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Meet the amazing “Tera Carissa Hodges” Humanitarian, Philanthropist, Media Maven and Businesswoman

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I’m all about helping businesses, people, ministries, and brands get to their next level via the media. From writing, to television appearances, product placements, and more, you can make it to your next level despite your past or pain. Daily the media gives you the opportunity to reinvent yourself, tell your story, own your story, build an audience because of your story.

2. Please, can our readers get to know you? 
Absolutely! I’m an introverted (if you can believe that), lover of life, who loves God immensely. Because I love traveling, I’ve got about 10 international trips planned for next year, unless work interrupts (laughs). I absolutely adore cooking.

I’m working towards having a soul food, food truck in Paris named Dolly’s, named after my paternal grandmother. Can you imagine soul food recipes from the Mississippi Delta making people in Paris smile? That will be a Grandmama we made it moment (laughs) I’m a lover and a fighter. The lioness is my spirit animal.     

A perfect chill night for me involves a chef, massage and helicopter…and by the way, I don’t care what I’m eating, my perfect wine, even with chicken, steak, or fish, is a dessert wine (laughs). I sing in the shower and listen to my favorite songs on repeat. A preacher/teacher/life coach via my life’s calling, I keep a 24 hour conference line, so at any moment I feel led to release a life-changing word or strategy to the masses, I can.

3. What inspired you to get started? 
I’ve always been a media head. Since my high school days when I worked for the yearbook, campus TV broadcast, and school newspaper, I’ve always been drawn to the power of media. It can change lives. It’s your message being broadcast massively.

4. What is your educational background? 
As it relates to my media company, my undergrad is in broadcast journalism, master’s in journalism, with multiple media certifications with the latest one being completed in January. This does not include my ministry or life coaching educational training and certifications.

5. What are your motivations? 
My God-given purpose and passion to see lives changed for the better are my motivations.

Tera Carissa Hodges – MelaninPeople 

6. What advice do you have for other people who want to do this same thing? 
Get clear on your goals and who you are and work it. If you don’t know who you are, you’ll chase somebody else’s dreams. Chase your dreams boldly, while maintaining your integrity. I’ve gotten jobs because people have told me, though your media work is new to me, your solid reputation is not. If you make a mistake, own it, because what you own can never own you. Apologize, learn from it, grow from it. Honesty is a life saver. Say what you mean and mean what you say. Set boundaries. Know your limitations. Collaborate with others.


7. Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?  
Continuing to be happy. Everything else is just icing on the cake.

8. Any present or future projects? 
I’m currently in the middle of placing high profile Atlanta couples on reality  TV.

9. What is the biggest challenge you’ve experienced in your business as a person of color?  
People may not want to hear this, but truthfully, none that I can think of. Racism absolutely exists. No doubt about it. But, when you are an entrepreneur in a city like Atlanta, where the majority looks like you, and you’re going where you’re celebrated not tolerated to harvest new business connections, you become so entrenched in what is working, you don’t often run into what’s not working.

I’m certain I have faced isms: racism, sexism, ageism, but because my faith teaches me that rejection is just God inspired redirection, and no man can close the door God has for me, what could have been a challenge becomes my stepping stone, to step on in the right direction for me.

10. Are you Married or Single? 
Happily Taken.

Beautiful Tera Carissa Hodges – MelaninPeople Magazine

11. How can we connect with you on social media? 
www.facebook.com/speakteracarissa, www.twitter.com/teracarissa, www.instagram.com/TeraCarissaHodges

12. What is your greatest accomplishment? 
My walk with God, my happiness, my joy, my peace.

13. As a person of color, what advice will you give someone starting their own business or career? 
Work what works. I know vegetarians who own fast food restaurants. In other words, they don’t allow their personal bias to impact what they sell. They understand there’s a market for fast food, it’s not illegal to sell fast food, so they do. You can be mad about what works, or work what works. The choice is yours!

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