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If you regularly binge watch videos on Buzzfeed, you're probably very familiar with the face of Quinta Brunson. Originally from Philadelphia, the 26-year-old is a producer at BuzzFeed Motion Pictures where she writes, directs, acts and is involved with pre- and post-production of all videos. "A friend invited me to BuzzFeed to be in a video, and I so enjoyed the environment and seeing a bunch of young people able to make whatever they liked," she said. "That was enticing to me."
Growing up, Brunson was inspired by what she watched on television; now, it's what she finds on the Internet. "I am now inspired by the work of my peers and people I truly admire, as well as good content," she said. "I'm inspired by my friends, Kenny and Keith, who have a cartoon about them on Fox. My co-worker Freddie inspires me with every single video she makes. Just last night I was inspired by my co-worker Becky who shared her video about Alopecia taking her hair away. I love stories of strength in the face of adversity."
As for movie recommendations? Brunson suggests Creed and Star Wars. "I like super hero movies," she added. "Kids who are like me when I was younger (like my nieces and nephews) inspire me. I need to make the world better for them. My friends, family, and co-workers are huge inspirations."
Get the 411 on Brunson in the interview, below!