Tamara is a creative at heart with an arts background in illustration, design, photography and music. Growing up, most of her time was spent dabbling in each of these areas. Exploring each of those avenues of creativity eventually led her to Columbia College where she graduated with a B.A. in Arts Entertainment and Media Management and Music Business.
After Columbia College, she continued her studies at Illinois Institute of Art. She started her career in radio working for Clear Channel and WZFS-FM 106.7 The Fish. From there, she gained experience working in other facets of media and entertainment via companies such as TLN (Total Living Network), Discovery Channel, TLC, JET Magazine, Blavity and more. Tamara now carries over 7 years of experience in multimedia communications which includes Journalism, FM radio, film/television production, stage production, promotions, creative direction, digital copyrighting, and marketing.
Being an advocate for other creatives, coupled with a passion for collaborating with and promoting artists, Tamara founded the 24/7 online radio platform ArtSoul Radio.com. Fueled by a growing team of creatives, this international platform highlights inspirational artists of a wide variety of music styles and is designed to be an entertainment alternative for youth and young adults.
Because of her strong passion for youth and their development, Tamara also founded the non-profit organization, "Cover Them With Love" in 2010. This organization focuses on giving clothing and other needed items to homeless youth in Chicago. When she's not working, you will find her involved in this type of community service or working one on one with youth.
As a freelance journalist, she has conducted interviews for both video and print with a host of entertainers, film-makers, entrepreneurs and more. Interviewee names include DeVon Franklin & Meagan Good, Richard Lee Brooks (of Being Mary Jane), Beverley Evans, Dr. Holly Carter (Merge Summit), Michelle Williams, Tye Tribbett, The Walls Group, Casey J, Propaganda, KB, Sho Baraka, Dee 1, DJ Wadeo, Alex Faith, Michael & Lisa Gungor, Ameena Brown, Dhati Lewis (Blueprint Church), Lisa Arnold (Caged No More The Movie + God's Not Dead), Theodore "Ted" Shaw (Director of UNC Center for Civil Rights) and many more.
Tamara is currently a contributing writer for Jet Magazine, Blavity and ArtSoul Radio. She also provides creative direction as the executive producer for video and radio show production at ArtSoulRadio.com.
Having a strong passion for Film & TV, she also freelances in TV/Film Production. She has completed two independent projects with independent Filmmaker Sway. She has also served as the Director/Co-Director and Executive Producer for a variety of video productions through ArtSoul Radio and other projects. In addition to working on outside independent projects, her most recent work in this field includes working on the set of films such as Secret Santa (TLC), Death Wish (feat. Bruce Willis). She uses each opportunity to continue growing in knowledge of her craft and of the industries she is involved in.
Highlighted Interviews and Articles:
The highlighted interviews above show examples of interviews that were facilitated by Tamara. They include both print and video interviews. She also provided creative direction for the videos that are highlighted.
Radio Show Production: "Off the Record" Radio Show
Role: Executive Producer/Co-Creator, Programming, Guest Host
TV/Film Production Team
Film: "Secret Santa"
Role: Associate Producer, Art Team Assistant, Lead Interviewer
This is the promo video for the “I Lost My Creativity” Documentary. It is also an ode to creativity and collaboration between three filmmakers. (Julio J. Irizarry, Charlie Espinel, Jan Stone Alvaro)
Video Creative Direction
Role: Executive Producer, Director
(See the videos currently posted in the Journalism section for more samples of video direction.)