Today we’d like to introduce you to Lauren “Tula” Poindexter.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I always knew I wanted to be on TV when I was younger. I would watch shows like All That on Nickelodeon and wonder how they got inside of my TV because I wanted to join them!
Although acting is my first love, my journey as a media personality began shortly after the murder of Trayvon Martin. I didn’t appreciate how mainstream media tried to paint him as the bad guy, and I felt compelled to be the change I wanted to see. I wanted to help change the narrative.
From that point, I set out on the journey to get picked up as an on-air host. When I tell you, I have auditioned for numerous shows and kept getting rejected…
My final straw was when someone from a notable network mentioned to me that they loved what I was doing but they were only selecting people who had a certain amount of social media followers.
To be honest, it was extremely disheartening because I felt like networks were only selecting personalities who were popular on social media for reasons that weren’t always directly tied to their skillset. No shade to them, and a lot of them seemed to be great individuals, but I knew that I wanted my skill set to be the reason I was chosen.
From that point on, I used those “no”’s to fuel my passion even more and started my own blog and YouTube show.
I had no clue what I was doing from a production aspect, but after many trials and errors, and with the help of a few close friends, I began to get the hang of creating my own content.
Shortly after receiving my Bachelors of Science degree in Broadcast Journalism from Bowie State University, I created Tula Talks Entertainment LLC to pursue the vision God placed in my heart. I would produce content that entertained and inspired my viewers. I’ve had the opportunity to cover amazing events such as the Armed Forces Farewell Ceremony for President Barack Obama, Super Bowl 50, New York Fashion Week, NBA All-Star Weekend, among other notable events. I’ve also conducted on-camera interviews with various celebrity guests like Michael B. Jordan, Joy-Ann Reid, Symone Sanders, and more.
I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t have more than a few things going on at once, so in addition to this, I am also a Pageant Queen and Miss Louisiana United States 2018.
Has it been a smooth road?
The biggest obstacle I faced was trying to balance my “9 to 5,” which had absolutely nothing to do with media, while still pouring into myself and my brand. I found myself using my “secure job” as a safety net and crutch. Although my job was a huge blessing that funded my ventures for the past eight years, I decided to take a leap of faith and walked away from it this past March to pursue my purpose and passions as a full-time entrepreneur.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Tula Talks Entertainment – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
I am a Media Personality, Digital Lifestyle Coach and Miss Louisiana United States 2018. I am most known for my show “Tula Talks,” where I cover the hottest events and produce content that entertains and inspires my viewers. I am also a mental health advocate who focuses on bridging the gap between mental health resources and those who need them.
What sets me apart from others is my dedication for balance and truth in all that I do.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I love everything about Atlanta! Although I currently reside in multiple states, Atlanta has always been my second home and a solid foundation for my brand. I love the level of talent and hidden gems the city has. Atlanta is truly a powerhouse city for creatives like myself.
- Website: https://www.tulatalks.com/
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tulaontv/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TulaOnTv/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/TulaOnTv
- Other: https://www.misslaus2018.com/