law school. I wanted to be able to read my contracts.
Tell me more about your production company.
It’s a full service production company. We film commercials, documentaries, anything you name it, we can definitely do it. I believe in employing people of diverse backgrounds. Bringing in those people who really want to help tell compelling stories. People who work with integrity.
Talk to me about the importance of HBCU’s and the HBCU experience.
HBCU’s, I love them. As we can see, a lot people try to count out an HBCU and say that education wise they don’t stand up to the ivy league schools. HBCU’s are producing people like our Vice President who is also my soror. Look at all of these shakes and movers and CEO’s of fortune 500 companies. Some of them are graduates of HBCUs.
My experience on FAMUs campus was amazing. I had supportive professors and years later we still have a relationship. Just being there, immersed in the culture of being Black and Black excellence. What I loved most about FAMU is that gave me a sense of my identity and contributed to my growth as a young woman.
With the work that you’ve been able to do through your foundation, did you always know that you would have this type of impact?
I didn’t know to this extent, but I knew as a young girl growing up that I was going to be somebody. I knew that I would be of service, but I didn’t know to what capacity. Now, as I’m growing as a woman professionally and spiritually, God is revealing a lot of things to me and I just keep allowing him to guide me. I’m walking by faith.
You operate from the biblical principal: “If I can help somebody as I pass along, then my living shall not be in vain”. Who helped you?
Do we have enough time for me to name a lot of people? My family has helped me along the way. I speak really highly of both of parents, as well as my aunt. Outside of my family, there have been teachers along the way from elementary school through high school that I still communicate with. They are in my corner saying “Girl, you can do this! We are proud of you”. There have been a lot of people who have assisted me and are continually assisting me. Seeing how they’d reached back to help me, who am I not to reach back and help others.
You’ve served many notable organizations including the Miami Dolphins, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, Advancement Via Individual Determination, the Florida Times and many more. Do you ever look back in awe about the things you’ve been able to accomplish and the people you’ve been able to work with?
Absolutely! It’s been an amazing ride. However, I don’t talk about it much. I’m not a person who likes to brag on themselves. I did it. It’s done. Now it’s time to move on to the next project.
Because of the impact you’ve had in your community, you’ve recently been recognized by Legacy Magazine as one of South Florida’s most influential and prominent Black women in business and industry for 2020. What emotions did it evoke when you realized you were being recognized in this way?
First of all, I was shocked. Reading the email I was literally in shock, so I called one of my really good friends, forwarded her the email to confirm what I was reading. Taking it all in, I’m very appreciative of Legacy Magazine. They are a black publication. I love their content and they do a lot to highlight and showcase us in Florida. Also, in 2019, I received a 40 under 40 award from them as well. So I’m just in awe. I am grateful. I am thankful that tere are peole out there who really see and the work that I’m doing and I’m not done. God is telling me to keep walking. He’s got me. So, I’m going to be of service until I finally close my eyes.
What conversation are you having with yourself to stay motivated to do the work that you do?
Conversations like “how can you make this better?” and “what else can I do to help my community?”
What’s the end goal?
When I think of end goal I think of assisting as many students that I can to go beyond where I have gone. I think of creating content and films that express us in a positive light, that shows who we really are.