Brian Goins (BGo)

“If you stay ready, you ain’t got to get ready.” — Rupaul

Brian Goins

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My name is Brian Goins, or BGo for short. That’s like “JLo” except way more fabulous.
I’m a Tennessee native, and have been in journalism for more than 20 years (which is amazing, since I’m only 28). I started out as an ad artist, but then moved on to work in a newsroom in Jackson, Tenn., where I eventually became the entertainment editor.
I often describe that job as the best job on earth … because it was. I got to write, edit and design my own publication. I got to interview musicians and artists and actors and go to the events. It was a dreamy job.
Soon, a restructure led to me to move to Nashville, where I’ve always dreamed of living. I moved here in June 2010 — the month of the flood. So, I got to see this city flourish in its current Renaissance to become “IT City” firsthand.
But, I’m so OG because I got to spend time in “Old Nashville” (that’s the city in the late 80s, early 90s, FYI) and have been to Opryland and rode the Wabash Cannonball. I’ve seen Minnie Pearl and Grandpa Jones LIVE at the Grand Ole Opry House. Yes, I even sat in the studio audience of Nashville Now.
I have a lot of goals. I’d love to write/illustrate my own graphic novel, learn to animate funny cartoons about my cat and I want to start my own artsy shop of goofy BGo doodles. I’d love to host my own art exhibit in the area, too.
I’m obsessed with cat videos on YouTube, Cher, The Muppets, Rupaul, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Project Runway. If you take all those things and mush them up, you pretty much have me in a nutshell.
I’m excited to work with Focus Middle Tennessee because I want to return to my writer/editor/designer roots, and this time for a subject I’m very passionate about: LGBTQ+ voices and rights. Today, more than ever, it’s important for us to stand and speak out together.
So, hello from BGo! Can’t wait to hear from you.