We had the good fortune of connecting with Quentin Jiles and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Quentin, other than deciding to work for yourself, what was the single most important decision you made that contributed to your success?
I truly hope this doesn’t read as cliché or just “something to say” but the most important decision I have made was to submit my life to Christ. I would not be able to stand on this platform or any other platform if He didn’t allow it. But it is more than a platform or my business doing well it is my soul being saved. It is the beautiful relationship that He provides with God the Father and as a result the Father’s Holy Spirit lives in me. There are many times I don’t know what to do or say in my business but He downloads vision into my head. There are times when I want to go completely left but His word reminds me of how I am to view and treat my neighbor. There are times when I want to give up but he reminds me that I prayed and asked Him for this life and He provided it. If my business and platform fades I have comfort and peace in knowing that He never will.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
So I talk politics but I absolutely see it as art. The way I create my social media videos and talk about the topics of the day is very different. I explain the facts of an entire story in 60 seconds or less with great humor and performative expression. The news can be daunting but there is still information that we need to know. So I make it more palatable for the masses. It has taken some time and not seeing an immediate massive amount of views or comments can be challenging for a creator. But you just have to be committed to your craft. I have gotten to a space that I am happy if 1 person or 10,000 people watch my video. That is because I know I put out a good video every time but that doesn’t mean every video is for everybody. Getting to this space has been the biggest internal challenge when it comes to creating. I want people to know that my brand, The Queue With Que, speaks primarily about politics but the goal is growing this into its own show. I now have 4 interns assisting with editing, marketing and curating diverse content outside of politics. So we are well on our way. I can’t wait to see what this show becomes!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Oh I for sure am heading to Cupcake Kitchen! It’s the overwhelming sweet treats for me! lol. Then I might suggested that we go downtown and get an americano from Day 6 Coffee Co. Go hang out at at Tinsley Park to see the sights, people and get some great photos with the downtown backdrop. Another day we might go to Taste Bar Kitchen but would have to make sure we make a reservation because, whew chile, the line is long lol. Then we could swing by the museum of natural science and get educated while having fun. Okay okay don’t judge me but we are definitely going to go look at luxury apartments and homes that we cannot afford at the time lol. You never know… one day we might get there so we must check out the specs. We would also go to Cyclone Anaya’s in Midtown. Im always going to get the brisket quesadilla and I might get the tress leche cake. Then head to iPic and watch what ever new good movie is out with a mask of course! Mask up people!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Oh wow! Yes. It was a village. I have to thank my grandmother who opened her doors when I decided to leave my 9 to 5 and transition into full time entrepreneurship. The burden of rent not having to be paid was a tremendous help! I have to also thank my mentor Mercedes Fuller who has walked with me as I have broken into the television and entertainment world. The Jesus lead thing about my mentor is when he started helping me in the very beginning, I had a very small social media following and I had not yet been on tv, we never actually meet in person. We were introduced through a mutual friend via social media and he literally has stepped in and not left my side. He is a constant sounding board in this industry. Big S/O to him! Also, I have to give a S/O to my very good friend Ifeoma Ebede in the summer of 2019 I planned to quit this whole thing. At the time my grandmother was going through cancer treatment and I had become a 24 hour care giver for her. This stretched me emotionally to a level that I had never been to. My friend really encouraged me to not give up on my dreams just because a deeply personal matter was happening in the background. I am truly grateful for that lunch we had that day because it gave me the boost to keep going.
Ruemu Agiri (Ig: @m_tographyy)