Drakes is a multimedia journalist who served as photo editor, correspondent and contributing writer for daily newspapers, and lifestyle, travel and business magazines. An advertising admin position at Essence magazine in NYC launched his journey. A rare proposition lured him to the Caribbean to explore and develop his aesthetic and visual storytelling skills. Drakes produced an award-winning tourism campaign for Trinidad & Tobago, which soon led to conceptualizing and producing marketing campaigns for St Kitts, Dominica, Digicel and HYATT. Travel guides by Lonely Planet and Insight Guides also validated his visual style by licensing his travel photography collection. He returned to NYC to sign Dominique Armorer to Elite Model Management in 2000 which added Model Scout to his resume. The natural progression of his multimedia career evolved to producing the short documentaries Proud to Tell It, Beyond Legendary and About Boscoe. Recently, the acquisition staff at a U.S. university press accepted his first book, The Last Mas, into review.