Here at Chrome City we pride ourselves in having ultra-creative and inspiring homies throughout the Chicago area. Each week, the Chrome Chronicle will share a little bit about these incredible people and why we are excited to feature them as our #ChromeHomie.
Let us introduce our Homie, Elijah.
Elijah McKinnon, Cultural Producer & Brand Strategist at People Who Care
Q: Explain your job position.
A: On any given day I cycle through many different hats - friend, lover, producer, sibling, entrepreneur, artist, board member, activist and the list goes on and on - but the most important hat that I wear is listener. At the helm of my various hats is the official title of Cultural Producer/ Brand Strategist at People Who Care, a boutique consultancy I founded in the beginning of 2016 with an emphasis on working exclusively with non-profits and grassroots initiatives in Chicago to better improve resource sharing and strengthen the communication of their respective values.
Q: What is your creative process?
A: I wake up and I think about the change I want to see in the world. It is usually small. I stretch, meditate and attempt to affirm my existence as a young, queer, black, millennial that is living in a world that was not designed for me to exist, let alone thrive. This governs my entire ethos and every decision I make whether it be creative, professional, political and/ or personal. Oneness. It is all relative.
Q: What inspires and motivates you?
A: I am inspired and motivated by children smiling; blackness and queerness; compassion and empathy from my elders; the celebration of small victories; honesty from those in positions of power/privilege; that moment right before the plane lifts off from the ground; and the occasional glass of really nice champagne.
Q: How did you end up in Chicago?
A: This is a story I'm still trying to piece together but I initially came to Chicago to work on a film project, Nupita Obama Creates Vouga, which I later co-founded the development Open TV, an indie web-based platform for queer people, people of color and trans and cis women of color. This platform has helped me integrate my various passions an is where my first webseries, Two Queens in Kithen, is housed.
Q: What is your favorite part about living in Chicago?
A: My favorite part about living in Chicago is the ability to produce moments and platforms that contribute to the current cultural, political and social landscape.
Q: What has most influenced your career?
A: People telling me "no" or "you can't do that" because [fill in the blank]. The naysayers and fingerwaggers fuel my passion, which forutnalye is interwoven into my career.
Thanks for being a Chrome Homie Elijah!