Drakes is a multimedia journalist who served as photo editor, correspondent and contributing writer for the Trinidad Guardian, Caribbean Beat, SkyWritings, MACO, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Black Enterprise magazine. A foot-in-the-door position at Essence magazine in NYC launched his journey. A rare proposition lured him to the Caribbean to explore and develop his eye. Drakes produced an award-winning tourism campaign for Trinidad & Tobago, which was followed by ads for St Kitts, Dominica, Digicel and HYATT. Travel guides by Lonely Planet and Insight Guides also validated his command of aesthetics. He signed Dominique Armorer to Elite Model Management in NY in 2000, then ventured into producing short documentaries, namely Beyond Legendary and Beverley & Boscoe. Recently, the acquisition staff at a U.S. university press accepted his first book, The Last Mas, into review.