We had the good fortune of connecting with Christine Racheal and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Christine, career-wise, where do you want to be in the end?
Honestly, I never want to reach the end of my career. My goal is to continue to work in a field from which I would have no need to retire. As a creative, I may have moments when I am more inspired to write or direct new stories than others, but I don’t believe I would run dry unless I choose to no longer be inspired by the beautiful people in this world or driven by my passion to help others heal from its ugliness. I think the passing of the amazing Cicely Tyson is a great example of how I would like to spend my final days on this earth—sharing with others until my time is up.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’ve always marched to the beat of my own drum, so it is no surprise that I continue to do so as a storyteller. My writing and filming style can be a lot to the left, but as I celebrate my own uniqueness, I hope to inspire others to step fully into their personal authenticity and self-expression. The journey became quite lonely in some parts because focus was imperative. I’ve learned that some people are stripped away to enable us move more easily down our path, but we always have exactly what we need at any given time. The biggest challenge is understanding timing. No matter how amazing your plans and goals are, or even how hard you work for success, there is always a time assigned to its manifestation. The best advice I can give anyone is to be patient, keep working towards whatever it is they desire, but never doubt that it will happen in time.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I pride myself on being one of the best reviewers in this city with millions of views, so there are so many places on and off the beaten path that I would encourage visitors to try. For a quiet brunch, Bella’s in Camp Creek has some of the best seafood and drinks around. For a lively dinner experience with music, hookah, and great food, my go-to is Pasha Restaurant and Bar. I think I may spend my next birthday there, but it’s great for a high-energy date night. Breakfast at Barney’s has amazing food and drinks, and I would definitely invite a group to join me there for their great service and atmosphere. If you move beyond the city, Table 25 Fork + Wine is the place to go in Douglasville for good eats, amazing drinks, and live music. If you’re a member or have the secret password, The Red Phone booth is an upscale cigar lounge that is relaxing where you can “show off” style and sophistication with their crafted cocktails and cigars. I don’t do tourist attractions when I have guests, but I’m sure anyone would enjoy the many attractions downtown. However, The High Museum of Art is a family favorite.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The biggest shoutout must go to my husband of almost 8 years. His support of my vision and goals is unmatched. He’s my biggest investor, my best friend, and the love of my life. I would not have had the courage to push this far if not for his belief in me, and his heart to help me develop belief in myself. I am grateful for my children who always keep me on my toes and who are my biggest motivation and inspiration for all that I do. And more recently, I must thank Tre Floyd for reigniting my passion for filmmaking. For a season it was lost in the shuffle of novel-writing but has since been rekindled through working with his production company and the TFP family.
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