We had the good fortune of connecting with Trene Todd and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Trene, why did you pursue a creative career?
My creative career all started as a child. I always imagined myself interviewing celebrities, I was obsessed with collecting media magazines and reading up on celebrities. I also loved writing. I remember writing stories in elementary school and reading them to my friends and family. I joined journalism clubs in school as well as the newspaper club. All of these things led me to pursue my creative career. I stayed the course because it was always my dream to be able to express myself and show myself and others that dreams do come true. I also love to be able to share my passions with others in the creative field. Having a creative career is a part of who I am.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My freelance journalism career started in 2013. I created my blog Trendy ERA and would write blog posts on all the latest Hip Hop news. At the time, I was attending California State University, Northridge. I would use my brand Trendy ERA as a way to be able to attend events. Along with my own brand, I was an entertainment reporter for The Jasmine Brand. It was at the Fox’s Empire TV show premiere that I got taste of what I had been really wanting to do in my career. I joined Afterbuzz TV not too shortly after that and was also able to attend press junkets, BET Awards, and other amazing movie premieres. I still maintained my blog, but knew that something was missing. There was a short period in my career where I stopped blogging. I hit the pause button on entertainment journalism. I started to lose excitement for it and interviewing celebrities wasn’t as fulfilling as it used to be. In 2018, I shifted my brand from entertainment to food journalism. It was definitely a scary transition for me because I had no idea how I would be able to reach opportunities in a new field of journalism. Since making the change, I’ve been blessed to create content with restaurants in Los Angeles, travel more, and pursue brand partnerships. I’m most excited about taking my journalism skills into writing for an established food journalism publication. I’ve taken a lot of risks and even had moments when I wanted to quit, but in the end where I’m heading to is much more bigger than those moments where I thought I had lost it all. I want others to know that dreams do come true, even if you’re the first in your family or community to do something, never lose sight of what you’re doing when it comes to your dreams, passions, and goals.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
This was one of the reasons why I changed my field in journalism to food journalism. First of all I love food! I’m also that friend who is always able to recommend the best happy hour spots in the city. I’d take my friend to West Hollywood for a day time happy hour. First we’d hit up Gracias Madre for their nachos and some of their Purista cocktails. Next, we’d hit up Ceconni’s for their posh $4 – $7 happy hour. We’d definitely also have to hit up a few rooftop spots. Pilot DTLA and also even E.P. & L.P. Both roof top spots have delicious light bites and yummy cocktails. E.P. & L.P. also has a good DJ set as well! We can’t forget brunch. We’d have to go to Market Provisions for their $5 mimosas. I’d also take them to Escala for a Columbian fusion brunch that has delicious food and a fun DJ set. One of my other exciting places to check out is the beach. We’d go to Hermosa Beach, rent some roller blades and skate around the beach. I love going to hidden gems in Los Angeles, so we’d also check out some new spots that are opening up in the city!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My auntie and my best friend Maddie deserve a little credit in my story. My auntie always pushed me to stay the course with pursuing entertainment journalism. When I wanted to change from entertainment journalism to food journalism, my best friend supported me in this change. She also would always read my blog posts and helped me even create a media kit. I also have to think back to my high school newspaper class. My teacher helped me really step into writing creatively. I also want to dedicate my success to Afterbuzz TV. I wouldn’t have been able to be involved in many of my journalism opportunities had it not been for that organization. Afterbuzz TV trusted me with their brand when I would go to red carpet events and represent them at various events. I also can’t forget to give a shout out to my friend Aileen. She was actually one of the first people to give me a sneak peek of interviewing celebrities. We met in one of our journalism classes. She invited me to help her shoot her interviews, but she encouraged me to also interview celebrities that night and it literally all started from that night.