DeAndre Brown, known on TikTok as @imdrebrown, is a 22-year-old who currently resides in Dallas, TX. He utilizes his platform to shed light on how Gen Z is changing corporate America in a humorous way. Outside of his corporate humor videos, he also motivates his followers through his car talks, where he promotes putting yourself first and finding self love. DeAndre refers to his followers as "Corporate Baddies" and "THE ELITE," who have become loyal to DeAndre in a very short period of time.
What does it mean to you to be part of the LGBTQ+ community?
Being a part of the LGBTQ+ community means the world to me! The fact that I live in a society where I can openly express myself truly inspires me to ensure the same can happen for those who come after me. Within the LGBTQ+ community, there is so much talent and creativity, and it truly makes this world a better and more inclusive place. Being in corporate America, it can be difficult to find people who identify with me. So, I make it my mission to educate minorities on opportunities for jobs within corporate America, because our voices matter and we deserve to be seen.
How has the TikTok community inspired you?
My TikTok community inspires me to live my truth and follow my purpose. I truly believe I was called here to inspire others to be themselves and to share my experiences to lift up others. TikTok has given me the platform to do just that and I am forever grateful.
What is your favorite TikTok you’ve created and why?
This video I posted will always be my favorite. It really allowed me to know that so many people experience the same thing I do while working in corporate spaces. This video was the first step that really led to all my later success on TikTok.
What are some of your passions on and off TikTok?
Thanks to TikTok, I can proudly say my passion is to become a TV personality. When I was in high school, my classmates and I had to go around the room and share what we wanted to be when we were older. I will never forget the feeling I had when I said, “I want to be a TV personality,” and everyone laughed. They even told me I would be poor forever. At that very moment, I gave up on myself. I stopped chasing that passion because I allowed other people’s opinions to deter me. While I am very happy with the path that I took instead (corporate America), I believe that TikTok is showing me that my dreams were not crazy! I make sure to share this story with my followers to encourage them to follow their journey, regardless of how crazy people may think it is.
Why did you start creating #WorkTok content?
When I was growing up, I realized there was a divide in opportunities that minorities receive and have access to corporate spaces. I wanted to be the voice that shows people they can be in these spaces and help them find the opportunities to get there.
Do you have advice for young people entering the workforce?
Don’t be afraid to set boundaries. People worry that if they set boundaries, they’ll get fired. But if you try it, you’ll realize that by putting yourself first, you will feel happier at work and improve your mental health. Prioritize yourself and perform to the best of your ability.