Today we’d like to introduce you to Jerris Evans.
Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I was born in Fort Lauderdale, FL. I started in Poetry/Spokenword around the age of 10 (3rd Grade). I attended & graduated fr/all of the NOVA’s (elementary, middle & HS). I told my mother after receiving a full athletic (full scholarship) at my HS graduation @ the world-famous @browardcenter, “I promise you, mom… I’m coming back here one day to do something poetically/artistically incredible.” I left for college 2-3 months later [Aug. 1997].
After a collegiate All-American/Hall of Fame at Missouri Western State College/University [1997-2001] graduating w/my undergrad in business administration/management. I signed an NFL deal & will always be grateful for the dream opportunity that the Chicago Bears & New York Jets gave me in 2002. But based on history, I was destined to do exactly what I’m doing to date & counting.
I returned to S. FL Summer 2002 & after a workout w/the Miami Dolphins that didn’t result in a new deal [directly across the street fr/my grade school Alma Mata NOVA], I took that as a sign that I needed to give my shadowed dream that was with me fr/the day I was born POETRY/SPOKEN WORD/HOSTING LIVE ENTERTAINMENT.
From 2006-2011, I performed 4-7 nights a week developing my poetic/artistic style primarily throughout S. FL. After my 1st out of town feature tour through Orlando & my poetic home [ MelloMondays / Hollywood where I was a house Poet] closed down … I decided to take the ultimate shot & start my own show – the historic S. FL poetic haven #floetrysundays.
FLO’etry Sundays [averaging over 100 #flonatics per show every 1st & 3rd Sunday] successfully soared thru 10 different S. FL local venues before I was given a dream opportunity with the world-famous Broward Center to produce/present my very 1st megaFLO #annifloetry [1/2/2015]. Over the next 6+ years, AnniFLO’etry ultimately gave birth to 4 additional megaFLO events [ #flopocalypse, #flotheloveofmusic, #quomedy, & #futureFLOristic] & 2 artistic/life education & motivational workshops for youth & adults [ #flo4you].
The latest priceless accomplishment was the sold-out experience shared @ #flopocalypse [7/10/21]. To see my childhood life dream survive, grow & elevate through one of the greatest global challenges known to mankind [Covid-19] is remarkable. We have accepted & extended our contracting agreement into 2023. The most humbling part is the thousands of all-around artists my brand & shows have helped in so many ways. Being a part of the BCPA Arts Access Program has not only opened doors for me but opportunities for many others.
Being the Founder & Co-Owner of FLO4Me Ent./QUICK2Love/MOMsns w/my wife & family is a dream come true.
My united vision is truly helping the world positively #keepgoing. I’m just a kid fr/Fort Lauderdale … that never gave up. The team around me that mutually believe are the vital parts that have made us one of the very best & most loved live entertainment events. Hard work truly pays off.
I’m living a dream that I will never take for granted.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It was never a completely smooth road in any case. It was extremely challenging every breath taken. The more I succeeded, the more things became more challenging on all parts. I’d have an easier time writing a book about the many challenges I’ve met along the way to where I am on my way to where I am going in life. I will say this, the rollercoaster of challenges has made all of the success achieved worth the journey. I’m sure I will face many more.
To all of my future challenges, I’m coming full speed with my very best & most positive intentions. That is a plan that has always been #failsafe for me. I look at adversity as a part of life.
“I’m UnbreaQably FLO’cused” nonetheless.
Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about FLO4Me / QUICK2Love / MOMsns [3 businesses]?
All 3 of my businesses are Co-Owned by my wife [& children]. What sets us apart fr/others is that they are all designed to offer various unique opportunities & support to the world in all parts.
We specialize in all of [but not limited to] the following:
*Live Entertainment [Poetry/Arts/Music/Comedy/etc]
I’m the proudest brand-wise of our continued growth over the last decade. I want readers to know that there is so much more to the brand[s] than just the FLO’. We offer so much to one and all of all age[s] & genre[s]. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for all united/support/booking/MegaFLO options.
What sort of changes are you expecting over the next 5-10 years?
I see the brand expanding further globally in the next 5-10 years. The megaFLO’s will be touring the world & all services will expand online, as well as TV/movie/book producing opportunities.
- Currently $29.99-$49.99 #ticketmaster options.
- Private bookings are set on a specific need/request basis. Please call/email for additional information.
- Email: Floetryentllc@gmail.com
- Website: Www.flo4me.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/quickthepoet/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/quickthepoet
- Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/quickthepoet
- Youtube: https://youtube.com/channel/UCsEursd8MWOmhxxfiftWLeA
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