We had the good fortune of connecting with Tra’Renee Chambers and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tra’Renee, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
Finding a balance between work and life is definitely a juggling act and it’s not for the faint of heart! Moving into producing my own TV show last year with “Situations & Conversations with Tra’Renee,” as opposed to being the host of a network TV show, which I did previously, has had its benefits and its challenges. Specifically, as it relates to balance, now that I have my own show, I can do things on my own time, but this can give the illusion that I’m able to balance my professional and personal life better. But don’t be fooled because that is just simply not the case. Before, when I worked for a network, I had set hours and I knew when I could “turn it off.” For my own show, I serve as the creator, the executive producer, and the host. Now that I’m working for myself and I have an entire team, I feel like I’m working 24/7. I must be very mindful and meaningful in the time I spend working, in the time I spend with my family, and in the time I spend for myself. Intentionality is the key.
Let me tell you something, whoever said “you can do it all,” they should’ve qualified that statement. Youcan do it all but “can you do it all well?” is the real question. The answer to that is that I say sometimes yes and sometimes no.
My life is full every moment of the day. I have three kids, a husband, one dog, an ailing mom who lives out of state, I’m the host of iHeartRadio’s number one rated “Tra’Renee Show” on JAM’N 107.5 FM, Portland’s number one Hip Hop radio station, I create, host and executive produce my own “Situations & Conversations with Tra’Renee,” and I’m a correspondent on FOX 12’s More Good Day Oregon.
I will get up in the morning, spend a little quality time with my three daughters before they go to school, walk the dog, answers calls and emails, host my radio show, produce episodes for my own show, pick up my kids from school and from their after school activities, take more emails and calls, then at the end of the day we will watch a show together as a family and enjoy some quality family time together. Often my “me time” is rolled into that family time. To find some sort of balance in my life, sometimes I choose to leave my phone in a room away from me during family time. It’s important for me to be intentional about the times when I detach and disconnect. I look at balance like Simone Biles. She is the G.O.A.T. and on the balance beam, no one does it better than her. Sometimes she wobbles and sometimes she falls off, but she gets back up there for the win. In fact, this year, she got all the way off the beam and took care of her mental health. And then she came back and medaled in the Tokyo Olympics. She’s still the G.O.A.T. That’s me!!!
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
There are no coincidences. Seize every opportunity to learn, grow and elevate. I believe that’s what’s for me is for ME! I don’t compete with anyone and trust where I am is where I am supposed to be. I also believe the same for others. I am where I am because my father told me I could do “everything” I wanted and I believed him… I believed in myself (for the most part). It feels like my road has been “easy”, and if that means having faith and following my gut, then I guess it was. My success hasn’t come without challenges. I just overcame them with my faith, dedication and putting myself out there… even when uncomfortable (that’s where the growth lies). I am here to elevate, educate, empower, enlighten and entertain. That’s me!
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.
In Portland, we have some of the the best restaurants… that’s what I enjoy!!! We would go to brunch at Capitol PDX on Broadway and then be sure to go right across the River to Dosalas on the waterfront in Vancouver, WA. Oh, we would absolutely go wine tasting at Stoller Family Estate and check out the amazing views while we sip. For fun, we would also hit up Darcelle’s drag club and sing along with the fabulous queens and then head to El Gaucho or Portland City Grill for late night atmosphere and cocktails.
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 a shout out to my family. Thank you for believing in and supporting me… ALWAYS!!! I love you and hope I make you proud.
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