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Daily Inspiration: Meet Alex Bryant

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alex Bryant.

Hi Alex, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I’m a military child who was born in the United Kingdom and raised in both England and West Texas. I’ve overcome being bullied while in a special needs program in primary school and am a first-generation college graduate with university honors.

When I pursued my B.F.A. in Graphic Design at Angelo State University in San Angelo, TX between 2012-2014, my original goal was to use my talents to contribute to the automotive industry, especially since I received a full-ride scholarship from a generous automaker. However, my goals shifted directions as I started to promote programming on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) initially as a fan of her work on Twitter. With my social media engagement, I soon became part of a group of passionate viewers that Ms. Winfrey now calls her personal ‘Light Carriers’. During my college days, my connection with OWN caught the attention of the television show Entertainment Tonight, and I was selected for an internship at CBS for social media and graphic design in Los Angeles, CA. This opportunity launched a life-changing career that intersects my passions and skills of graphic design, production, and social media within the entertainment and advertising industries.

Another passion in my life is being of service to others. Some organizations I have served with include ACM SIGGRAPH, The 2028 Los Angeles Olympic Bid Committee, Leaders Readers Network, Minnie’s Food Pantry, Circuit of the Americas, Special Olympics, The Green Team Helping Hands Inc., ATX TV Festival, and the Austin based national non-profit The Comfort Crew for Military Kids. I feel we are all capable to contribute our in-kind skills and funds, but most importantly our time to organizations or causes that are dear to our hearts.

After a few years working in Los Angeles, CA, I moved back to Texas with my fiancé, Jennifer, and am proud to call Austin my home. Daily, I aim to empower, engage, and enlighten people from all walks of life about their unique possibilities, to reach higher, and dream big!

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
My hardships along the way have uniquely guided me to meaningful opportunities. Growing up in a military family, I learned resilience which has guided me through pain, grief, loss, and uncertainty. One of the most significant struggles that I overcame was moving from the United Kingdom to West Texas in the middle of my high school years. I struggled with shifting between international educational institutions and my Dad’s deployments for minor to long-term military assignments. I experienced quite the culture shock and had to adjust to a different way of life including cuisine, education, climate, driving, and cultural norms. However, life will always bring us a variety of weather patterns, but like the Sun, we can make breakthroughs, shine light anywhere, and rise above any storm!

We’d love to learn more about your work. What do you do, what do you specialize in, what are you known for, etc. What are you most proud of? What sets you apart from others?
Most recently, I served as the Media Relations Director for the children’s media brand The Trevor Romain Company in Austin, TX. They help kids become happier, healthier, and more confident through social and emotional learning resources. In that role, I streamlined and amplified media circulation for the co-founder, company, and their partners in a positive manner through social media, email marketing, website maintenance, and press outreach.

One of my proudest achievements is receiving special recognition from His Holiness the Dalai Lama for my work in philanthropy and kindness. He also invited me to the Grand Opening of the Dieu Ngu Temple in Westminster, CA in 2016.

I believe what sets me apart from others is my ability to connect with people from all walks of life and when possible network them with impactful opportunities or roles.

Do you have any advice for those just starting out?
For someone who is just starting out, remember that your best decisions in life will be when you use your mind and heart together. When failure showed up in my life, I recognized that there were many times I was either too emotional or too logical and did not have a balance of both. I’ve grown to learn that my decisions need to be as best educated and aligned with an emotional component. As a result of adopting this thought process, I have been led towards meaningful opportunities and many once-in-a-lifetime experiences!

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