We had the good fortune of connecting with TINA REDMOND AKA DJ CHIC CHICK and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi TINA, can you share the most important lesson you’ve learned over the course of your career?
The most important lesson that my career has taught me as I am building my business is to focus on myself and my brand and not to rely on others. Most people are only thinking about their own opportunities. They don’t care about assisting you in really building your brand. They don’t think about the business end, if they are not business minded. They don’t know all of the hard work and finances that you pour in to the brand to get it to pop, so they will in turn get an enormous amount of work and opportunities later that will have them set for life. They only care about now. That’s not the kind of team I desire.
What should our readers know about your business?
I have a digital radio station, TRACC Radio, which is an app that could be found on Apple, Google Play, Alexa, The Apple Watch & Apple TV. TRACC is a top 40 music station, but I made it not only the top 40 in pop & hip hop, but also in r&b, latin, afro beats, jazz, gospel & the top 40 old school songs in those genres. I wanted my station to stand out by being cultural & connecting everyone around the world in one app. I just launched TRACC Radio the Podcast Station as well. This station is just for podcasting, interviews, comedians & the latest news in entertainment & community awareness. The link to the Podcast Station can be found as a link on the TRACC Radio app as well as on the Apple Watch. I have a lot of ideas that I will bring to the platform that will set me apart from other stations. Whether it be FM, Digital or Satellite, I don’t look at it as competition, but merely as another platform with my own audience, that I can entertain. I am most proud of the huge amount of support that I received from around the world when my press release came out from the launch of my station. I had some heavy hitters in the business that offered me an open door if I ever needed anything. That touched my soul. I got to where I am today through hard work, education & dedication. I was doing a some acting in LA, but felt it was time to focus on the next step in my career. Acting is fun, but for me it’s not free enough. I had to always be mindful of changing my appearance because I always had to look like the headshots that had been submitted to casting, incase I was called in for an audition. Therefore, I decided to study mixing music & talking about music. So I took Dj training & radio broadcast training. Seeing that music has gotten me through the good, the bad & the ugliest times of my life, it would only be natural to do what I love. It wasn’t easy getting to where I am now because, with my caring nature, I give more than I receive & I would always seem to come across people that didn’t understand how to play their role & work as a team to win the game. This past few years all I came across was either selfish has beens trying to get back to the popular five minutes of fame slot that they felt that they once held or selfish wannabes, faking it until they make it. Also, with me working in entertainment, I tend to be surrounded by people addicted to drugs, alcohol or sex. I sometimes find it hard finding genuine, yet confident people that I enjoy being around. So, I just focus on work & don’t get too friendly with people unless I do a full observation on their intent. That’s how I keep my sanity & overcome the challenges that I tend to be faced with. I have learned to focus on myself & my brand. I have wasted time & money on people that cared nothing about my brand. That was a huge lesson learned. I’m not in a rush to get to the top. I am strategically building my brand to where I want it to be while moving with the times. I come across many people that just want to be a part of the platform because I get attention with it & that’s not the kind of people that I want connected to TRACC. I want people that believe in themselves & want to partner with my brand, believing in it & what it stands for. TRACC stands for Tina Redmond always connecting culture. I have many stories to tell about my journey, who, where, how & what it took to get over every hump as a woman & a woman of color. I will talk about some of it on my Podcast, “Chic Chick Live” streamed on TRACC Radio the Podcast Station & where ever else you get your Podcasts. I want to inspire others like me to show them that their not the only ones that encounter the madness of daily life that keeps you on yours toes, constantly protecting who you are & what you stand for. Also reminding yourself not to buy in to someone trying to change you.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love midtown. I am from LA so I am a city girl at heart. I love the high-rise buildings, the hustle and bustle movement of the city and the trendy style of people in that area. I would definitely take my friends to the Atlantic Station where we have a range of options in playing games, going to the movies, restaurants, bars and shopping. Then one day we would have to go check out Skyview Atlanta on Luckie street. Grab some scooters and go on a a site seeing tour of the Aquarium, CNN building. etc. I love to be where the action is along with the tourists because it’s interested being around people from different parts of the world and watching them experience Atlanta.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to give recognition to my aunt Mamie Redmond. She has always been my biggest supporter. She believes in me whole heartedly. I love and appreciate her for all that she has ever done to push and encourage me.
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