JAISUN MCMILLIAN– AUTHOR, GRAPHIC DESIGNER, SCREENWRITER, PRODUCER, VOICE ACTOR, PLAYWRIGHT, MARKETING CONSULTANT
Jaisun has written, produced, and directed stage plays, marketing and training videos, and television commercials. She is also a voice actor and former performing member of the Platters and Martha Reeves and the Vandellas. She served as media buyer, planner and broadcast producer for the William Babcock Advertising Agency in Greensboro, NC for three years. She was then offered a management position with Advertising Communications, an ad agency located in Durham, North Carolina, with a client list that included, Glaxo, Burroughs Wellcome, R.J. Reynolds and others.
She is the author of a self-exploration titled, “The Anatomy of a Woman Abused” play, and a book titled “Behind Closed Doors: The Addiction To Power and Control”. McMillian is currently working as editor and ghost writer on two other books, writing screenplays, managing product develop projects, working on two socially relevant documentaries and is currently coordinating a historic concert, “The Bull City Soul Revival”.
MY PASSION FOR DURHAM
I was not born in Durham and never experienced Hayti at its finest, but from the very first time I walked Parrish Street in 1990, I felt a bond with the city of Durham, NC. I was hired by Carl Webb, then President and CEO of Advertising Communications, Inc., as his administrative assistant.
During my lunch hour, on the very first day, I took a walk around downtown on Parrish Street. I was enamored by the images that stood before me as I explored the businesses along the street – one after another; I witnessed African-Americans in high-profile positions. I had never seen anything like it before! I felt proud, excited, and ready to call everyone I knew around the country and tell them that such a place existed.
Looking back, I recall standing outside on my deck of my then residence, Rolling Hills. At that time, one of my employer’s clients was North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company. As I looked out on the skyline of downtown Durham, I was inspired to write the NCM company song “Dreams”. The more I researched the history, the more magical the city became to me.
Being an orphan, legacy and heritage is a passion for me, therefore I want young people to know how important it is to know where they come from, and what sacrifices were made on their behalf. I want them to feel the pride that I felt, knowing that though past times were not perfect, there was still a place where African-Americans ‘had’ an opportunity to succeed. And succeed they did!”.