Julian Morris
Photo Credit: Phil Eich, Riverfront Saginaw

Entrepreneur Envy: Julian Morris

“My original dream was to be the next Steph Curry, but my mom told me just in case that doesn’t work out, I needed a Plan B.”

And with that, 13 year old Julian Morris, picked a business name, got his EIN, applied for an LLC and built SWAG Magazine. The publication covers topics like sports, politics and entertainment written by other writers from Julian’s school.

Aside from owning a business, Julian is your typical (super smart) 8th grader at Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy who loves Stephen Curry. Anyone have his contact information? Julian tell us that he’s his dream interview.

Other fun tid-bits:

  • Basketball is his favorite sports
  • He loves to read especially Rick Riordan and the Percy Jackson books
  • He watches a lot of movies in his free time
  • His dream vacation? Greence
  • Dream car? A Tesla

Tell us a bit about SWAG Magazine:

SWAG (Students With a Gift) Magazine is a magazine for teens by teens. I have three teen writers on my staff right now and I hope to increase those numbers in the future. We write about all things in the news, but from a kid’s perspective. We have discussed COVID, quarantine, virtual school, sports, politics, entertainment, local issues affecting us kids and more.

Be patient with yourself. Success won't happen overnight.

Julian Morris, SWAG Magazine Tweet

What made you want to start the magazine?

I really want to be in the NBA and be the next Steph Curry. But my mom told me I needed a Plan B so I wanted to do something where I could still talk about Steph Curry and sports journalism came to mind. But with everything that has happened in the world over the last year, I thought it was important to write about those things too and SWAG was born. And with being in virtual school, I have a lot of extra time on my hands.

What's been your biggest challenge since starting SWAG?

The biggest challenge I’ve faced is getting my peers involved because I don’t have access to them because I’m not in school. But social media, MLive, Phil Eich and being featured on TV5 has helped get the word out about SWAG and my peers began reaching out me about writing for the magazine.

what can readers expect from you in the future?

They can expect a quality magazine with great content every month. I’m thinking about a podcast or a news outlet featuring me and my peers delivering the news. And you can definitely expect a 1 on 1 with Steph Curry at some point during my career.

Interested in SWAG Magazine? Subscribe here.

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