I love Tuesdays. It’s a fun day where I take the spotlight off of what I’m doing and showcase someone else that I find really inspiring. We are all here to build each other up and help one another out right?! Well I have only featured a few dudes, because well, I know a lot of Boss Babes! But when I come across a guy who is working hard for the money and hard for what he believes in, I want others to know about him too! So, when I met Greg- I was super into what he had brought to Nashville! It’s a cool concept and I am so thrilled to be featuring him today on the Blog! Stay tuned because we will be teaming up for some fun things coming up in the future! You need to all check him out! Meet the man behind Denizen, Greg!
TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF
To Abbey, thank you for featuring me! To the readers, enjoy this insight into who I am!
Who I am: My name is Greg Brannon. I’m originally from South Carolina, but I’ve been in Nashville for 3 years now. How I’d describe myself: Dog Dad, Rye Whiskey Sipper, Ok Worker Outer, Nashville Denizen and last but not least Media Mogul (in the making).
What I do: I run a city guide here in Music City, called Denizen. It aims to represent the best that Nashville has to offer across all aspects of urban life. So, basically, I traipse around Nashville seeking out new spots, revisiting old faithful’s and conversing with some of the coolest people in town. All in an effort to help locals and visitors maximize their time in Nashville, no matter how long or short it may be.
FOLLOW ALONG WITH GREG
What’s my favorite song right now?
Morning “Pick Me Up” Song: Gasoline – Halsey
Mid-day Song: Eye of the Tiger – Survivor
Bedroom Jam: Sexual Healing – Marvin Gay
What’s my favorite style to wear?
Go to outfit: Long Sleeve Henley | Dark Denim | Chukka Boots | Flat Bill
What’s my guilty pleasure snack-go-to?
My long-standing favorite has to be Peanut M&M’s, although the Five Daughter’s chocolate & sea salt doughnut is quickly working its way up the ladder.
What’s my MUST-HAVE beauty item, that I can’t live without?
Beard Comb & Beard Balm. Gotta keep my whiskers in check.
Who’s the most influential person in my life and why?
My mom – for sure. I wouldn’t use the phrase “tough love” but I wasn’t coddled growing up. At a young age, she taught me that if I wanted something, I had to put in the work. She made sure that I understood what “respecting others” meant and she never let me quit. She is a hustler, she busted her hump every day and I never heard her complain. When I got out of line, she disciplined, when I felt down, she encouraged and when I came up with really bad ideas, she cautioned. She has been and continues to be the one constant voice of reason in my life.
What’s the one thing you want to accomplish that you haven’t?
The restoration my father’s 1971 Torino GT. He bought the car when he was 18 and over the years, it has found itself at the bottom of the priority list, as far as things to take care of go. I think it would be very cool, to have the car restored and see the look on his face when he sees it. Not “world changing” I know, but something I’d like to accomplish.
If you could give someone some great life advice, what would it be?
Always be your biggest fan. Life will divvy out enough critics, so believe in yourself and revel in your accomplishments. Never be too hard on yourself.
What’s your fav inspirational quote?
“If you’re tired of starting over, stop giving up.”
While short and sweet, the message is crystal clear. This quote hit home with me not long ago and has rooted itself into my everyday life. So many times, we take the path of least resistance…aka “giving up”. This quote reminded me that if I wanted circumstances to change, I needed to stay committed and learn to enjoy the process.
Where is one place you’d love to travel?
Everywhere…. I had the luck of getting to travel pretty extensively in my previous profession. Getting out and experiencing the world and all of the cultures in it is something that I crave constantly. Top place on my list right now is Ireland…. I was so close, when I went to Scotland, but I didn’t get to visit.
What drives you and gives you passion in your profession?
The Partners. My goal with Denizen, is to build a unique network of like-minded individuals and businesses that make Nashville better with what they do. People are such a valuable asset, and I feel that Denizen has the best of the best. Interacting with folks has always been a driving force in my life. I love to meet new people and find out what makes them tick. You can learn so much from others, and with me being new to this industry, the people are where I’m going to learn the most.