Next Up: Creative Entrepreneur
Tyler gave Antonio Knoxx the information and tools he needed to start his own business. Now, he's helping Richmond businesses build their brands through graphic design, video and photography.
Antonio Knoxx describes himself as a creative entrepreneur.
Whether it’s designing logos and building brands; creating commercials and short films; or taking photos, “anything creative you can think of, I absolutely want to have my hand in,” he said.
While his passion for drawing was honed during childhood, Knoxx said his time at Tyler, now Brightpoint, helped him build a strong artistic foundation. “Tyler allowed me to try the college experience without going into heavy debt and see if it was for me,” he said. “My professors assisted me in becoming a better person, a better student and a better artist.”
“After Tyler, I felt I had the information and the tools I needed to build my business,” Knoxx said. “I wanted to work in the creative field. I knew that for people to notice me, I had to put my work out there, and it had to be exceptional.” He continued to practice his art and share it broadly, while making connections with organizations in the community that could benefit from his expertise. Knoxx was also named to iPower’s 30 under 30 list in 2018.
"After Tyler, I felt I had the information and the tools I needed to build my business."
Now, when he’s not serving as the videographer for “Brewer’s Sessions,” a local music series that airs on WCVE, or developing logos and commercials for local Richmond businesses, Knoxx allows his creativity to flow through personal projects like “Music Heals,” a video series that highlights the importance of music in people’s lives. “Everyone has a story that’s connected to some type of music, or to a specific album that has helped them through a difficult situation,” he said. “We find people in the community and film them sharing their story and its connection to music.”
After high school, Khiem Tran spent a gap year working and saving — to achieve his dream of earning a bachelor’s degree. At Brightpoint, he discovered a lasting desire to give back and took advantage of the college’s guaranteed transfer agreement with Virginia Commonwealth University.
When John Karlsen dual enrolled at Brightpoint as a high school senior, he wanted to explore different healthcare careers before deciding on his bachelor’s degree major. His associate degree in health sciences and EMT certification at Brightpoint gave him patient-care experience and a pathway for his future.
To Brittany Woolridge, Great Expectations is not just the title of a novel by Charles Dickens. It’s the name of a Brightpoint program that has supported her on the way to “where God placed me to be,” she says. “Helping others, whether adults or kids, I feel like that’s where I’m supposed to be.”
Since age seven, Saamiya Mohammed has been a busy baker. Two years ago, she got serious about her sweet skills and established a business. Known as “the cake girl” around campus, the business administration major somehow makes time to go all-in on the student experience.