Few would expect the flannel-dressed girl typing feverishly on her sticker-pasted laptop to be the founder and editor-in-chief of a popular music website. However, Acacia Evans, an Entertainment Industry Studies Major from Belmont University, has never been one to “think inside the box.” At age fifteen, Acacia started media outlet turned digital magazine, Big City Thoughts, which has grown to include staff writers and photographers.
This past week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Acacia about her journey with Big City Thoughts.
To begin the interview, would you tell readers about Big City Thoughts?
Hey! Thanks again for thinking of me. Big City Thoughts is a digital magazine/online media outlet I created when I was 15-years-old. Originating in the alternative/rock scene, I finally decided that I wanted to expand into different genres. In the spring of 2015, I temporarily left school for health reasons. While I was home, I decided to make Big City Thoughts into a digital magazine so our audience could flip through our work in one place.
What motivated you to start Big City Thoughts as a teen?
This is actually really funny so please no judging! When I was in middle school, I was obsessed with the Jonas Brothers. Everything about them: their fan base, live shows, and obviously good looks were extremely fascinating to me. I thought to myself, “I’m going to interview them one day.”
Did you face adversity, negativity from others?
I think no matter what industry you’re in or what company you run, you’re always going to run into hardships. The media outlet/concert photographer world can get extremely competitive. I’m not a very competitive person, but I think this industry sometimes brings out a side of me that I’m not too happy about. I’ve learned throughout the past couple of years that empowerment is so much stronger and healthier than competition and jealousy. Better for your mental health as well.
How has the magazine grown?
The magazine has grown in ways that I have absolutely never imagined. I have writers. I have photographers. I have friends that help me run our social media accounts and who coordinate our live show coverage. I’m photographing in arenas. I mean, it’s truly incredible how much support and help I’ve gotten. It’s amazing to have a team of friends and family behind me who are helping me grow more and more every day.
What are your goals for the future?
I always find this a difficult question because my goals change everyday. As of right now, I want to expand our viewership and following on all platforms. I also want to make sure that we are covering all genres of music and successfully doing so.
After years of working with the magazine, what’s been your favorite experience so far?
I think my favorite experience so far was shooting Demi Lovato for the first time back in March of 2014 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. I have been a huge fan of Demi since my Jonas Brothers days and have always looked up to her for so many reasons. Demi battles mental illness and I do as well, so it’s incredible to see her up on stage in a really raw and vulnerable state.
If you could give advice to all the young people with large dreams, what would you tell them?
I feel like people get sick of being told to “just do it,” but it’s entirely true. If you want to do something, take action. I also feel like a lot of people hold back on chasing their dreams due to age, but to me, age is literally just a number. It’s never too late to start chasing!
To learn more Big City Thoughts, go to: bigcitythoughts.com.
And don’t forget to follow Acacia on Instagram and Twitter @acaciaevans.
Caroline George – Column: Music
Caroline George published her debut series, The Prime Way Program, at age fifteen. Since publishing, she has been nominated twice for the Georgia Author of the Year Award, gained readership worldwide, and has spoken at various libraries, schools, tradeshows, and coffeehouses. Caroline grew up in Georgia but now resides in Nashville, Tennessee. She spends most of her time writing, eating too much sushi, playing guitar, and spreading her passion for young authors throughout her community.