We had the good fortune of connecting with Tameka Marshall and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tameka, Let’s talk about principles and values – what matters to you most?
This question is fantastic because we often proclaim “self-made,” “I did it by myself,” or “nobody helped me.” Honestly, that’s untrue. Everyone has had help in some way or the other. Unless you are investing yourself, hiring yourself, or purchasing your product (s) only, someone believed enough at a stage of your life to spend their money on you. Understanding that people are necessary for success helped me build a brand on support, honesty, and integrity. I treat everyone with the same respect I require and invest my time learning more about my clients, friends, and business ventures.
Be consistent with your personality and brand. I am in the creative and organizing space; therefore, it is imperative to be compatible with the brand you want people to invest in financially, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually; this shows people you are serious about your product.
Check-in on people. Don’t only contact someone when you require their help or support. Say hi and hello; ask them how they are doing and how you can support them. Building a solid relationship is better than making a moment because the connection will outlive the moment and can become more beneficial for future endeavors in your personal or business life.
If you take nothing from what I have said, take this, treat others well because we need each other to succeed.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Being a dreamer is very risky but also very rewarding. We have to make many sacrifices and sometimes over-explain to someone who does not understand. We want to make our families happy, but you have to ask yourself at what cost?
I was never the girl that knew the career she wanted from the inception or planned my life out. However, I was sure I wanted to make an impact on the world while leaving a legacy. My childhood life molded me into who I am today greatly. Being Guyanese has its many perks. From a fledgling age, we learn to respect each other, build a community, and love each other. These are the building blocks I have infused into my business life.
While my business is still undefined in my mind, I know it servers as a connecting point to enhance the dreamers, undecided innovators, and creatives. We try desperately to fit into these sociality boxes and feel like a failure when we don’t. The truth is, society has failed us by telling us we can only be or do one thing.
As an undefined business, I serve as a host, event organizer, creative, branding strategist, and public relations representative. I sometimes fill other shoes, but these are my most consistent.
Recently, I organized and produced the first TEDx event in Queens, New York, by a black female immigrant. To deny this as one of the proudest moment in my career would be a lie. We faced my challenges to get there, but we stayed consistent for the win. I am not where I want to be, but I am sailing ahead to my destination and welcome every challenge because they will serve as landmarks of what I use to be and who I am now.
Build to Win the Community, TEDxQueensVillage, and Tam Talks are all my labor of love. I stay prayerful that one day, I will collaborate with major companies and brands such as The Creative Collective, OWN Network, Tyler Perry Studios, and more. Each company listed was birthed out of the dream of a black creative/innovator. They all started with tremendous obstacles but persevered to become the brands and empires they are today.
It will get tough, and you will want to give up; DON’T! Each hurdle is a lesson or a blessing for your next season. Anything worth having is worth working hard and sacrificing for; there will come a day when you will reap your harvest.
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.
New York is known for its nightlife and many, many, many venues. Choosing one great thing about New York is indeed a difficult task, but I will take you to my roots. As an Afro-Guyanese, I am always on the hunt for an excellent Caribbean spot.
It is mandatory that we first visit Little Guyana to stock up on our snacks and loaves of bread. The store has a diverse selection of groceries from Guyana that would make your heart happy. Now that that is taken care of, we are ready for the adventures of the city.
The Door, Caribbean Social, Sugarcane, Suede, and Dunns River would be great dinner spots for the Caribbean flavor.
I am also a massive fan of Italian foods; therefore, we must visit Maialino, Via Carota, or Lilia in the city.
Being that I enjoy the calm, for fun and relaxation, I go to Long Island because there is much real estate of gardens, restaurants on the lake or with a view. New York is dazzling because of its unique ability to drive 30 minutes to tall buildings, bright lights, subways, and fast-paced people, then back to a calm, quiet space.
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 am, firstly, giving honor to God for every blessing in my life. Without God, none of this would be possible.
Finding a spouse is a great thing, but finding a supportive, understanding dream builder is superb. I am in awe of all the things I have accomplished because of my husband. He saw in me what I didn’t see in me. Dale was the first person to speak into my life about where I am today. Over the years, he has taken the time to do the work and teach me; this allows me to become better with my projects and an asset to others. Forever grateful for my husband, Dale Marshall.