By Arli Lima
Brandi Proctor is a consistent fixture on the Baltimore nightlife scene. She is one of the city’s leading female promoters as a member of DeJuanHov Events team and is most notably known as the host of the “Tabloid Tuesday,” segment on Baltimore’s news station WBFF Fox 45. She’s young, fierce, fabulous, and ready to take the world of entertainment television by storm. Did we mention she’s also our 2009 Socialite of The Year?
When did you become interested in television and broadcasting?
Well, I always knew in the 10th grade that I wanted to do television. I was nosey, I like to talk and math was not my strong point.
What early steps did you take to become the television journalist that you are today.
After high school, I was accepted to Temple and Penn State for their journalism programs, but ultimately I decided on Morgan State University where I completed my Graduate and Undergraduate degree in Journalism. At Morgan I worked on a campus based show called “All You Need To Know”, which aired on the Morgan station and I interned for Fox 45 my senior year. My first official position at Fox 45 was a morning show Associate Producer and I would schedule all the guests and write the segments, I did that overnight shift for two years while attending evening classed for my graduate degree.
How did you transition from Associate Producer to the host of “Tabloid Tuesday”?
I used to go out with the reporters and tape small segments, but I always felt like I was acting, it didn’t feel real. I would put on the suits and blazers and cover news stories that I wasn’t interested in…that’s when I realized the general assignment reporter job wasn’t for me. Fox previously had the “Tabloid Tuesday” segment and they were looking to bring it back. I told my producer that he needed someone “Young and Funky” to host the segment. They made me rehearse a year for that position and in the process I was offered other positions at other news stations, but I stayed with Fox and finally in September 2008 Tabloid Tuesday was born again. It was definitely my perseverance that landed me the job, and I love it! It’s like my little baby, I work hard on it!
You were also a correspondent for “The Marc Clarke Show” – How was that experience?
I left Fox for a little bit to be on “The Marc Clarke Show”. It was very risky leaving my corporate job with 401K, I stepped out on a limb…no actually I stepped out on two limbs [Laughs]. But I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to be a sidekick for the #1 morning show host in Baltimore. Eventually, that didn’t work out and the show is no longer on the air, but at least Fox respected my decision. I eventually went back to Fox doing freelance work and eventually they asked me to host Tabloid Tuesday again.
In addition to your broadcast career, you are also one of the leading female event promoters in Baltimore – How did you get into promotions?
I was always interested in partying. I like nightlife, my friends and I would be at everything, every day of the week. I know most of the promoters because I went to school with them, De Juan Hov, Azikwe and Errol Omari all went to Morgan. I had a birthday party a few years back and it was banana, everybody took notice. One day De Juan called me up and asked me if I was interested in joining his promotions team; I didn’t think twice, I accepted his offer.
What are your thoughts on the Baltimore nightlife scene?
I think it’s very underrated. Some people have a mindset that you have to go to D.C. and have a nice party experience, but in my opinion you can go to D.C. and be around a lot of people who are over dressed and then you have to drive an hour to get home. Baltimore nightlife is what you make it. Baltimore has a very diverse nightlife crowd depending on the venue or event you go to. People talk bad about it but this is our city, Baltimore is the city you live in and if you can’t party here …where can you party?
You are also very active in your community and have started two foundations – Tell us about your philanthropy efforts?
I started a foundation for my mom called Shimmering Hope – The Sheila Martin Proctor Foundation. We just got our 501C3 approval a couple of months ago. My mom passed away in 2010 of Cancer. She was diagnosed with breast cancer when I was in the 7th grade. She struggled with that illness for years until she passed away. I decided to name it “Shimmering Hope” because my mom liked anything bold with sequence, metallic, and anything sparkly. When she was going through chemo and she lost her hair she would put on a sequence cowboy hat and go to the pharmacy to pick up her prescriptions. When she lost her fingernails she would put neon band aids on her fingers or different color band aids to match her outfits…she was always positive and such an inspiration to other cancer patients. The foundation will focus on uplifting women with cancer while helping them feel good about themselves and their appearance. Ultimately the doctors can take care of your illness but the foundation would focus on taking care of your self esteem. I also started the Sintia Mesa Scholarship Fund in my friend Sintia’s honor. We started the foundation because she loved Morgan so much and we want to give back to Morgan and their students.
Who or what inspires you?
My Mama because she went through so much. If she could fight cancer for 18 years with a smile, I know I can do anything. She gave me awesome self confidence. I recently found a letter I wrote in the 8th grade and in the letter I’m talking about how she is my hero, so it has always been her.
What are your ultimate career goals? Where do you see yourself in five years?
On MTV, VH1, or the E! News channel. A place where I don’t have to play the typical news reporter, I want to work for a place where I can be myself, paint my nails whatever color I want, color my hair red or get a wrist tattoo.
For more information and bio on Brandi click here.