Welcome to Nashville!
Chris Burkmenn might live in Tennesse, but regardless of where you are, I promise you that his story will inspire you to work harder and go further for the sake of your dreams.
I’m so excited to introduce you to a voice from the millennial generation who is striving to put his dreams into action. He’s the host of the CBEX seeks to empower artists and encourage passionate men and women to shoot for their dreams.
The death of a dream is the day that you stop believing in the work it takes to get there. – Chris Burkmenn
The CBEX YouTube show had over 20,000 viewers and they are entering into their 4th season.
Was The Chris Burkmenn Experience always a dream of yours?
It’s funny because it was a dream, but I never knew I wanted to create my own show.
I knew that I always wanted to host my own show. I just thought it would be on a network like CMT or MTV.
When I was younger, I would pretend I was Carson Daly hosting TRL in the mirror. I was also obsessed with Barbara Walters on 20/20. When Hugh Downs left, I emailed her to find out if I could take his spot. I was 12 years old.
It was funny because I really have always known that I wanted to play a part in the media.
I decided to create the opportunity instead of waiting for Barbara to return my email.
What was the hardest thing about starting an online show?
The hardest thing about starting was understanding how people watch online content. Understanding attention spans and realizing the budget that we are working with. It’s hard to produce 15-second content for people to watch.
If you could go back in time, would you change anything?
That is funny that you say that because I am now 30 years old and I have learned so much about life and becoming who God has called me to be. I actually wrote my first song the other day with my friend Mandy McMillian on this very subject.
I believe that I wouldn’t change anything. That isn’t saying that I haven’t had those split seconds where I have wondered if things would be different.
Who has been the most influential person in your life?
What a great question, there have been so many influential people in my life it’s hard to just pick one.
My Father, Mother, Step Mom have all played such a huge part in who I am today. I am truly grateful to them.
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I have also been fortunate enough to work with some amazing people in Nashville. One of the most impacting people that I have met in Nashville would probably be a mentor to me and boss Suzzane Skinner, she has poured a lot of time and energy into me and my endeavors. She has been such a soundboard to me and my aspirations. She gives me such great feedback, and yes some of the feedback is hard to hear but needed. My church has played a big part in who I am today, they are my family! Click To Tweet
It must be amazing to watch past guests reach their dreams.
Yes, our slogan is “Empowering Artists” well.
I work in so many different areas in Nashville and I hope it is giving hope to these amazing artists because they have given me hope.
A lot of people didn’t think that I would still be doing this, but we are and consistent in doing so. We have such a wonderful team playing a part in all of this. Andy Burchett is a beast and works long hours on making all of this happen and I couldn’t do any of this without him. We are getting ready to bring on some new faces that you will be seeing too, both on our team and new artists as well.
Also outside of the show, I continue with these artists by booking a lot of them on shows here in town and I like to continue our relationship and not just let our interview be the last time we work together. I am a relational person and I truly want to help play a part in where they go.
How does your relationship with Christ compel your dreams?
My relationship with Jesus has been such a life-changer.
I didn’t always know him and I didn’t always want to know him.
I became saved when I was 21 years old, that’s when I accepted Jesus as my savior. From that moment on, things in my life have changed. They haven’t always been easy, but it has been worth every struggle.
What are some of your future plans for the Chris Burkmenn Experience?
At The CBEX we are focused on building relationships and helping grow artists. I believe in what we are doing and where we are going.
I want to continue to produce quality content and my prayer is that we could become a network show or possibly even become a network.
Keep watching, keep sharing, and keep believing because we are going somewhere. I just know it!
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