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Conversations with Tera Carissa Hodges

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tera Carissa Hodges.

Hi Tera, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
I have officially been in business since 2016, though I began working on projects independently as early as 2009. I have always been interested in helping celebrities, ministries, brands, businesses, politicians, and small businesses use the media to shape their brand. As it relates to my media career, my undergraduate degree is in journalism. My corporate experience is in media. Once I realized how effective I was being for my company at that time in 2009, I knew I could get the same results for myself while building my own brand in the media and empowerment arena. Currently, faith, empowerment, and media are the crux of my company. I combine all three to help clients with their messaging.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
LOL, I don’t see challenges the way others do, so yes. It’s been smooth because I know that I know how to ride the waves, confident that if I fall, I still know how to swim. I’ve been copied, lied on, and more. But, because I know how to alchemize, I know how to make what should have been bad, make me money LOL. It’s why I launched www.successbullying.us, www.ilovemytestimony.com, and created a shirt called ‘Rumors’ things your haters wish were true about you and sold out three times. If a road is not smooth, I, with the help of my faith, will make it smooth, knowing the only person who can stop me is me, and in the words of Jordyn Woods, only God can cancel me.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
In addition to my media company, I am most known for being a faith-based empowerment speaker who has traveled the globe extensively empowering women. With over 100 media features, over 10,000 testimonies sent in, I love helping women work through bad chapters and use them as transitional chapters to help them to live their best life. I am most proud of the fact I don’t rely on sheer talent or faith to do it, but care enough about the people I serve to get relevant professional and educational credentials which qualifies me to assist them. One of the things I believe sets me apart is my authenticity. On any given day, you can visit my social media pages and see memes, me at the spa, traveling, fine dining, with friends and family, enjoying life. I do not allow people to deify me. I am human. I will embrace the totality of my human experience.

The crisis has affected us all in different ways. How has it affected you and any important lessons or epiphanies you can share with us?
I have learned the importance of being a visionary. Luckily, my business did not take a hit because it’s been virtual since its inception. Even in my empowerment speaking career, I began declining in-person invites and developing more media-based ways to empower as early as 2018. There just came a point when I could see things could be done more efficiently.

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